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I just want to control 2-3 lighting circuits by IR cost effectively and reliably. I keep Googling but end up confusing myself. I came across x10 and everything at smarthome.com but they all need this, that, and a controller. I just want an IR receiver within my rack, and have my remote control send signals to the IR blaster to take care of the lights. Is anything like this out there? TIA
 

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Like knowinnothin stated, Lutron makes an IR dimmer:

http://www.lutron.com/Products/Stand.../Overview.aspx


Lutron also makes what they call the Spacer System which allows scene control via IR:

http://www.lutron.com/Products/Singl.../Overview.aspx


You didn't mention what remote you were using, but URC has a line of Lutorn made dimmers that are controlled natively via RF from URC remotes. If you have a URC remote, this is probably the best solution:

http://www.universalremote.com/solut...ng-control.php


There are also Z-Wave based remotes that can do similar. Stay away from X-10 and Insteon if you can.
 

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These threads may help


You can put an IR emitter into the light dimmer/switch junction box. Though, the wire you should use for the IR should be 600V rated, to legally be located in the box with the line voltage wiring.

http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin...cgi?sid=277614


I'd go with Lutron Spacer, or Maestro RF. Maybe a cheap UPB option?
 

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Insteon isn't as complex as you think. You need an IRLinc in your equipment closet to receive IR commands and then dimmer modules where you want to control the load. It's very straightforward. But people have experienced reliability issues. But I have not with 30+ devices. It has worked great for me!
 

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The Lutron Spacer system lets you put the dimmers in the equipment closet. You pair the dimmers with a remote-mounted keypad (SPS-5WCR) which includes a IR blaster to connect the keypad to the equipment room.
 

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Originally Posted by scl23enn4m3 /forum/post/19649328


Thanks for the replies everyone. So can I just get one of these: http://www.smarthome.com/2411R/IRLin...nverter/p.aspx

And a bunch of these: http://www.smarthome.com/2876DB/ICON...-Switch/p.aspx


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Yes. I'd try to see if you can get them from Amazon to take advantage of their return policy. Then get just one switch with the IRLinc and try it out.


Hmmm... Amazon seems to have the IRLinc (Prime, too) but not the cheaper ICON dimmer:
http://www.amazon.com/Smarthome-2411...9&sr=8-2-fkmr1


They do have the regular dimmer though:
http://www.amazon.com/Smarthome-2476...2380202&sr=1-1


I use those ICON modules as they're about $10 cheaper than the regular ones. But they don't have some features. For example you can't program the dim/bright rate. It's set at 2 seconds.


They come in different colors and color change kits are available, so you're not stuck with white.
 

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Yes. I'd try to see if you can get them from Amazon to take advantage of their return policy. Then get just one switch with the IRLinc and try it out.


Hmmm... Amazon seems to have the IRLinc (Prime, too) but not the cheaper ICON dimmer:
http://www.amazon.com/Smarthome-2411...9&sr=8-2-fkmr1


They do have the regular dimmer though:
http://www.amazon.com/Smarthome-2476...2380202&sr=1-1


I use those ICON modules as they're about $10 cheaper than the regular ones. But they don't have some features. For example you can't program the dim/bright rate. It's set at 2 seconds.


They come in different colors and color change kits are available, so you're not stuck with white.

Ah thank you for the tips. This is something I can retrofit after everything is done right? I don't have to run any wires before sheetrocking is up? How does the IRLinc communicate to the switches? I still haven't figured out what INSTEON is lol.
 

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Ah thank you for the tips. This is something I can retrofit after everything is done right? I don't have to run any wires before sheetrocking is up? How does the IRLinc communicate to the switches? I still haven't figured out what INSTEON is lol.

You can put the sheetrock up. Just make sure all your switch boxes have a neutral available. All modern wiring has that. But really... I would test it first so you don't limit your options with hard wired systems if it turns out you need that. I'm almost 100% sure you won't, but sheetrock installation and finish is expensive! Up to you, of course.


Insteon communicates through the house wiring like X10. But then they added radio communications too. It's a grid network.


Now they have "dual-band" dimmers that are even more expensive... $65. I don't know what they are about.
 
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