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Simpleton Question on Lights
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Post 1 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 16:39
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I don't have any direct sight-line to any wall switches in my "theater-room". I'm a renter so I can't start digging in the walls or paying a contracter to install wall switches. Does an IR-controlled dimmer exist that I could plug into a standard oultet into which I could then plug my lamps into? Thanks for any help.

OP | Post 2 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 16:59
Brian Porter
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Well I don't see why you couldn't relace some switches...

I am a renter of an apartment and have replaced almost every light switch in the apartment. It is not a big deal at all..

I don't know of any DIRECT IR device(I DO believe they are out there) to control lights, but as far as X10 goes, this is what you are looking for.

Plug-in Lamp or Appliance module
(use the lamp module(dimming capabilities) for incandescent and appliance(on/off only) for flourescent lighting)
IR543 AKA 4040 which is you IR->X10 converter.

Of course with this you will need a pronto with the X10 IR codes or some other learning remote which has them
OP | Post 3 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 17:20
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Thanks Brian,
If I had a light switch in line of sight, I would defonitely replace it. I just don't want to have new light switch boxes cut into the wall and wired up. You mentioned that you are sure that plug in IR dimmers exist. Any ideas on where I could start looking? My Pronto is on the way.

OP | Post 4 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 18:38
Brian Porter
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Well i have seen kinda over simplified dimmers that respond to ANY IR code, in Sharper image.

Are you against using the X10 devices I suggested?
The cost woulr be around 40 bucks to begin with
1 IR543
1 lamp/appliance module

but then all you have to add are further X10 devices. Much more expandable than getting a dedicated IR dimmer for a single light.
OP | Post 5 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 18:42
brian porter
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BY the way, not sure why you are hung up on line of sight to your wall switches(unless you have looked at IR controlled wall switches), because all X10 commands go through your houses electrical system. All you need line of sight to is the IR543 module which you can place anywhere you want.
OP | Post 6 made on Tuesday September 14, 1999 at 19:43
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I'm showing my ignorance again! Did not realize that line of sight was not necessary-X10 should work great. I sure appreciate your patient help. I still don't understand the mechanics of how it goes through the apartments electrical wires but now I'm at least headed in the right direction for research.

Thanks again,
OP | Post 7 made on Wednesday September 15, 1999 at 12:40
Robert (RCI Automation)
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We have supplied many people on this forum with the right type of home automation equipment for use with the Pronto, and your existing lamps, light, ceiling fans, and appliances.

We have all the parts you need to get started. There are two types of lamp modules that you would plug your lamps into. One of them is much better in that it is twice as sensitive to X-10 signals, and offer other nice features like "soft start" (gradually ramping up of the lamp when you turn it on), and "memory dim" (it remembers the last dim level you set the lamp to and goes back to that level when you turn it on).

Please send us an e-mail or visit our web site for additional contact information and we can get the products out to you the same day.

RCI Automation

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