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Hkinkade
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Posted - 01/02/2020 :  10:18:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I’m building a custom home and have researched some home automation switches, Lutron dimmer with remote pico switch. I’m tempted to reduce wiring cost by doing only one direct wired switch and adding pico switches instead of 3 or 4 way hardwired switches. Seems it would reduce wiring cost significantly and still accomplish the same thing. My worry is reliability. Most home automation is based on existing wiring, but with new build I’m thinking traditional wiring of 4 and 3 way switches isn’t the best solution anymore. Any thoughts and perspectives are welcome. Thanks

oberkc
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Posted - 01/03/2020 :  03:40:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would be less concerned with reliability and more concerned with the possibility that you may, someday, want to revert to "standard" devices. What happens if your favorite switch fails and ceases to be available? Selling the house?

Does this really save much money? One must run power to all switch locations. It seems to me that the difference in wiring costs would be not much more than the difference in cost between three-conductor wire and two-conductor wire. Is this really significant?

Despite all that, I would be very tempted to do the same thing.

Edited by - oberkc on 01/03/2020 03:52:19 AM
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