Originally Posted by Redfin
I saw some earlier questions about the Ultimate and Lutron IR dimmers, as a new owner of the Ultimate, I can unequivocally state that it works as advertised. I didn't have to "learn" the codes, it found my model right away for on, off, bright, dim. It manages these well from both the iPad app, as well as the hand-held remote.
With that said though, I'm a little disappointed with how you have to operate the lights. I need to figure out a better way run the activities. For example, I set a watch movie activity with TV, amp, blu-ray, and the lutron. In order to dim it goes full bright than it works to the added commands. Then when I switch to watch tv it goes off then follows the commands of the watch tv activity.
It would be nice to be able to add the commands for a component without having to first do the power on step. If you don't list the item as a power on item to begin with, you don't have the ability to add commands within that activity.
Originally Posted by tboe77
I have Lutron IR dimmers and I have my remote set up so it does not turn the lights on or off when starting or ending an activity, which is what I think you want to do.
How I did it: For my Lutron light device, go to the device settings, then change device settings, then power settings. At the next screen I selected "I want to leave this device powered on all the time", then the next screen I selected "I press two different buttons for on and for off". At the next screen for the power on commands and power off commands, I selected/created a "bogus" command that doesn't do anything with the lights. This was to make sure that if the harmony sent a command when I started or stopped an activity, it still wouldn't control the lights.
Hopefully that process makes sense. I now control my lights with the press of a soft button on the screen. I have "all lights on", "lights preset", and "all lights off" on the screen for each of my activities.