I have dived into PLC-BUS to control the lighting and some appliances in my house.http://www.elekhomica.nl/index.php?cPath=137&osCsid=ug650kf90l1tbtc83u1fclseu0
I did not set it up in LinuxMCE proper yet, because I used probably the Alpha 0810 version, and have no experience
with linux or linuxMCE and PLCbus. To be short, I didn't know what I was doing.
So I changed to windows environnement, which I am much more comfortable with and I was able to
test the PLCbus hardware and give address to my in built micro module.
Now I know this works I am putting all micromodules behind the switches and sockets.
It was hard to find a manual how to do it, also hard to find freeware software how to progam the modules.
I can guide you how to do it, also supply you the software.
The responsiveness was astounding quick and no errors, but bear in mind, I have a new board in the electricity room, new wires
and only one micro module. So have to test that with more, but see no troubles for it in the future.
Also not all lamps are dimmable. Old lamps are, Halogeen is, Energysaving lamps are (if stated so on the box), but could not find LED-lamps who
The material looks very well put together. When you send a code (lights off), the controller makes a buzz and the socket makes a click. It is noticable.
My controller will be put away so will never hear that, but the clicks will be hearable, but I do not care, because turning a lightswitch also makes a click.
Maybe other modules are more silent, but more expensive.
I used the USB-type of controller, and could not put it to work in linuxmce. There is a page dedicated to it in the LinuxMCE wiki, I tried to follow all steps,
but got puzzled during the way. If I have figured everything out, I will update the wiki for 0810 Alpha version. Now I know it works, so now I can poke around
Also could ask "Hari", I thought he was the expert on PLCbus, but I am too scared and stubborn, want first o try for myself.
I am located in the Netherlands
Thermostat is not a number 1 priority in my house yet, try to do it in the long term
Could not find a PLCbus controlled thermostat, there are X10's though, so there is hope.
Also I agree with Darrenmasin about the alarm and security camera's