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Lighting Zones - Too much of a good thing? (1 Viewer)

Jay Mitchosky

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I'm planning out lighting for me next HT have come up with six independent zones I would like to control:
  • Main overhead pot lights for ambient/fill
  • Overhead task lights to throw focused light on the seating positions (with louvres to minimize ambient)
  • Spot lights under soffets for accents, except for...
  • Spot light accents under soffet over screen (want to be able to shut them down independent of others)
  • Indirect lighting in soffit tray
  • Rope lighting under riser

Control would be through a Lutron Spacer remote wall-mount master and six Spacer dimmers (located in equipment room, fed by master's IR blaster). I've marked out the four scenes I would like to manage (Movie, Music, Entertain, Intermission) and each of the above zones have a specific role. On paper it looks heavy but I'm following the rules of ambient/fill lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Thoughts?
 

MikeWh

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Sounds like a plan, Jay! ;) Glad you have it on paper! I'll take your word for it. :emoji_thumbsup:


I hate replying in two threads (i.e., your other post on Spacers today), but I was wondering if you considered their RadioRA system... Seems like it could be very useful for expanding lighting control throughout the whole house (like X-10, but strict RF). I haven't done any price comparisons yet though.... I'd be interested to see those numbers.
 

Pam W

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Jay,

I also have 6 zones planned for my HT. Strongly considered the Spacer system, but when I started checking the prices, I found the Grafik Eye came so close in price (for 6 zones) that I went with the GE instead. Plus it'll give me more flexibility in scenes.

I definitely recommend price checking before you make your final decision!

pam
 

Bill Lucas

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Jay,

Pam hit the nail on the head. You'll get much more ease-of-use with a Lutron Grafik Eye and with the higher end Grafik Eye you achieve even more control over your scenes.

Radio RA is a great product BUT it's very expensive and I wouldn't use it for a single room application.
 

Eddie L

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Interesting that 2 of you say the Grafik Eye is better. I too was comparing prices and they are very close, within maybe $50. So I decided to call Lutron and ask. I was surprised when I was told that the Spacer would be better for my needs: HT room only, 3 zones, 3-4 scenes. I was told Spacer was more user friendly. I like the looks of GE much better than 3 dimmers and a master control. I just gotta say, I was surprised they weren't just out to make a buck, but to find what was best for my needs. But.....I stil haven't made up my mind yet. You may be steering me to the GE.
Thanks,
Ed
 

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