If I'm not mistaken, isn't Homeworks predominately RF?
Edit: It's both wired and RF. Since you're a remodel, the wired bit seems to have little application.
Btw, I trust you've found this page
? From looking at the catalogs you'd never know what the full systems can do, except look pretty...
Is there any reason to synchronize control of shades on two floors?
Cost is the only reason. Yeah, the room has lights but I probably won't use any scenes. Certainly I won't use any on wall controllers to enact a scene. Maybe I would use the automation platform to map a light and a shade to a button on an ipad or other remote.
Then forget about using a controller (such as QS) altogether and install a simple shade control. Using an automation controller of some form to activate the control seems appropriate.
I don't need to control them from a single spot on the wall. Is this logic correct?
No I realize it [QS] does lights and scenes, but I don't think that wall controlled scenes would be worth the trouble.
I am formally confused as to why you're choosing QS and/or Homeworks. Forget about how
it's to be done, just tell us what
you want to do. Do you only want to turn your lights on and off? Dim them? In groups or singlely? At the same time as your shades?
The classic vision for theater control is to push a button and have the house lights dim, the shades drop, and a movie come up on the screen. When it's finished push another button and shades go up and the lights go on.
And what about outside the theater? If you just want to be able to activate an existing switch remotely, then you aren't scratching the surface of what a whole-house system can do. Most of its raison d'être
is coordination of function. But you haven't described a single coordinated function.
Turn the outside lights on at dusk? Then off at midnight?
What about a Panic button? All lights on full - inside and out - shades up. All room controls locked out. Surveillance cameras on Record.
These things can be done.
I guess the difference is homeworks is entire home and GE QS is for one room.
In terms of design scope that is true, but in terms of application it's not. There's nothing limiting QS to one room. It doesn't even have to be located in the space where it's controlled. Think of GE/QS as one element of a whole-house system. You can gang up to 8 together to make up your own whole-house system. But the investment in learning how and the expense of covering your mistakes is considerable.
That's why Lutron is set up for professional installation of whole-house systems. First, it's very difficult to convey what such a system can and can't do. Second, they can be quite difficult to specify and even more difficult to get working smoothly. Even if you do your own installation, it would pay you to have a pro design and spec the system for you.