The Loxone Bluegrass Project: DAY 10
Last Thursday, we completed wiring the Master Bedroom. With Comfort and Security in mind, we decided to add:
After planning the layout of all digital input devices, our next step was to wire the CAT-7 cable. Our CAT-7 cable is not only used to fit the Loxone Smart System, but will also future proof your home. When installing, we observed the following practices:
- Stay at least 3″ away from any electrical wire (This reduces any connection interference)
- Ensure that any data line crossing with line voltage is at 90°
Our project plan is based on the Loxone Standard. The standard calls for Temperature, Presence Detection, and Window/Door Contacts in every room. In addition, we use a standard two-gang for operating lights, audio, and fan control. The standard layout makes the use of labels obsolete. Default lighting will be provided by the presence detector. The single large push button is used to choose specific lighting scenes. Our scenes will be: Cleaning, Reading, and Watching TV. The Loxone Standard simplifies the operation of every room. All lights are controlled by a single button using lighting scenes. The 4-gang push button is used to control audio volume up and down as well as fan speed.
With the Loxone Standard, a simple two gang push button configuration will allow you to control everything in your room
Wiring of Digital Inputs
The Loxone system is located centrally in our Bluegrass Smart Home Project. We have a home cabinet on each floor. We run a double CAT-7 to our push button location in our master bedroom. We use this as the junction box for the entire room. Using a double CAT-7 gives us 16 leads which is a capacitiy that future proofs the room. From the Junction Box, we run CAt-7 wire to each sensor:
- Presence Detector: Detect when any person is in the room regardless of movement.
- Window Contact: Detect if window is open or closed.
- Glass Breakage Sensor: Detect if window glass breaks by audio frequency.
- The Quad Gang Push Button: Used for Audio Volume up, down and Ceiling Fan Speed.
- The Night Light Push Button: Two Clicks turns everything off in room, three-clicks turn off.
Master Bedroom Diagram
In the following diagram you can see the location of each sensor as well as the CAT-7 wire runs.
Note how all sensor wire connects to the junction box. The use of the junction box reduces the number of home runs to the cabinet. This simplifies installation as well as reducing construction cost. Stay tuned for our next article and further updates!
Here are some more photos of our work from the past few days: