So far I just have two on/off GE/Iris switches for my Living Room lights (controlled by my new Harmony Home remote) and porch light (on/off at dusk/dawn) along with a single outdoor GE switch for seasonal decorations. I thought I’d figure up exactly what I would need if I chose to automate the entire house, this won’t be cheap, over $1400! HAHA. I’ve attached a screen shot of my initial walk through. Now, I won’t be doing everything on this list, but still not cheap.
The list also doesn’t include fully automated fan control, just on/off switches on a couple fans. Luckily, when my house was built (1989) they wired separate switches for all of the ceiling fans, so that makes things easier for sure. Additionally, 95% of my lights are CFL, so all of the lights controlled by dimmers will need to be swapped to LED. Not cheap either but those seem to be coming down in price. Lowes has a two pack of LED can lights for $30 so I am thinking about taking the plunge on those first for my kitchen. I’ll need six total so $15 each isn’t terrible, IMO.
Not complaining as this is something that I have always wanted to do, but just thought I’d share what I’m getting myself into. It seems much more cost effective and reliable today compared to what I’ve seen in the past. Wife isn’t too happy, but she’ll get used to it. Her and guests are the reason why I have to use switches on everything rather than smart bulbs so it’s still user friendly for everyone…
Is this how it starts for everyone? LOL