We are currently working on a 10 chandelier project for a client in Barbados, a restaurant, and they do not have access to a lot of product on the island. We told our client we would help him as best we could with supporting supplies. I have been playing e-mail tag with sales and support who suggested I post on here.
Our chandeliers are made with a center ball with 81 arms (attached an image for reference) - 40 of the arms have a candelabra socket with a 25w incandescent 120v bulb. The client wants each hemisphere to be dimmed separately -two circuits (500w Max each). It would be a bit ridiculous to have a panel of 20 dimmers, two per chandelier, to control the 10 fixtures. I figure a control (home or theater base) system to achieve this.
I was told a possible solution is the QS Grafik Eye. Looking at this and also another product offered by Leviton (32 Channel Controller with 6 dimmers). Really need to get this correct the first time, since we would not have time to wait since we will be onsite to help with the installation. Shipping, customs, etcetera takes upwards of two weeks at times and cant wait on the island for two weeks to get supporting hardware (relay boxes, switches, etc) - it sure would be nice though. Just need a design that includes any and all parts needed to achieve this.
So the requirements are as follows:
1) Be able to dim top and bottom halves the chandelier independently
2) Be able to completely turn on/off the chandelier(s) entirely
I am sure the newer control systems has a ton of capabilities and I am sure the functions (such as possible timer functions) will come in handy as the customer becomes more familiar with the product. He does have a concern of a system being "too complex" for his employees to figure out. I am more a believer of providing the best solution and the rest will eventually fall into place - especially learning what buttons to push.
I appreciate ANY and ALL help!