I did a house with X-10 before, and had intermittent outages (sometimes modules would not respond), but most importantly, sometimes lights would turn on for no reason. It didn't happen often, but enough to be annoying. I want to use this dimmer in a media room, and IR will allow me to blend lights into a media remote macro.
So you guys don't find these dimmers a little on the high side, huh? I bought a MAELV-600 last week for about $120, and thought that was steep. For this remote dimmer, even if I could get it for $180 as Eagle suggests, I'm sure that dosen't include the remote. That's more expensive then the track & lighting fixtures I'm connecting it to. If it ever gets taken out in a surge, I will lose my lunch.
Do they only make the different flavors of dimmers to get them to work? I always assumed that if you mixed matched you might hurt the life of the dimmer and the transformer it feeds. Does an icandescent dimmer effect a transformer(either magnetic or electronic) at all?
To be honest, this is my first experience with LV lighting (except for outdoor). The track lighting & fixture mfg. recommended the ELV dimmers, though I forget why. My track is carrying 120V; each fixture has an electronic transformer to step down to 12V- the advantage is being able to mix-n-match fixtures. I didn't even think about researching dimmer info. Now if I do it, I may cry. Anyone know the 'advantage' to using ELV dimmers? No buzzing? Energy efficiency? Bulb life?
Sometimes it will make a terible buzzing sound. Sometimes the light flickers. Iv'e seen times where a dimmer was not LV (installed by others) with no noticeable effects. We onece got the wrong LV dimmer magnetic not electronic and of coarse no returns.
You could use a dimming module like a HP-2 with most dimmers. It will allow you to run a lot more wattage but it wont save you $$.