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#26031 - 05/27/03 06:26 PM Need ideas-resi lighting
derater Offline

Registered: 03/30/02
Posts: 182
First thanks to all here-this site a great tool in the 'bag'.
Met with owner who is making play pen in basement.Lighting store wants to sell him $130 ea. master switches and it just starts there.Space is 30'x50' and his goal is to control as many fixtures possible with fewest units.Remote a must,but for the limited space there must be cheaper alternatives.Your thoughts?
Next;Owner also sez he burns bulbs quickly
and always has.I didn't have diagnostic time
but starting rough in tomorrow and I'm thinking something simple;loose service conn.somewhere.Again you're take?Thanks

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#26032 - 05/27/03 08:36 PM Re: Need ideas-resi lighting
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Most homeowners think they blow bulbs too often. Usually they just use them alot or have cheap bulbs. First check the voltage, if it's over 120, then the problem is most likely the voltage. If they use 130volt bulbs the problem will go away.

As for your switch question, we really need more info.

#26033 - 05/28/03 01:56 PM Re: Need ideas-resi lighting
derater Offline

Registered: 03/30/02
Posts: 182
Thanks E.E.;Owner making basement into rec space; pool table,air hockey,foosball,hot tub,video projector,kitchenette/wet bar,all with separately lighted areas.He wants to control all of them from one master and/or remote.There are various ways to do it;I,m just trying to find him best "bang for the buck".

#26034 - 05/28/03 02:18 PM Re: Need ideas-resi lighting
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
If it were me I would let the lighting store sell him whatever they want. I would not get in the middle unless I knew alot about the product they were selling or I had a better idea that I was 100 percent sure about. Lightolier has some systems as does Lutron whatever the case it won't be cheap. As for the bulbs loose neutrals, cheap bulbs, weird voltage, paranoid customers, all are possible factors.

#26035 - 06/08/03 11:34 AM Re: Need ideas-resi lighting
Obsaleet Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 361
Loc: Pa
Check out Leviton Home controls.They're wireless You can program up to like 126 loads. Have used them very successfully with security lighting. Control lights in garage with out running any cables.Also X-10 system.

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