In What is this Home Automation stuff anyway? i mentioned the primitive electrical state of our new home. Whilst there were separate circuits for the fridge and wall oven, the rest of the two-storey house was fed with 1 lighting circuit and 1 power circuit per floor. Individual residual current breakers? No chance.
The lighting was dismal too. The upstairs rooms all had ceiling fans with no two alike. Some were AC, the rest DC, and all had some kind of inbuilt “light”, with luxurious on/off control. I’m using quotes there because they didn’t do much of a job of illuminating the room. The fans went, replaced by MATCHING (heaven forbid!) DC devices, however that left us with even less light upstairs.
We’d lived in our last home for just shy of 20 years, and I’d built up quite the well-established Home Automation setup, based upon Clipsal’s “C-Bus” building management platform, so some degree of Home Automation (herein “HA”) was a given for the new place. In that 20 years, Clipsal’s been bought out by Schneider Electric, and to my mind poor C-Bus has been largely left to rot. Sure, the switches have been updated into the current plate designs, but there’s not been much movement beyond that.