I’m building a basement HT. Just outside the theatre room door I plan to have a row of 7 switch/dimmers with a custom wall plate to fit all 7. These switches will be within access just before you enter the room but not within line of sight inside the room and if you close the doors they are fully outside the room.
I am confused about which switch dimmer brand to choose and whether I should buy all dimmers or some switch and how would different ones in the same wall plate look.
Here is what each switch/dimmer will run(not specifically in this order)
- 8 perimeter soffit can lights, dimmable LED
- 2 front area center ceiling can lights dimmable LED
- 4 rear area center ceiling can lights, dimmable LED
- An outlet in the floor that will energize a transformer running a fibaro controller running 30+ft of color changing dimmable LED strip light around the edge of the seating at the floor.
- An outlet in the ceiling energizing a transformer running a fibaro controller running 65+ ft of color changing dimmable LED strip light around the ceiling soffit.
- 5 outlets located in 5 columns each one possibly running led strip lighting as 5 above. Aka the column edge would glow.
6ALT. 5 wall sconces running dimmable LED bulbs.
- 3 color changing dimmable LED can spot lights at the front of the room near the screen.
I’m slightly confused on the LED strip lights. I know the transformer plugs to 120v. I want to energize that outlet with a switch and also use the fibaro controller to scene the led strips such that I get dim floor lighting during a movie but brighter floor lighting when ceiling lights are on
Do I just use a smart switch here to energize the outlet and do any scene (on off with smart things) scenarios with my smart things hub control? Should I not smart switch the outlet at all, leave the transformer plugged in and powered and let the controller (fibaro?) be tied to smart things to turn off on dim or color change with a DIFFERENT switch press or app button?
The question above here really applies to 4. 5. And 6 above I guess.
I think 1,2 and 3 are ideal candidates for smart dimmers. But would it look weird to have 3 Homeseer dimmers in the same wall plate with a few GE smart switches?(not dimmers)
As for 7. I am not sure exactly what fixture or control I need yet but I’ve seen it in some theatre room designs so I’ve got to dig up that fixture info. I think they have to be controlled from something outside the fixture.
I’m confused on whether to buy all dimmer to match and use some as on off switches only ( if that’s possible) or get 3 switches and 4 dimmers and they would be mismatched in the wall plate or should I only have maybe 4 total switches and just use smart things to turn on other hard wired fibaro type controllers simultaneously when I’m trying to turn on a scene?
The overall idea was to be able to walk up and press up on a paddle for a “clean” mode. All lights on bright.
Or up on a diff paddle for a movie mode.
Or maybe a paddle yields a pre movie mode and once I press a button on phone or iPad it proceeds to dim out the ceiling and soffit cans and dims to low the floor and ceiling strip lights.
Thank you for suggestions and help on what to get. I can try to load a room floor plan if that helps but hopefully this is clear