Originally Posted by Jim S.
I just wonder how much the lightolier zone costs to replace compared to a GE.
The Lightolier was about $250 for the control unit and $135 for each zone.[/quote]
GE vs Lightolier..
The lightolier takes one gang/zone + keypad. So a 6 zone GE takes 4 gangs, a six zone Lightolier takes 7 gangs.
That is the most dramatic example. If a zone on a LOL goes out, you just change that zone dimmer. A zone on a GE goes out, you get a new GE.
Your prices are way too high. The keypad should cost $125 and each zone around $65.
The Lightolier uses all standard 120 V wire. You can distribute the zone dimmers wherever you want, and keypads anywhere you want, only connecting them with a single standard wire. You can even have the dimmers on different phases with no problem.
GE capacity is 2000W total for 4 to 6 zone. The Lightolier are 600W each (must be derated when ganged together) and are available in 1000, 1500, 2000W versions. So a 4 zone Lightolier ganged together must be derated to 500/400/400/500 or 1800W vs 2000W for GE. doing a 6 zone would get you 2600W vs the GE at 2000W.
The GE interface is more intuitive and elegant. The zone lights are hidden, the Lightolier has them on each dimmer, always visible (you can program brightness). On the GE, you adjust a scene and it auto remembers, on the Lightolier you have to program the scenes by pushing a hidden button on each dimmer, then the scene button. Less intuitive.
Anyway.. enough on the differences.. I use both all the time.
Hope this helps..