Originally Posted by Staffy
What kind of light switches are those?
Yes, Lutron Spacer.
It seems that everything in the build comes with a story, so here is the story on my switches.
In the very begining (no, not BC just the beginning of my basement build) I decided the lighting for my theater. Unfortunately, it was before I discovered this forum. I went to the "pros" to disscuss my thoughts and they sold me the Lutron switches (I think this was the first thing I purchased in the entire build).
From left to right in the picture above
1. Master control SPS 5WC WH (to control all the switches)
2. Standard dimmer SPS 600 WH (to control cans above screen)
3. Two way dimmer SPS 600M WH (to control rope light around tray ceiling (with another switch located at the other entrance to the theater)).
4. Standard dimmer SPS 600 WH (to control front sconces)
5. Standard dimmer SPS 600 WH (to control rear sconces)
6 Standatrd dimmer SPS 600 WH (to control cans over third row bar table.
When I ordered I was VERY clear what I needed yet after I received and read up, the SPS 5WC master is only lised to control 4 switches on one side of it not 5 as I wanted. The salesman said they did this regularly and there shouldn't be an issue. They also sent me all standand switches without the one two-way that I needed.
Fast forward many months when I went to instaill and realized I had the wrong switches, I contacted Lutron directly. I had already broken off the relation with the first company I was working with as it appeared my 15-20K equipment and 7K funiture budget wasn't enough to waist his time. If I get the urge to type another note I will explain all that but back to the switches.
So, when talking to Lutron directly, they said I would need a different master controler (SPS 5WCR WH) that contains wires an a transmitting device that passes the signal from the master to all of the switches in the box. If you look closely in the pic above the fourth switch from the left has two little tabs on the top. The transmitting device sits on top of the middle switch in the group to transmit to all.
So when I received the replacments, I finally worked up the courage to wire this crazy box. It was not particularly deep as another box is directly behind it in the game room and with so many wires it was very tight.
I was again VERY clear with the Lutron rep that I had a six gang box that I was using. After installing I found that this master switch was not intended to be located in the same box as the switches it controls. The transmitting device actually interfers with it's own performane if located in the same box. I then read the instructions and confirmed my fears. So now I had to pull this tightly packed box back apart to put the origianl master in and try it. Thankfully the original master works like a charm for 5 dimmers to one side of it...
Blaaaaaaaaaaaaa that was a pain in the rear.
Now for those of you that haven't fallen asleep with the above, and are not familar with the scene buttons on the lutron SPS, the master works just like the preset on your car radio stations. You set your individual dimmers to the intensity you want them then simply press and hold one of the master's 4 scene buttons until in starts blinking. When you later put that scene button, all of the lights it control will return to the set levels. It also can be remotely controled. The top button turns all the switches on and the bottom turns them all off. There are other features but this has been long and boring enough post.
The moral of this story is don't buy anything without researching and understanding yourself. Looking back, I probably would have went with a touch screen control and located the actual switches in another room.
I also would have planned for the light control for my riser. Still haven't figured out what I am going to do there yet. I will probably put a switch on the back of the third row bar table and control via remote.