Lutron Dimming System - Any Owners?

chris11895October 1, 2012

We're about to get started on our new build and are working with a lighting designer. She showed us the Lutron Dimming system where you can program scenes and I've done some on-line research, but not much is coming up. I'm hoping I can get input from any owners and whether they think it was worth the extra expense or not. Also, if you decided not to go with it, what were the factors in that?

I'd say my biggest pet peeve in all of our previous homes has been a million switches - fiddling for the right switch, or thinking you'd use a light switch here, but finding you really need it over there. So the idea of "scenes" does address that. On the flip side, the extra $$$ was not in our initial budget so I don't know if I want to spend it on this. And then back to the other side, we plan on staying in this house forever and the lighting is important to me.

Also, I have to go back to the designer because one thing was not clear to me: If I want to manually turn a light on or off how do I override the system? If anyone on here can answer that, please do!

Any feedback/input/suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Individual switches can be overridden at the specific switch(es) by turning it (them) on/ off.

A quick blurb ...

There are several competing systems for home automation - Z-Wave, Zigbee, Lutron's Radio RA, X-10/ Insteon.

Lutron's solution works better than X-10/ Insteon (as do Z-Wave and Zigbee). However, it is a proprietary system that is promoted solely by Lutron.

Z-Wave is another proprietary RF based home automation system, but which has been licensed to other companies - GE, Leviton, ... The downside is that switches from vendor A may work better than those from vendor B/ C.

Zigbee is an IEEE standard. It utilizes mesh networking to enhance signal reliability. There are a number of vendors, each of which have some market share.

At this stage, it is likely that designers will promote Lutron over Zigbee since it is a single vendor with a comprehensive solution.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 12:44PM
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We put in the Lutron Graphic Eye in a remodel almost decade ago and loved it so much that we insisted that it be a part of the contract on our new construction six years ago. We have been very happy with it. To save money, we actually did a combination of Graphic Eye in the living areas where we cared about scenes and Aurora in the areas (front rooms, exterior lights) that we really only wanted remote one touch on/off lighting for. We have a down stairs master/mother-in-law suite for my elderly mother who did not want programmable lighting, should have done it anyway but didn't to save money. We are now redoing this space and are currently considering Lutron's Spacer lighting. My biggest regret was not getting the shades throughout the house wired to work with the lighting. If we ever do new construction again we would do Lutron, including shades through the whole house. I also like the that they have custom colors for outlets and switches.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 4:08PM
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Hello Chris, Since you seem to like the concept of lighting control and you state that this will be your forever home, the investment in a good system will not only pay you back in energy savings, but also enhance your living and lifestyle every single day and night. The convenience becomes hard to live without once you've had it.

I've designed and programmed Lutron systems for many years. Any good programmer is going to give you individual buttons to control local lighting circuits as well as include those circuits in scenes. Thus, you can manually turn on any individual light/circuit with a simple button press, while not turning on an entire scene.

Lutron is the most reliable system there is. I have systems going back to 1992, and all of them still work perfectly. With something as critical as the lighting inside and outside your home, you need that kind of reliability.

If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me directly.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 8:08AM
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