Problem: I have an Airbnb type resort that I'm trying to upgrade. Whoever designed the lighting clearly wanted as much customizability as possible. Instead of having a single switch controlling all the lights in a room, there are multiple circuits. Generally, this isn't a bad thing, multiple circuits allow you set the mood. However, in these buildings, it is a bit overboard: bathrooms have at least two circuits, bedrooms can have three, and large rooms can have around seven. Moreover, rather than having a bank of switches in one location, each switch is located where the light would illuminate. What that means is there is a collection of switches that are seemingly scattered at random around a room, you may need to hunt to find a particular switch, and if you just want all the lights on you must run around the room. All this creates confusion for your average renter.
Solution: I want to simplify the lighting by replacing each switch with a smart switch. So that there can be a master switch that controls all the other switches. However I still want to maintain the customizability, so if one of the slave switches is pressed it will turn on or off only its light. So the question I have is what platform (I'd prefer specific solutions rather than answering with protocols such as "Go with Z-Wave") would be suitable for these buildings?
- The system must be highly customizable and flexible: There are some switches that control lights in neighboring rooms that I want to effectively move.
- The system must be secure: As mentioned the building gets rented out so I can't afford for guests to be able to reset any switches. I therefore believe I need some sort of enterprise solution.
- Robustness: In one building I counted around 165 switches. The system must be able to handle that many switches, both theoretically and in terms of usability (another reason I believe I need some sort of enterprise solution).
- Hardwired: I do not want any battery-powered switches.
- Simplicity: If possible I'd prefer not to have to be running a server for it and prefer not to need many access points.
- Cost: The cheaper the better.