Good Questions: Lighting Automation?

Good Questions: Lighting Automation?

Ryan
Mar 24, 2008

Our review of the Lutron Aurora lighting automation system brought up a question"

Dear Unplggd,
I am in the process of researching a few home automation solutions myself. I am curious who else you considered and if X10 was one of those?

Additionally, if you did research others, what put the Lutron AuroRa system above them?
Thanks!
James

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Thanks for the question James. For me, simplicity was the first consideration. I didn't want to have to call in a professional to get this running. The only other systems I had considered require a little bit more work because they don't come as a simple kit. Z-wave compatible light switches and a Logitech Harmony 1000 remote would have done the same thing and with more flexibility, but for what I needed upstairs, the Lutron setup was just fine and much easier. For my home theater basement setup though, I will probably go the Z-wave route for the flexibility as I also want to tie in to exterior landscape lighting.

Does anyone else have any experience or opinions to share?

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