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Posted - 10/03/2021 :  09:47:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New home currently being built right now and I have the opportunity to pre-wire for lighting and motorized shades. I want to DIY everything, but I'm not sure how to go about it.

For lighting, I want to wire the lights and switches centrally. I came across the Insteon DIN rail switches, which would allow me to do that, but they seem to have been out of stock for a while. If wire everything centrally, but do not have any smart devices to connect them to, how would I wire everything? I think a separate lighting panel with DIN rails and terminal blocks would do the trick, but I don't have experience in that area.

For motorized shades, what is the best way to pre-wire? I'm thinking low voltage 16/4 wiring, but there is also AC wiring. If I install low voltage wiring to a central location, what do I use to convert AC power to DC? I think all of the wiring would go into a separate panel similar to lighting, but I am unable to find resources to how this is normally set up.

The builder is not tech savvy, but is willing to wire things however I want as long as it passes code.

Jonathan Cole
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Posted - 11/17/2021 :  10:15:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1. For the Insteon DIN-rail switch, you can find it on Amazon.
2. Or you could get the wall switches, program them with the Insteon Hub, and get SmartThings to act as the middleman.
3. For motorized shades, you can get them on Amazon or Home Depot.
4. You could get the motorized shades directly connected to your home automation system, but that would require hardwiring to the wall. If you don't mind the hardwiring, the best way would be to have a wall switch or a wall plug connected to a relay. Professional electrician service will require in this situation. When you open the switch or plug the shade into the wall, the relay will close and turn on the motor. If you would rather not have a hardwired shade, then a 12V DC variable-powered motor would be your best bet.

Edited by - Jonathan Cole on 11/30/2021 05:23:03 AM
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