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Join Date: Dec 1999
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I have been getting rid of my switches lately using Insteon. I don't have 8 anywhere, but I did have 4 in a couple of spots. I just keep getting rid of them, like a crazy switch hater.
In their place, one Insteon 8-button keypad. If the switch nearby is a 3-way not directly connected to the load, I just cap it off. If it's directly connected, I use an Insteon Micro Switch. Either way, all that is hidden, the one keypad remains and it controls everything. In my family room, I am now able to make use of all 8 buttons because there are, in fact, 8 lights (well, there will be once we finish upgrading): near fireplace, lamp, table, kitchen, over sink, pantry, recessed, dining room one room over that needs to be controlled. This is a cheap solution, for $20 you can custom label the buttons, for $300 you can have an ISY installed with elaborate scene control (if needed) and the keypad is <$100. The micro switches are like $50 each. There are better/fancier solutions, but probably not cheaper/easier ones.
There's a saying about "everything in moderation". If only it was applied to well, you know...