Hardwired Lighting Control


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I am looking for some recommendations for hardwired lighting systems. The ideal candidate would be:
Easily available and supported
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in that order. The only systems I have found so far is the multiset(seems pricey) and C-BUS (not widely available in US yet).

Maybe I have unrealistic price expectations, but $75 for a multiset switch does seem expensive. Is this a reasonable price range?

I'm not set on deciding the specific system right now, per se. I'm really just trying to figure out what type of wire I should run to the switch box to allow the most flexibility in the future.

I.E. one of the big disadvantages to C-BUS is that it requires "C-BUS" cable which, I think, is cat5e cable with improved shielding. If this cable would be usable in many hardwired lighting systems, then I'll just run that, but I can't seem to find many diy-able hardwired systems to allow me to make that decision. Any help would be appreciated.
I don't think there are many DIY friendly hardwire systems, but thats not to say they can't be done DIY. I also assume this is for new construction, as hardwire is not very practical for retrofit. Also depends on what you will be using it with - like an Elk M1? There are 2 camps, Cat5 to switch and controller at other end like the OnQ or EDT or where you have a central controller wired to lights and Cat5 only to switch like Centralite. See these posts for more detail:

OK. So I looked at the referenced threads and, of course, have some questions. I'm a bit confused on the wiring for Centralite. Let me use a dining room for example to explain how I understand it.

the dr has 4 recessed on one switch, 1 chandelier on another, and 4 sconces on a third. Assuming this is a logical way of controlling the lighting I'm thinking that the prewire for:

1 romex from the recessed lights, 1 romex from the chandelier and one romex from the sconces to the relay board.
romex from relay to the breaker panel
rj45 from the relay to the master control panel
1 cat5e homerun from the 6-button switch to the master control panel.

the recessed lights, chandelier and sconces would all have romex run to the switch location and from the switch to the breaker panel
the switch would have a cat5e home run to the master control panel

Do I understand these systems correctly? I see the flexibility of the centralite wiring, but it really makes the runs more complicated and adds extra components to the mix. Also, do I understand correctly that each relay board supports 6 distinct circuits (i.e. breakers)?

One last question, which of these categories does the C-Bus fall into? It seems like a hybrid, but I'm not sure i understand any of this correctly.

Thanks for your help
Hi Guys

Noone the Clipsal CBUS Pink cat5 just has a thicker outer sheath , this allows the pink cat5 to be run adjacent 240v wiring ie around the dimmer modules .........

I have retrofitted my existing home with CBUS ehich wasnt too hard but im a sparkie...

The standard CBUS switch here in Oz costs around $70.00 Oz ...$45 U.S ???

The really nice Saturn Switches cost around $250.00 Oz...$200.00 U.S. ???

With CBUS you run cat5 to all cbus switches , cbus dimmer modules ,cbus relay modules , cbus pirs etc.......

The 240v /110v wiring from each light would go back to a location where dimmer / relay modules are located....these modules would be supplied 240v /110v from a local or remote switchboard.....You could have your dimmer / relay modules all in one area or in different areas .........

Heres a link to my CBUS install ..... Have a look at the nice Saturn switch Link


CBUS is supposed to be released in the States next month from what i hear , if the price is reasonable i would highly recommend having a look at it.....

The i-LiNE system from EDT would probably be the best hardwired solution for a DIY. It is easy to install, program, and use. The interface with HAI, ELK, and other systems is straightforward.

I have several rooms wired with Multiset by the previous owner, and they have been 100% reliable for about 2.5 years, and probably for 1 - 2 year before that with the previous owner. The problem is that they are incredible difficult / expensive to interface with a home automation system, at least from what I've found. The interface that ties each circuit to the PC is about $500, and as I understand it you would need one for each circuit you want to control. No way! In fact, I logged in today to post a question about how else I might interface these switches (i.e., idea fishing with the gurus on the board).