I moved into my house in early 2001. It’s an old house with 100 year old knob and tube wiring. Most lights in the rooms have no switches on the walls just on the fixture itself unfortunately the three main room downstairs didn’t have overhead fixtures. With plaster walls putting in switches was going to be very messy and expensive. I had X-10 stuff from my old house, now I had a real reason to use it beyond laziness. I took switch modules wired them to the chandeliers and threw them in the ceiling. The have been there for 8 years. And yes they don’t give feedback, and dimming is quirky, but they don’t fall off meshes and just work. I replaced the one in the TV room and replaced it with 2 z-wave devices one for lights and one for the fan.
Now I started “upgrading” about 3 years ago with Wink and got zigbee and z-wave for various rooms, all in all I have converted most of the house. And I was thinking of converting the ones that have been in the ceiling for 17 years by this time. Then I realized that in the last 3 years, every z-wave and zigbee device has fallen off the mesh mutlitple times or have had some issue or the other that required fidgeting with them, but those 3 X-10 switches in the ceiling have not once had a an issue. So it would be nuts to take off the chandeliers and replace something that doesn’t need any care.
I have gone from Wink, to Openhab, to pimatic back to Wink and now to ST during this time and worst case scenario If all else fails, I still have my trusted Max-controller and you press buttons on it and lights turn on. Cloud outages natch.
Just saying…choose your poison carefully.
Having said that I think ST is really a great platform for managing and controlling X-10 devices and autmation. With all the automation possibilities, I am using my devices in ways I never could before.