I'm in the middle of a remodel and I'm planning pre-wire for next week.
There's about 5 windows and 4 skylights I'd like to pre-wire for shades. All the low voltage guys have said just run a cat5 to the window and leave it there and that should be ok.
But after researching I'm a bit confused as some say wire 16/4 gauge low voltage.
Do I do both?
I don't know if I want to do Lutron, Mecho, Somfy, or Hunter Douglass. My wife wants to do Roman shades There is one rather large window over the stairs that is probably 7 feet high (i'll measure tomorrow)
Do I also wire from the window to a local wall switch spot?
I don't have a home automation system now. I think i'll eventually go control4, but with so much in the industry changing I want flexibility.
So for now, a physical switch and probably next year I'd like to tie it into a system. And can I do blinds on an intelligent timer like it's going to be more than 75 degrees for the day, then close the blinds after 2pm. Vs. it's only 60 degrees and cloudy then dont' close the blinds?
While I'm at it, what brand should I go with? cost/reliability/quality