Hi everyone! I’ve listened and read here a lot more than I’ve posted so thank you all for your help!
i’m back with another Q. I’ll try to keep it brief but useful. I’ve tinkered in home automation for quite some time, but stay at the intermediate/advanced user level. I’m not at the point where I’ve built my own custom devices and or controllers, but I’ve used them and kinda understand how they work.
My wife is an interior designer and is getting into talking to her customers about smart lights, home control etc. (This sentence will make sense in a sec)
Her current client has an interesting scenario and they were curious if I could help them smartify their house. Here’s what they have:
- 10+ year old Crestron system
- 20 LiteTouch relay control boxes with about 8 relays per all wired back to 4 control units
- total of about 180 switches, dimmers, fans, etc.
- 8 zone audio also running through that crestron rack
- each room has a little Litetouch control pad with anywhere from 1 to 9 little dimple buttons that controls that room and scenes (each panel has a 18guage low voltage signal wire running back to the attic)
- ZERO light switches in each room… all 110 lines for ALL fixtures are running to ONE room up in the attic
They were curious if they can move to a smartthings hub with Alexa control all over the house.
My brain first started with zwave switches to replace each of the relay spots, but that got VERY silly VERY quickly (180 switches on one wall!)
Then I started thinking about little zwave plus in-line relays… seems more manageable to have 180 2 inch by 2inch devices on that way. (the ENERWAVE Z-Wave Plus Relay for example)
Then I saw things about arduino controlling 8 and 16 port relay modules, but that has custom programming and I didn’t want to open that door unless I needed to.
What would you do about lighting control?