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Which light system too choose?

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Hello. As the title says. I am looking for a light system with the most options. I mostly gonna use it with CinemaVision. I mostly want the lights to be dimmed and On/Off on certain sequences.

 

I only checked Philips Hue for now. Which looks like the way to go. Since there are guides on CinemaVision dedicated to Hue.

 

I would like the opinion from people from CinemaVision, that all ready use something like Hue

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HUE is probably the easiest as far as setting up and using goes, but it's also among the more expensive options.  You can get by with much cheaper options if you're at least a bit tech savvy and are willing to spend a little time poking around guides and such.

For my theater, I have 10 standard MR16 fixtures with dimmable LED bulbs and a GE ZWave wall switch, plus 65' of programmable LED strips connected to a Fibaro ZWave controller.  Both of those are paired to a Samsung SmartThings (which is also paired to an Echo and my Harmony remote).  I had to dig a bit on the ST forums to learn how to use WebCoRE, but then it was a matter of creating a few pistons for the light modes and using the URL calls from CinemaVision to trigger them.

At sequence start, the lights and LED strips are set at a specific level (and color in the case of the strips) for the Trivia.  After Trivia, lights dim to the next level for theater intro and trailers, then all lights off for sound intro and the movie(s).  Also have it set to bring the main lights up to 10% on pause and turn them back off on resume.  Lights come back up at end of movie (and still hoping CinemaVision can introduce a way to identify credits roll so a trigger could be done then).

I could have done a bit easier with Hue, but it would have cost around $1300 or more (10 MR16s plus 65' LED strip plus controller).  I achieved the exact same thing for about $300 including the SmartThings controller.

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I second using Z-Wave. Once you get the controller (the Micasa Vera is a great choice) you can add modules for all sorts of things. Just replace existing light switches or plugs and you can control everything through the app and then program CV. Check out the Clanhold Cinema video on YouTube for a quick demo. The house has been outfitted with mostly Z-wave everywhere now.

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I would third a Z-wave setup. I never understood smart bulbs, they render your switches useless. Replace the switches with Z-wave dimmers and and you retain the manual function and gain remote control.

 

As for controlling them you mention wanting "the most options". If you really want to get into full home automation I would suggest Home Assistant. It definitely has a steeper learning curve but it's open source and free and control just about everything.

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