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Offline Freakin

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Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« on: May 22, 2013, 02:29:48 pm »
I'll preface this by saying I'm extremely new to home automation.  Veralite is in the mail right now.

I have two GRX-3104 units in a house I just bought, and I'm looking for zwave alternatives for these

It's a 4-zone scene controller
http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/SingleRoomControls/GrafikEye3000/Overview.aspx

What sort of switches would I replace this with to get independent dimming of all 4 zones?  I'm pretty sure the lights are low voltage halogens.


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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 02:53:00 pm »
Your current question and any future questions are a search away. Many new comings ask the same question many times over the a search can save you from creating a new one. You might want to have a look into the Leviton Zone Controllers.

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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 05:15:14 pm »
If I may ask; why are you looking for replacements to these units?

They seem like very high-end controllers that appear to do what Vera would.

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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 06:07:01 pm »
I'm having trouble understanding which kind of modules I would need to buy.  If I remove this existing scene controller I do not have any switches or dimmers for the lamps.  The leviton zwave scene controllers would have nothing to interface with.

Would I need to get a separate zwave dimmer for each set of lamps then use a scene controller? 
Can I use in-wall zwave modules without existing switches?  Can I link multiple in-wall modules to a single physical switch for local control?

The Grafik Eye also supports IR, and one of the units I want to control is in the room where media center is going to be.  Would a SQ Blaster w/ a high powered external flasher be better than trying to replace with zwave? 



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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2013, 06:11:22 pm »
If I may ask; why are you looking for replacements to these units?

They seem like very high-end controllers that appear to do what Vera would.

I want to be able to integrate them with Vera. 

There appears to be an RS232 module that is in excess of $400.
The systems use a proprietary interface to extend and control the units from remotely
They have an IR receiver on the front but no place to mount a led emitter for it that isn't a huge eyesore (the newer units have direct connect from an IR blaster on the back but unfortunately mine are the original). 

So I like the units, but I don't see a cost effective and reliable way to integrate them. 

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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 01:08:51 am »
Check out the ViziaRF+ line of Zwave devices.  They offer some wall controllers which have IR control capability built into them.

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/SectionDisplay.jsp?section=41549&minisite=10251
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Re: Alternatives to Lutron Grafik Eye
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 12:31:54 pm »
I think I'm going to try a bare bulb IR emitter hidden under the front face plate on top of the receiver and see how well it works.

Thanks for the input!