Originally Posted by Negativecreep0
Won't look as neat and clean as the centralized location
Using hybrid keypad/dimmers can give you the same look as you get with centralized lighting. In our case, we have three ways to enter the room, so needed three keypads. If we did centralized lighting, we'd still need three keypads in there. I don't think you need to give up looks by going this route.
(There are good technical reasons for doing centralized lighting - namely most hybrid keypad/dimmers have a minimum wattage of 15-25 watts, while I've seen centralized lighting that has a minimum wattage of 0 watts, which minimizes the chances of dimming issues, as far as I can tell. You also don't have to worry about derating when ganging multiple dimmers together, although I find this to be less of an issue with LED lights.)
When picking locations for keypads, I'd recommend at least one keypad for each room transition. For areas where there's a lot of 'connectivity' between the rooms, I'd recommend putting a keypad to control each room, so two keypads.
Using my example, which was a little bit simplified - this is exactly what I have in our dining room:
3 lighting loads
3 places where I've put one or more keypads, for a total of 5 keypads in the dining room
Between the dining and living rooms, I have 2 keypads - one controls the living room lights and the other controls the dining room lights.
Between the dining room and kitchen, I also have 2 keypads - same idea as above
Between the dining room and a hallway, I just put one keypad - really just need to turn the hallway light on and off and not do much with scenes.
By putting 1 keypad for each room, it makes it easier for people to understand which buttons they use to control which lights.
Same theory applies with regards to building entrance/exit locations - one keypad for outside lights / leaving the house / coming back home, and 2nd keypad that controls the lights in the room. I did that in all places, save one - can't believe I missed that. Will need to fix it one of these days.
Hope that helps