If you're running wire anyway, avoid X10 like the plague, and go for
something that has it's own independent wiring system like Jaguar... X10
works 80% of the time. It's that 20% remainder that ends up pissing you off.
I've disabled virtually all my macros on X10 'cos you just can't rely on it
working every time. Unless you've got a house with perfect wiring and you
spend the extra cash on filters, boosters, and blockers, there's still no
guarantee -- at least from me: I've never built a house from scratch and
When you go from having a life where a flip of a mechanical switch turns a
light on 100% of the time to having a switch that may not turn on 'cos
you're running a Macro from a minute and a half ago, you'll see what I mean.
I'm not trolling for flames, just relating my experience. I'm no noob,
either. I've ended up stripping down my "home automation" to the basics --
lights on/off, front porch light timer, and a few handheld remotes to adjust
the lights from the couch or the bed. My motion sensor in the ba *** t hall
only works half the time, 'cos X10 sensors are crap.
I was just tickled that a transmitter I installed in the garage will turn
the lights on in the kitchen so my wife isn't stumbling around in the dark
getting to the security panel.
Again -- if you're starting from scratch, why not spend the extra cash and
do it right.