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    Need advice - purchased home with legacy HomeWorks switches but no processor...

    Hello,We recently purchase a house with a pretty significant HomeWorks lighting installation circa 2005. There's ~15 RF enabled switches and a couple of in-wall keypads, across a 9000 sqft home (3 levels). Unfortunately, the sellers removed the original RF processor unit...so all we have left are the switches.our objective is to ultimately have iphone/alex controlled lights. We're debating between:1. Get a new homeworks QS controller - Is it able to control the older RF switches? Do we need a "bridge" that converts the new HomeWorks QS to the old RF protocol? If not, does this mean we need to replace all of the old RF switches with new ones?2. If we do need to replace the old RF switches, should we consider just getting a Caseta system instead and avoid needing to pay for the HomeWorks RF processor?3. Should we consider RA system instead?We're trying to be cost conscious with this project....I understand the HomeWorks will provide the most capabilities but if the caseta option for example is a fraction of the cost, it might be a better option for us...Any advice would be most appreciated - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahanop View Post
    Hello,We recently purchase a house with a pretty significant HomeWorks lighting installation circa 2005. There's ~15 RF enabled switches and a couple of in-wall keypads, across a 9000 sqft home (3 levels). Unfortunately, the sellers removed the original RF processor unit...so all we have left are the switches.our objective is to ultimately have iphone/alex controlled lights. We're debating between:1. Get a new homeworks QS controller - Is it able to control the older RF switches? Do we need a "bridge" that converts the new HomeWorks QS to the old RF protocol? If not, does this mean we need to replace all of the old RF switches with new ones?2. If we do need to replace the old RF switches, should we consider just getting a Caseta system instead and avoid needing to pay for the HomeWorks RF processor?3. Should we consider RA system instead?We're trying to be cost conscious with this project....I understand the HomeWorks will provide the most capabilities but if the caseta option for example is a fraction of the cost, it might be a better option for us...Any advice would be most appreciated - thanks!
    Thank you for your interest in Lutron products kahanop.Unfortunately, you would not be able to swap in a new HomeWorks QS processor without doing some upgrading of the system. We would recommend that you reach out to a local dealer for help with that. You can find a dealer in your area using our where to buy tool found here http://www.lutron.com/en-us/Pages/WT...buy.aspx?AID=1. For what system you should purchase we would recommend looking at our Residential system comparison here at http://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocum...comparison.pdf.

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