What use is home run wiring for 120v ?

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Old 11-20-04, 08:40 AM
GNick
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What use is home run wiring for 120v ?

I know what home run is for telephone and cable, but is there any application for it when building a new house? Is it required (or recommended) for installations where whole house controls are desired (for 'scene' or 'mood' lighting, or security)?
 
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Old 11-20-04, 09:08 AM
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Home running every receptacle, every light, every smoke detector, every appliance, and every switch would certainly offer you easy opportunity to reconfigure your system. But think of the mass of cables you would have at "home" and the swiss cheese you would have in your studs and joists! I don't think it's practical, and the cost/benefit ratio isn't favorable. Smart systems today can send signals through electrical wires or the air and give you some of the control benefits without home runs (although you can't change what is on what circuit after the fact).

Interesting concept to contemplate, but probably impractical to execute. I think, however, that you should give it a try and let us know how it comes out. Strictly in the interest of science of course.
 
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Old 11-20-04, 09:14 AM
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That's just cruel John.
 
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