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|X10, Insteon and Z-Wave Price Comparison|
|Written by Peter|
In my recent X10 Home Automation review, one of our readers (Ray) asked for a more detailed comparison of prices for typical scenarios using X10, Insteon and Z-Wave. It's a good question, and one that others have likely thought about as well when debating the merits of spending the extra on a second-generation system such as Insteon or Z-Wave versus the cheaper X10.
From the above scenarios we can see that while Z-Wave and Insteon cost more than X10, the difference in cost is reduced as a more intricate system is formed - Insteon costs approximately 85% more than X10 in scenario 1, but drops to 56% more in scenario 2. Another interesting point from this analysis was the variance of price points between Insteon and Z-Wave items, with some differences as much as 77% on individual modules.
The above comparison was created to give those looking at the various home automation technologies an idea of the cost of an equivalent setup on each platform. Due to Z-Wave's wireless communication, a base station isn't required to send the signal to the powerline as it is with Insteon and X10, hence the N/A in that column. I was also unable to locate a native Z-Wave floodlight, however one can be functionally created with the two items listed. For software, Homeseer is well rated and supports all three protocols so it seemed like the best fit to keep the comparison consistent. All of the items are linked to the full details for that item for further investigation if desired. If this is useful or would benefit from improvements, please let me know!