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    Project Layout Tips and Best practices?

    I have been searching for information on tips and best practices for Essentials project layout and planning, but haven't found much information. Specifically I am looking for thinks like best practices for location and zone naming conventions, device and zone locations etc. i.e. the does and don't for planning and implementing a clean project design. I am especially struggling as my home is open floor plan, and the physical location of switches do not always coincide with the location of the lights. for example switch may be in the from entry and control lights outside on in the main living room. What room and zone to I put these devices in? Where the switch is or where the light is? I'm trying to build a design that mimics reality as much as possible to the non-tech users in the house will know where to find things.

    I've looked all over mylutron for training materials on this. The essential's Level 1 training jumps right into adding devices, but never talks about project layout practices. Any pointers or links to material or input would be welcome.


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    May 2013
    Dave, for advise on best practices and general do's and don'ts we would recommend working with your local Lutron Rep agency. They will be able to work with you and possibly even pair your with another programmer in a mentoring program.

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    dave w-
    From Experience- name the device location VERY specifically. Include non-system devices like switches and receptacles, use the blank if you want to save time. Make the software look exactly like what you are going to see in real space.

    Room names- You can be generic, but see what is on the plans. Use those names, as all other trades will as well. If the job is a retrofit- ask the homeowner what he wants to call it. Add Bedroom 1 in the design phase, then rename it to "Little Johnnie's Room". Homeowners love the custom names.

    Zone names- if you use the zone location (sounds like you are going to be), then just use simple terms like "Recessed" or "Chandelier". Long names will be truncated by the app, and the zone name appears under the location- so no need to be redundant, i.e. "Family Room Chandelier". Make a "room" in the design for each "space" you have in the open floor plan. Otherwise, you can use a single room and become more specific in your zone naming.

    My contact info is available by clicking my user name if you would like to discuss more in depth.
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