Lighting Zones - Too much of a good thing?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Jay Mitchosky, May 22, 2003.

  1. Jay Mitchosky

    Jay Mitchosky Producer

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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?
     
  2. MikeWh

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    Sounds like a plan, Jay! [​IMG] Glad you have it on paper! I'll take your word for it. [​IMG]


    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.
     
  3. Pam W

    Pam W Stunt Coordinator

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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
     
  4. 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.
     
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    Thanks for the price tip on RadioRA, Bill.
     
  6. Eddie L

    Eddie L Stunt Coordinator

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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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