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Not sure that this is the right forum as this is wireless. We are thinking about putting wireless lighting, hvac etc. controls in our home. Can you retrofit extg. Lights to be wireless or would new lights have to be bought? Can anyone recommend a system that have heard good things about so I can do some research? Thanks
 

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As I understand it, you don't do anything with the lights, it's the switches that are replaced with wireless ones. How HVAC is done I don't know; probably with a wireless thermostat. There are even ways to control things from a smart phone. Sorry I can't offer more specifics, but I don't have such a system or even know anyone who does. Both Home Depot and Lowe's do sell wireless switches.
 

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Just for my own info, why do you think you want to go that way? One more thing to fail.
 

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Not sure that this is the right forum as this is wireless. We are thinking about putting wireless lighting, hvac etc. controls in our home. Can you retrofit extg. Lights to be wireless or would new lights have to be bought? Can anyone recommend a system that have heard good things about so I can do some research? Thanks
What are you calling "wireless". Do you mean you want to install a home control system to existing devices/fixtures in your house?
 

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I don't get all this wireless/I want to control my home's electric from my iPhone stuff.

I do get the wireless TStat, but I think you'd be better served changing lamps to LED or CFL and leaving select lights on when you are gone. A cheap $5 plug in timer could turn lights on/off when you are on vacation to act as someone is home.

I would be curious to see a homeowner's thinking on this.
 

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Not sure that this is the right forum as this is wireless. We are thinking about putting wireless lighting, hvac etc. controls in our home. Can you retrofit extg. Lights to be wireless or would new lights have to be bought? Can anyone recommend a system that have heard good things about so I can do some research? Thanks
Wireless is still unreliable and just doesn't last, in my opinion, of course.
If you want cool automated lighting see Lutron's home automation. Pricey but very cool- I'm sure you can program the thing from your phone and have the lights come on when you are arriving home, etc....
 

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I don't get all this wireless/I want to control my home's electric from my iPhone stuff.

I do get the wireless TStat, but I think you'd be better served changing lamps to LED or CFL and leaving select lights on when you are gone. A cheap $5 plug in timer could turn lights on/off when you are on vacation to act as someone is home.

I would be curious to see a homeowner's thinking on this.
Well, this homeowner thinks it's a waste of money. But hey, it's the OP's money.
 

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Not sure that this is the right forum as this is wireless. We are thinking about putting wireless lighting, hvac etc. controls in our home. Can you retrofit extg. Lights to be wireless or would new lights have to be bought? Can anyone recommend a system that have heard good things about so I can do some research? Thanks
Look into X-10 controls. They are cheap and somewhat reliable and it will give you a good idea what you can accomplish. There are several other systems available, but much more costly. X-10 devices have worked for me for over 12 years, and as I said it's very budget friendly.
 

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Look into X-10 controls. They are cheap and somewhat reliable and it will give you a good idea what you can accomplish. There are several other systems available, but much more costly. X-10 devices have worked for me for over 12 years, and as I said it's very budget friendly.
Thanks ..I thought x10 made a crappy product... I will look into it based on your experience. Thanks
 

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I don't get all this wireless/I want to control my home's electric from my iPhone stuff.

I do get the wireless TStat, but I think you'd be better served changing lamps to LED or CFL and leaving select lights on when you are gone. A cheap $5 plug in timer could turn lights on/off when you are on vacation to act as someone is home.

I would be curious to see a homeowner's thinking on this.
Scenes is one advantage, but the options are limitless, from security, to having control anywhere in the world... but being able to have pre programmed scenes for parties, to evening to morning routines, touching one button to control all this is well worth it. I sell a lot of Radio Ra 2 installations, the product is simply amazing if you have the coin to do it.
 

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Not sure that this is the right forum as this is wireless. We are thinking about putting wireless lighting, hvac etc. controls in our home. Can you retrofit extg. Lights to be wireless or would new lights have to be bought? Can anyone recommend a system that have heard good things about so I can do some research? Thanks
If you want high quality wireless controls you're going to invest quite a bit to do a whole house. That said, the best quality systems I'm aware of are made by Lutron. You should check out their RadioRA product and the Spacer System line. Their tech support is pretty knowledgeable so I'm sure you could call them up and they could give you some good info.
 

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Radio RA is incredibly annoying to work with and very expensive. I would not recommend it. Only Lutron-certified installers have access to the software needed to configure the system, and you have to buy a LOT of hardware to get it all working. Although the devices are based on the Zigbee mesh-network protocol, they don't actually implement a mesh function, so you need repeaters and often have range issues. And the devices are super expensive. I was forced to use it (by an architect who had never used it before) on a $2.5M home project and the results were more annoying than beneficial. The owner regretted buying into that plan.
 

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Radio RA is incredibly annoying to work with and very expensive. I would not recommend it. Only Lutron-certified installers have access to the software needed to configure the system, and you have to buy a LOT of hardware to get it all working. Although the devices are based on the Zigbee mesh-network protocol, they don't actually implement a mesh function, so you need repeaters and often have range issues. And the devices are super expensive. I was forced to use it (by an architect who had never used it before) on a $2.5M home project and the results were more annoying than beneficial. The owner regretted buying into that plan.
i've never had an issue, and its easy to install and program, and its required to be certified for a reason, it keeps the money in the contractors hands, not joe blow home owner... :)

Im curious what issues you had though, because its pretty cut and dry and the system works...
 

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Wireless is still unreliable and just doesn't last, in my opinion, of course.
If you want cool automated lighting see Lutron's home automation.
I disagree. My Lutron Homeworks Wireless will be 6 years old next month and has been rock solid. I did have two repeaters fail, but they were quickly replaced by Lutron.

I also don't see the need to control crap from my phone, but when my wife comes home after dark and opens the garage door, if no one is home then the garage, mudroom, kitchen and living room lights all come on. One the way out of the house, we press one button and all the lights are turned off. No more running around turn off lights.
 

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Radio RA is incredibly annoying to work with and very expensive. .......I was forced to use it (by an architect who had never used it before) on a $2.5M home project and the results were more annoying than beneficial. The owner regretted buying into that plan.
RadioRA, especially the original, is not meant for that scale of home. Homeworks should have been what was spec'd.
 

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I disagree. My Lutron Homeworks Wireless will be 6 years old next month and has been rock solid. I did have two repeaters fail, but they were quickly replaced by Lutron.
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We're on the same page, I was referring to the cheap wireless switches and junk that's out there....I should have been more specific.
 
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