Originally Posted by KJ1225
Hello everyone! thanks for reading my post and lending me a hand on making a decision.
My new home is currently under construction and during the Electrical tendering process I've selected the Crestron system; as time wore on I did more research and it seems that Crestron support is not as available as C4 based on where I'm at (Edmonton, Alberta) and hearing the Crestron is more geared nowadays for commercial applications. I've gotten a C4 system quoted and they're pretty much the same.
However, I'm stuck on the lighting control aspect.
I have two options, have my electricians do the lighting on conventional 110v fixtures and mate it with the C4 system OR kibosh all lighting (Reducing the electrical scope) and doing DMX lighting with Lumastream fixtures for a net premium of around 15 to 20k
My question is, is it worth it to go DMX? or should I just stick with the conventional lighting and have it mated with the C4 system?
how do you plan to "mate it" to control4?
Personally I'd go with C4 lighting and keep it simple:
1) each lighting device (switch, dimmer or keypad) increases your C4 zigbee mesh
2) ability to single, double or triple tap and have those all programmed to do different things - I have some keypads with 5-6 buttons that can do dozens of things like ramp % of dimmable lights up/down, press a button to cycle thru 5 preset music channels, pause/mute music, start scenes, etc
3) Backlight engravings look sharp
4) since its native the reaction is instant
if you ever leave and take the C4 hub (EA controller) or the Controller is down the switches/dimmers still work like dumb switches/dimmers. the fancy programming you add will not work but simple on/off/dim will still work.