U.S. homeowner interested in C-Bus

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    Hello all,

    I am considering new construction for my home, and I am researching the C-Bus system. I have lots of questions, but I think I should start with some basics for my situation.

    1. I’m based in the US, and this system is not distributed here. Everything I can read suggests this is due to a business decision and not due to code/standard compatibility. Can anyone confirm this?

    2. I have digested a fair amount of knowledge of the system, and I am at a point that I need pricing information to be able to create a realistic estimate of an implementation cost. Because there are no installers here (that I’m aware of), I need to find a reliable product source. Does anyone have thoughts on who to talk to?

    EDIT: I should add that my expectation is to self install. I understand the complexities and have no reservations about taking this on. I just need a few breadcrumbs here and there to make sure I’m on track.

    Thanks for any input!

    Brian
     
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    As far as I am aware Cbus 110V gear was discontinued some years ago.
     
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    I suppose that could be a deal breaker . Honestly, quickly thinking about it, I think I could make that work except possibly for dimmers. I’ll look deeper into that.

    Brian
     
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    So, I was surprised that I hadn’t noticed this and I realize that the specs from Clipsal don’t show up on mobile, only desktop.
     
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    The USA offer is actually different to the other 110V versions.

    It has different branding, different dimmers, different approvals, and is available with different power supplies (277V).

    As far as I know it is still manufactured.

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    Interesting. I didn't know that. I guess I'm now aware :)

    Who would know for sure?
     
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    I would be really interested to know more. I have made an attempt to contact a US importer without success.

    Brian
     
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    So I know C-Bus in the US was distributed under the SquareD label for a while, (also now owned by Schneider) but looking on the Schneider website it doesn't appear to have any 'C-Bus' equipment in that range anymore, just other power control stuff.

    Edit: Well just doing a search for C-Bus on the Schneider US site, does indeed bring up a heap of stuff under the SquareD label. However it is all pretty much under the 'discontinued' section. However you can still get the C-Bus Power Supplies I believe. I would perhaps at least get the product numbers and see what your electrical supplier says.

    https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/search/C-Bus

    Otherwise it may be a case of finding someone who is happy to buy it here and send it over to you.
     
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