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Looking into installing this in a friends' condo and was wondering if anybody had any experience with this product. It's a retro job, so was more interested in the 'RF' wireless feature for lighting.


Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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i went to a demo and had the reps come to my house for an estimate of there product = they wanted $115,000 to do the whole house (i told them they were nuts) - i went with insteon for a lot lot less (works great)
 

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Thanks for the replies...


It does appear that the lighting control is reliable. Didn't realize you needed to be a dealer to purchase. I'm in the industry and saw this product at a local RC Willey store.
 

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At a hundred bucks a switch, thats a lot of dimmers in your house.



If your house is really large and it would take over 100k to install a C4 system, then you are beyond the market that C4 is aiming at and beyond the capabilities of C4 and really should be looking at a higher end solution.
 

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fletch999: if you are talking to me - control 4 wanted 2500 just to do my family room. it wasn't just switches for 115k- it was lcd wall pads - alarm system - smoke detectors - thermostats - all kinds of stuff - insteon has the same stuff (multiple mfgs) but pretty much works the same. All of the wall switches are in - outlets are in - lcd wall pads are in - sprinkler system is in - just have some more to do - alarm - thermostat - etc. Insteon is missing - remotes - movement sensors and really good software - I guess its coming this year.
 

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What did the 2500 in the family room include?


I also don't understand what you mean by Insteon has the same stuff. Insteaon, as far as I can tell, makes dimmers and switches. Everything else from their own site is third party equipment. You say that Insteon has "everything" except good software or remotes. I would say that good software is the most important thing to have.


If you have a large home and you were quoted 115k for a complete automation system, including lighitng control, audio, video, security, hvac, touchscreens then I would say that isn't out of line at all. I would still say that that is beyond what C4 is aiming at, but it doesn't seem completely out of touch either.


If you are going to cobble together a bunch of various systems into a DIY solution, then you can probably do it cheaper. If you eliminate all of the labor you are paying for in the 115k quote, what is the real difference? I know Insteon dimmers are only 40 bucks, so you will have some savings there. Where else?
 

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this was a year ago - if i remember correctly, the 2500 included some wall switches, a remote and a hometheater "switcher" - i not sure of its proper name. But basically everthing plugged into it and it controlled the sterio - tv - etc.


Yes, i am doing a DIY thing. But its so much cheaper and yes - a lot of items as i stated above are 3rd party. I figure that when i'm done the whole hosue will cost me about 30,000. The other thing about control 4 that i didn't like (beside the price) was: they told me that i had to use their recommeded equipment only and they were the only ones that could and would program the equipment. I told them that i'm pretty good with computers and programming and they said that it didn't matter. I asked them if it was just a minor change to be made and they told me that i would have to make an appointment and have a service tech come out to the house. Then i got into this thing with them about - what if the company that installed the system went out of business - they told me that i could call control 4 and they would give me a new contact - but because i didn't have the installation doen by that company - i may not get good service. Also told me - can't just call control 4 for help - must go through the authorized dealer for help - anyway - this whold thing was unacceptable to me.


Lastly not only is DIY labor saving - the comporable equipment is much much less expensicve than control 4. Have you ever seen control 4's price list - they are nuts!!


I can see if you are building a new house and want everthing done for you and you're an idiot at electronics - then control 4 is good - otherwise - i repeat - they are "nuts"
 

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Its a good thing you never received a Crestron or AMX proposal.



If you didn't already know, C4 was developed and marketed as the entry level, affordable home automation system, to go after the lower end market that Crestron and AMX have long ignored.
 

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It's like going to a restaurant and telling the cook to get out of the kitchen because you can do a better job because you have cooked at home.



If you want a great DIY product you should look at CQC.
 

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Lastly not only is DIY labor saving - the comporable equipment is much much less expensicve than control 4. Have you ever seen control 4's price list - they are nuts!!

Lots of opinion there...not sure it's remotely related to reality. You can pick just about anything on the face of the planet and say "they are nuts". I can buy a Ford for 20K, Mercedes is "nuts".


I'm not a Control4 dealer but they are about as cost effective as you'll ever find. And it can be very hard to compare apples to apples in this industry so what you call "comparable" equipment may or may not be.
 

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c4 is definatly not DIY, you cannot just buy the equipment, and if you do get ahold of it (ive seen it on ebay once in a great while) the software to program it is even harder to come by (non dealer)


also not sure how you got a 115,000 bid..... we've done pretty huge c4 systems that dont come near that.......you should have contacted another c4 dealer for another bid


c4 does cost more then your average x10 crap, but you get what you pay for....not amx quality, but not amx price either.
 

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you all may be correct about C4, but I just don't see the value in C4. Insteon works great and does the job and i didn't and don't mind doing the labor and minor programming and i can call smarthome at any time to get help.


The installation i saw of C4 was in Newport Beach at a fairly new home. Pretty nice, but i've pretty much reproduced the same thing with Insteon. Maybe I'm wrong, but I just can't understand paying a premium price for a product that isn't premium. Insteon maybe a ford, but control 4 is not a mercedes.
 

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Even assuming it's the "same thing", and it's more likely something different but just as good for you, your post is pretty much the argument that people who build their own subwoofers make to always say that every subwoofer on the market is overpriced.


If you want to build the cabinet yourself and buy the driver and so on, of course you're going to save a ton of money. But most people don't want to do that.


Personally if I were DIYing I wouldn't go with C4 either, I'd go with CQC. In fact, I'm not DIY and I still wouldn't go with C4
. I just disagreed with the overpriced statement. Most people go with C4 for exactly the opposite reason - it's the most cost effective system on the market.
 

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AFAIK, Insteon makes dimmers. PLC dimmers. While I'm not really a fan of C4, they do far more than make dimmers. So there is no way you have an Insteon setup that does the same thing as C4. Does Insteon make a home theater controller? Whole house audio controller? Amps? Touchscreens?


If all you want is to slap in a few cheap dimmers to get some control of your lights, I'm sure that Insteon does that. But they don't even pretend to be a whole house control system.


C4 isn't even marketed as a premium solution. They are marketed as an entry level solution. If the $100 dimmers from C4 are too expensive, I'd hate for you to see what a professional level lighting control system would cost.
 

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The dimmers are rated at 1000w when single ganged. Double ganged derates them to 800w, and triple or more ganged derates them to 600w, FYI.


Also, most of you are mistaken. ZIGBEE is veery reliable. The dimmers themselves are nowhere close to being reliable. My company has installed almost 700 dimmers now, and we're running about an 8% failure rate. It's terrible.


PM me if you want more info on my opinion about control4.
 
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