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I'm planning on installing the lutron Maestro Ir dimmers for a cheap and hopefully easy lighting set-up in my home theater. I want to be able to have two or three zones by using two or three maestro dimmers.

My question is, do i need three Ir dimmers, or can i just get one IR dimmer with 2 extra dimmer switches?


I'm guessing i need all three Ir dimmers, but i just want to make sure here seeing as this will be a little more expensive.

Thanks in advance for the help :)
 

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Ooh, that's a tough one. I've used the Maestro IR in the past, but back then it did not have provisions for three zones. It was just a single dimmer with a single set of IR codes for the commands. That was 5 years ago, though, so things may have changed.

It is a nice cheap way to get dimming in your home theater, though.

Good luck.
 

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Anthony is right about the Maestro dimmers. They have one set of remote codes for the dimmer and can't be changed. That means if you had all three in IR-sight of the remote they would all be equally controlled at the same time. IR-sight can be the majority of the room if it bounces off walls etc.

That might not be a bad thing however. What you can do is get creative with programming the scenes. For example preset one could make zone one 100%, zone two 50% and zone three off. So set preset one on dimmer one to 100%, preset one on dimmer two to 50% and preset one on dimmer three to off.

You just won't be able to control individual zones from the remote.
 
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