FAQ: Upgrading Your Lutron HomeWorks Illumination System to QS
Know What to Expect and How to Get Started on Your Lutron Lighting Control System Upgrade
If your home is equipped with a Lutron HomeWorks Illumination system, it may be time to upgrade to the newest total home control system by Lutron: HomeWorks QS. Lutron is always innovating to offer homeowners in Seattle, WA the best lighting and shading control solutions for their spaces.
By upgrading to HomeWorks QS, your Lutron lighting control system can achieve better performance, reliability, and aesthetics. But what exactly does an upgrade entail? Can you still use some of your existing hardware? How can you get started with an upgrade? We answer these questions and more below to help ensure your expectations are met before moving forward.
What Is HomeWorks QS?
HomeWorks QS is the next generation of HomeWorks Illumination, which is Lutron’s legacy total home control system. A HomeWorks QS lighting control system offers the most comprehensive solutions for your home. Perfect for large-scale homes and expansive properties, HomeWorks QS works with an unlimited number of devices and can integrate with your shading, AV, security, HVAC system, and Ketra tunable LED lighting. It also features a wide range of beautiful designer keypads and dimmer panels.
My current Lutron system uses wired wall-mounted keypads. Can I use these with HomeWorks QS?
Your existing HomeWorks Illumination hardwired keypads can be carried over to your QS system, though it requires certain keypad link translators and software licenses to accomplish this. This option also requires continued use of 15V DC power supplies as opposed to 24V to avoid damage to devices.
However, upgrading to HomeWorks QS is a perfect opportunity to explore new and improved on-wall keypads for your lighting control system. For example, HomeWorks QS Palladiom keypads (as seen in the photo above) combine sleek, minimalistic style with intuitive control. Choose from a variety of finishes such as glass and metal and colors ranging from white to chrome, nickel, and more.
My current Lutron system includes motorized window shades. Can I use these shades with HomeWorks QS?
If you have QED roller shades, you can replace the shade drive with a QS shade drive and reuse the existing fabric and mounting hardware. An alternative would be to obtain a QED link license to support your existing QED shades. Of course, this option requires continued use of the existing power infrastructure to power older equipment.
As we mentioned before, upgrading to HomeWorks QS is a perfect opportunity to explore new and improved QS window treatments for your home spaces. Complement any décor with Lutron’s wide array of fashionable and innovative window treatments, like the Sivoia QS roller shades, roman shades, blinds, and drapes, or Lutron’s luxury Palladiom shading line.
Will I be able to make custom changes to my Lutron HomeWorks QS system?
You will be able to make changes to your HomeWorks QS system by using the level editor, keypad builder, and timeclock feature that lives in the Lutron Connect mobile app for Apple and Android devices. This requires the purchase of a Lutron Connect Bridge, but there are no subscription fees for remote access, and the app is free to download.
Though you can delight in custom changes via the Lutron Connect mobile app, our team will program whole-home lighting and shading scenes that precisely fit your everyday needs. We can help you create personalized scenes that complement daily tasks, moods, and occasions like parties and movie nights. From the moment you walk in the door to the time you turn in for the night, you’ll have everything you need to effortlessly orchestrate your lights and shades.
How do I upgrade my HomeWorks Illumination System to QS?
Call on Wipliance to get started on a Lutron HomeWorks QS upgrade today. Our team will review the equipment you have, work with you to determine what you’d like to keep and what needs to be replaced, and propose comprehensive solutions for any of your lighting control and home décor desires.
As a certified Lutron installer, we’re here to answer your questions, recommend solutions, and deliver a custom lighting and shading system for you that exceeds in reliability, performance, and sophistication for years to come.
To learn more about HomeWorks QS or to get started on an upgrade, fill out our online contact form or send us a live chat below right now. We look forward to hearing from you!