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We are currently planning our new house, which is to be constructed
during 2004 (a bit of a hurry already =)). For the past few months I've
been diving into various HA systems as I'd really like to have e.g. full
lighting control at the house.
I've looked at X10, EIB, LON, DMX-512, iLight, Lutron, Vantage and a
few others that I don't recall anymore =). The trouble has been that I
have only around 5000 euros to spend on this (on top of the regular
electricity equipment & work), so basically all the high end systems
that are available in Europe are out of the question.
But finally I believe I have found a way to accomplish the lighting
control component (which to me is to most important) in a relatively
cost efficient way. The DMX-512 solution was proposed Marc Hult, who has
his own system described at http://www.yqcomputer.com/
originally with DMX-512 was that it seemed that dimmer pack prices were
still out of my range.
I managed to locate a manufacturer called Liteputer in Taiwan, which
seems like a relatively big operation (has also European distributors)
and which offers a wide range of DMX-512 products. I received a
quotation for their 4 channel dimmer and the price was only $100 or $115
depending on the model. Now it seems that I could achieve a really high
quality, hard wired lighting control system at a budget price.
Still, I have the lurking feeling that I haven't thought of
everything. Thus I took the time to diagram my system and I put it
online at http://www.yqcomputer.com/
I'd like to invite you to visit the page and give me some feedback on
how to improve the system (and flat out say that it won't work, if it
Thank you for taking a moment to help out!
--- Jussi Laakkonen