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I purchased a cheap remote control system from radio shack called plug 'n power. It controls 3 outlets and a dimmer. Will any of the remotes work with this as well as my eqipment? I would like to have one remote, control this lighting system as well as my eqipment if possible. Would the mx-600 or 800 do this?
 

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Did your "system" come with a box called an IR543, that looks like this...

http://www.smarthome.com/images/4040.gif


or did it come with an RF unit that looks like this...

http://www.smarthome.com/images/4005_side.jpg


If it's the former (the IR543) then you're in luck, you can use most Radio Shack and One For All remotes to control this, using HOME/0167 or CD/0167.


If you got the RF box, you will need to buy an IR543 (for just $20 from http://www.homeautomationnet.com ) in order to use an infrared remote.
 

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Anthony's correct - Any home theater remote worth it's salt will have X-10 codes pre-programmed.
 

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How many circuits do you want to control? You could remain with these X-10 devices, you could go with Lutron spacer, Lutron System Spacer, or Lutron Graphic Eye. Spacers run about $60 but can control only one load. System spacer will run about 150 (?) and I think it can do a max of 4 loads.

Graphic Eyes are the most expensive but are also the most flexible can control up to 6 loads and run between 400 - 1k. The Graphic Eye gives you fade times which is quite cool in a theater and can control magnetic low voltage loads. All the others require incandescent loads.


The codes for X-10 and each of the Lutron devices are built in to the MX-700 data base. The Lutron devices are much better built than any X-10 device and they have a better industrial design. As the codes for each device are in the MX-700 it comes down to aesthetics, functinality and price.



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Originally posted by cwpomeroy
can I ask the question the other way? If I have the MX-700, what should I buy to allow me to control lights?
Pick up the $20 IR543, which receives the IR signal from your remote and converts it to X-10 on the powerline. Then you can add X-10 modules to the lights and devices you want to control. It's VERY simple, feel free to drop me a line if you have any detailed questions - [email protected]
 
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