C-Bus does sound great, but if you aren't allowed to buy the hardware and install it yourself, I think it might be out of reach for most Cocooners. Wish they would change their mind on that one.
Agreed. I am very much of the opinion of "why pay someone else for something I can do myself", besides learning & installing the technology is fun and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Also, if it breaks, I don't have to call in someone to fix it -- I probably already know the issue or can find out from the great community we have here.
I believe there is room for both an Approved Installer Program and your DIYer as you would find on Cocoontech. That said I am not suggesting that wiring codes anywhere be broken. In my case I acquired my C-Bus gear from and authorised reseller, this dealer is an online dealer here in Australia. The price I paid was trade price or so which is about 20%-% off the "end user price". The reseller here qualified my ability to implement the C-Bus system as they are responsible to value add and not sell boxes. That's OK.....as I see it the majority of the community here would meet the same cirteria. I think Square-D needs to appreciate the quality (and size) of the HA community and that opening the product up so that is competitively sourced by DIYer that know what they are doing will add a layer to C-Bus integration into the US market.
I planned out my complete HA design and engaged a qualified electrician to wire all the loads to the output units and I completed the programming and integration of C-Bus into my HA system. It was the fact that I was able to "get my hands dirty" as a DIYer that made C-Bus my lighting and power control system of choice. If the model is different in the US then I strongly suggest Square-D modify the model. The fact is folks here on this forum WILL adopt a system that they can implement themselves, this will continue to let competing products into opportunities that C-Bus could have.
Getting C-Bus into the quality of the HA systems that appear in our community could only have a positive spin for C-Bus in the US.
I have included some snaps of my installation.
I love C-Bus as you can probably sense in my posts and would like to see it's success in the US as it has here in Australia. I hope that fellow Cocooner's can enjoy the system as we are ......my input for hat it is worth.