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We are building new home and wondering which one should I go with for lighting automation? I read that X10 has some issues and not reliable. Also it's not two way.

Should I go with wireless solution of Zigbee or Zigwave? How about Power line method? is it reliable and secure?
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Lots of lighting discussions over at cocoontech.com forums.

Seems like most people there go with UPB. Several manufacturers offer UPB products, including HAI and SimplyAutomated.

I've chosen Lutron Radio RA2 to use in my home. I'm still in the process of spec'ing it so can't give you any firsthand experience.

UPB is more DIY friendly than RA2.

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ra2 is probably the most robust wireless solution currently on the market. with new construction, i would go with hardwired though. depends on your budget and how many lighting loads you have, but a lutron homeworks 4, centralite, vantage system is bulletproof. UPB is decent, but is not 100%. when i say this, i mean that each scenario is different and some users experience nothing but headaches while others have perfect systems. i didn't want the hassle of a 50/50 draw with UPB, so i went homeworks 4 and it is even more solid than i ever expected.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-27-2010, 04:39 AM
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Since you are building and if the walls are still open, you may want to consider a hard-wired lighting control system.

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Yes if your walls are open go with hard wired. Vantage or Homeworks if you have enough in your budget. Centralite if you can't spend extra for digital controls.
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If you are building absolutely put wires in the wall.

Doing a wireless system in a new construction is, IMO, stupid.
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