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Offline ald

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Two questions about Switches..
« on: May 19, 2010, 01:31:01 pm »
Two questions about Switches.. 
Leviton switch appear to require that you use all leviton remote switched on 3 and 4 way circuits for both dimming switches and on/of..
Has anyone tried to use conventional switches for the remotes?

I have some circuits that are 4 way and that will get pretty expensive, so that leads me to question number 2.  Is any one using a switch that doesn’t require the replacement of the remotes in a 4 way.. If so what is it and will it work for CPFL and LED as well as incandescent..

Looking for an economical solution for 3 and 4 ways dim and on/off..

Thanks..


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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010, 02:23:06 pm »
Answer to number 1 - You must use Leviton's devices as they are communicating and not just a standard remotes. For example you would need a VPI06 and 2x for the VP00R.

Answer to number 2 - Wayne Dalton's 3-way dimmers (HA14WD) allow you to use existing single pole or 3-way switches as remotes.

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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 07:49:05 pm »
Answer to number 1 - You must use Leviton's devices as they are communicating and not just a standard remotes. For example you would need a VPI06 and 2x for the VP00R.

Answer to number 2 - Wayne Dalton's 3-way dimmers (HA14WD) allow you to use existing single pole or 3-way switches as remotes.

I actually use a HA18WD as a 4-way, and it was a pain in the butt to get wired, and if I ever had to remove it from the wall I probably wouldn't be able to get it put back again. But it does work good.
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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 10:41:51 pm »
On a similar note ... is there a single switch/control that can be used as a virtual 3-way thus not having to run a traveler between switches or wiring to light ???

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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2010, 08:20:59 pm »
Over the years I've always viewed 3-way switches as an opportunity.  Put a controlled switch in one of the locations, put one of the single-gang 4-button controllers in the other, and program one of the 4 buttons to be the light which the 3-way controlled, leaving 3 more buttons at that location for additional programmable functionality.  In this case, possibly the VRCZ4, although unfortunately this is not an inexpensive solution.

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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 09:23:01 am »
grybrd, you might be able to use cooper RF9500 for your purpose, expensive but works well
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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2010, 11:10:49 am »
Thanks for all the input ... one last question.  Would a Leviton VRCS1-1LX work ... looking at the installation manual it can be just a scene controller ?????

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Re: Two questions about Switches..
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2010, 11:21:56 am »
You can use the VRCS1 as a virtual 3-way remote for swtiches or for multiple dimmers. You can use the VRCZ1 as a virtual 3-way for a single dimmer.