I have a Grafik-Eye 6-zone controller, but want to do 7-zones. Are there any relatively inexpensive options out there to add that last zone that can be controlled by the GE? A second 2-zone GE costs $500, so that option is too costly for me.
For the 7th zone, I had the idea to use a single Lutron Spacer dimmer. It's cheap at $60. the Spacer even comes with a remote control. I can use a programmable remote control like Harmony or Home-Theater-Master that can handle "macros" to control both Grafik Eye and the Spacer and "simulates' 7-zones of control. However, I don't know if this will work or not. Does GE and Spacer use different Infra-Red codes? I guess my idea would only work if they use different IR codes.
You may not know this but each zone on the GE can be set to a binary on-off. If you did that you could have one of those zones run to a dimmer. I am not sure how you'd do your ground and neutral on the dimmer, though...
Why don't you lay out what each zone is and maybe we'll get more ideas?
2. 6 Recessed lights over seating area, 2 columns x 3 rows.
3. 3 Eyeball lights in back that wash the rear wall.
4. 4 Side sconces, 2 on left, and 2 on right wall.
5. 2 Rear sconces.
6. Tray light in ceiling.
The 7th are planned for Spacer.
7. 2 step lights on riser.
The GE can do 4 scenes. If I press the Scene #1 button on the GE remote, will it also activate a scene on the Spacer? The Spacer remote also has 3 buttons (on/brighten/dim). Will these buttons affect the GE?
I guess the easiest thing to do is to combine 2 zones but I like all 7 zones right now to merge any.
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