Hi everyone, I would like to show you my whole house automation project progress and ask for your help on my journey. I started building house for myself about a year ago and at first I was not planning on integrating any kind of smart home products in it but about 6 months ago I’ve got interested in it, started researching and came across Jonathan’s videos, which I found really interesting and decided to wire my house based on that project.
I ran all separate wires for each light source
I’ve also decided to run power cables together with CAT5E cables till the light switch. This power cables will not be used but they will be there in case I decide to change something (Plan B )
Now house is ready for connections to be made and power distribution panel to be installed
Small distribution box
Big distribution box
Light switch box (With power wires and CAT5E)
A lot of wires from the first and second floor going in to “Technical Room”
“Technical Room” itself
I’ve done all the wiring by myself as my country’s legislation is not as strict as in Australia. But I’m not confidant enough to build the main distribution panel by myself so I’m planning the electrician to do that. But as most electricians will do it the simplest way possible and the fact that I have non-standard wiring I first wanted to ask your advice. I can’t decide where to put relays (and which relays to get). As per my understanding safer way would be to add relays behind each breaker, but in that case I will need a lot of barkers which brings the cost up. Second option is to put the relays in front of the breaker which means that I will not need separate breaker for each light switch but this option is less secure because, in case of short circuit Relay might not handle the load and catch fire. This are all my thoughts, as I’m researching home automation only for 5-6 months now and have not yet practically done anything, I would like to hear your advice on this.
P.S. I will be posting updates and more details on my progress in this same topic