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I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. What is a suitable method to achieve this effect?

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    Never heard of this, but now that I know about it, I really want it... – JPhi1618 Nov 19 '15 at 16:48
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    check out logitech 880 / 890 and zwave lighting controll , I found some chatter about them and programming them with a sequence to do just this. the remote must have the capability to talk to the "dimmer" RF or IR , i am not sure if you have ever seen the old X10 system it could dim or turn off lights all over your house from 1 place using RF so it is probably RF – Ed Beal Nov 19 '15 at 17:15
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I havent installed but have seen them they have a special remote that has a reciever in the lighting device (switch) you can program the remote for different settings like when you stop a movie lights on full, pause at 50% play at 25% will look arround and see if i can find some brands for you to check out

  • Getting a brand name or model would be awesome! – Programmer Nov 19 '15 at 17:06
  • The Logitech Harmony remotes have the ability to control lights and other "smart-home" devices, but I don't think they can do it to the level of "dim lights when I pause". I have a Harmony Ultimate, and it can't do that. – JPhi1618 Nov 19 '15 at 17:14
  • I am not sure of the brand that I saw , was installing some new lighting for a contractor I work for on the side he showed it to me it had 3 levels of lighting but I really dont remember the brand of the remote , It may have been a small tablet that was programmed but it also did the curtians and the HVAC controlls – Ed Beal Nov 19 '15 at 17:43
  • Lutron and Leviton both have controllers that can control motorized blinds and thermostats. I think with Leviton's LevNet you can only use Leviton thermostats but Lutron I know works with at least Honeywell, possibly NEST? I have some Lutron stuff that works very well but I haven't done much integration with it. You can maybe get a WINK Hub and integrate it with IFTTT.com to possibly control the lights based on pause button if the remote or the DVD/DVR can also somehow trigger things on IFTTT. – OrganicLawnDIY Nov 19 '15 at 18:35

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