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Offline realbass1

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Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« on: August 25, 2011, 11:09:13 pm »
Hello folks,
     I've been a lurker for quite a long time (probably around a year or so) and finally broke down and ordered my Vera 2 and a few GE dimmers today. I'm a bit confused about pricing differences on low voltage dimmers. My home theater room has 6 x 50w low voltage lights on one circuit. The installer _believes_ that they use magnetic transformers. The current dimmer (not zwave) says it's for "600 w max permanently installed incandescent). I've been looking at a few low voltage dimmers, and there seem to be a huge difference in price. Take for instance:

http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-VRI10-1LX-Incandescent-Capable-Dimmer/dp/B001U3Z4CK/ref=sr_1_18?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1314326973&sr=1-18

which is 38 bucks, where as others can cost an upwards of 125 bucks.

http://www.smarthome.com/45004/Leviton-RZM10-1LX-VRM10-1LX-Vizia-RF-Z-Wave-Dimmer-Magnetic-Low-Voltage/p.aspx

What's the difference? Thanks for helping this newb!

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011, 11:19:10 pm »
@realbass1,

Welcome!

Leviton-VRI10-1LX-Incandescent-Capable-Dimmer which is 38 bucks,
It's showing $93 for me at your Amazon link?

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2011, 11:22:14 pm »

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011, 11:27:07 pm »
ZWave tax...  The VPxxxx is the non-ZWave version, still in the Vizia line of "Look".   The VRxxxx that you initially linked is the Z-Wave version.

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 11:31:47 pm »
wow i feel dumb now. Thanks... Guess i gotta pony up!

Thank you. I thought Vizia + meant ZWave

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 11:33:38 pm »
I thought Vizia + meant ZWave
Vizia RF+ means Z-Wave.
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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 11:34:57 pm »
Normally it's "Vizia RF+" (or similar), and it's definitely an easy mistake to make. 

Look for the "RF" bit, or eventually you'll get used to their model # designations (for Leviton, etc), usually just in time for them to change them  8)

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2011, 11:45:28 am »
Leviton has two versions of Z-Wave - Vizia RF which was replaced in the summer of 2008 with Vizia RF+  - some of the differences between the 2 is the Vizia RF part #'s start with RZ and are 9.6k in speed - Vizia RF+ part #'s start with a VR and are 40K in speed.

Leviton makes 2 Low-Voltage Dimmers - the difference between the 2 is the type of transformers it will be controlling - the VRM10-1L is 1000 watt dimmer used with a low-voltage magnetic transformer - the VRE06-1L is a 600 watt dimmer used the electronic low-voltage transformer alway check the lighting you are looking to control for the transformer type.  ;)

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Re: Low Voltage Dimmer Differences
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2011, 02:37:26 pm »
Thank you everyone!