ALC Still Viable?

I too am getting ready to build a house. I am considering pre-wiring the house to support ALC but, now I am having second thoughts. I want a DIY lighting system that I incrementally add/move/change as I see fit. Originally, planned on implementing a hybrid lighting system of ALC and X10. Currently, I am considering ALC and UPB. Now, I am having second thoughts about ALC.

I don't hear much chatter about ALC in this group. HAI is pushing their HLC/UPB. Most HA controllers support ALC but none seem to push/promote it. Is OnQ still developing new ALC components and features?

Will ALC still be a viable lighting solution in the next couple of years?

Is ALC that much better than UPB (speed & reliability) to justify the added cost & complexity (cabling)?

What am I missing?

Regards, Scott

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ALC is still a good option. I think most installers and more specifically the homeowners paying the installers look at the cost and complexity of installation as a deterrant.

IMHO, with the reliability of UPB, the only time I would consider ALC over UPB is in high density situations like a condo building with a lot of lighting automation planned from the begining.

ALC is a great reliable product. Pretty much as long as the wires are in tact it will work. It is very fast, in my assumption a little faster than UPB. The advantage of UPB is that it is supported by several manufacturers. If OnQ decides to stop making the ALC switch, there is no one else making them, and you are out of luck. UPB has a larger variation and styles available. The last new ALC product I have heard about was several years ago when they introduced the branch hub, which made ALC installs a little easier, and the smooth face button. Otherwise I have not heard of any new development.

If I were building a home, cost no option I would still use UPB.

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