Joyce, the Lutron Spacer is going to be one of the most affordable ways to do this, and www.remotecentral.com has sample Pronto .ccf files that handle scene programming, up/down dimming, on/off, etc.
Two options: the "normal" Spacer (one "scene" for one bank) or the Spacer System (four scenes with support for one or more banks). You can find the "normal" Spacer at Home Depot sometimes or most any lighting store--the Spacer System (denoted by product codes starting with SPS) is harder to find. If you have your Pronto and the right .ccf file, you don't need to buy the Lutron remote--I have a two bank Spacer System and programmed it using my Pronto.
Read more here from Lutron (the Spacer is #2, the Spacer System is #3):
I use the x10 lighting control system. While it is not as fancy as the one listed above it works fine for me. Instead of having the scenes set by the system, I use my remote's macro function to program different scenes for me. You can send me a PM if you would like more information but I'll provide some for you here to get you started ...
- I use the IR543 to control the lights (up to 16) which can be found for less than $30
- Radio Shack has a good buy on the above item. They have it for less than $30 and provide you with one lamp module and one appliance module. It is called Home Automation Value Pack and is part # 61-2410. link
- Individual wall switches can be found for about $12 each
- Plug in modules vary by piece but are also fairly cheap
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