Leviton Smart Load Centers/Breaker Panel for New Construction Homes

Date Purchased- I don't have one yet, but REALLY want one.

If you are planning to Build a NEW Home, really think about doing this. This will save you time and money in the long run. Also, for if and when you decide to sell, you can get more money for this type of upgrade.

If you decide to go the Non-Smart route still gets the Leviton Load Center Panel and Cover so if in the future you want to start adding them, you can save yourself some money. Also if you sell you can let the new owners know the panel is ready to be converted to a Smart Panel

Load Center/Breaker Box- $1,000 to $4,000 all depends on how Smart you want to make your home. This is NOT your old standard breaker panel; this is a Smart breaker panel. 

They started as Fuse boxes then moved into Breakers and Now Smart Load Centers. They have been around since the start of using electricity as you didn’t want to blow up the things you were using. As we got smarter, they turned into safety items to make sure people don’t get hurt, and your home doesn’t burn down.

Leviton’s new Load Center is a breaker box with snap-in breakers and Wi-Fi connectivity for remote monitoring, diagnostics, and control via the Leviton smart-home app. Think of it as a plug and play device that you can upgrade easily as technology changes.

The smart Load Center works with Leviton’s My Leviton app, and it gives data on energy use in your home, letting homeowners track power consumption on each appliance or by the breaker. You can get alerts when circuit breakers trip and why or even remotely shut off a circuit breaker from the app. Now that COOL, I hate running downstairs from the garage or the other end of the house to turn them on and off when changing outlets. This will kill the need for calling someone on the phone to ask if the lights went out when flipping breakers.

All wires terminate at custom lugs in the panel, making wiring more manageable and neater and eliminating the need for pigtails. This means the entire panel can be terminated at rough-in and not later on. All connections are made at the final insertion of the circuit breaker. The design also enables users to switch out circuit breakers with no rewiring required.

Currently No support for Google Assistant, Alexa, or Apple Home Kit yet. I don’t think they will ever support it due to Safety and with it being so complex.

I currently have a Smappee energy monitor hooked into my breaker panel, but it gives me some odd results and isn’t accurate. Leviton’s system goes further by integrating smart technology directly into the individual circuit breakers, giving us homeowners more information on the power management in their homes. ComEd should be worried as now homeowners can see if what they are getting billed every month is correct. I know with my Smart Meter, I think I'm getting ripped off monthly. I can see when Smart Load Centers are fully put into operations around the country power companies that forced people to use Smart Meters will be getting hit hard by class-action lawsuits.

I would LOVE to have this in my home as I REALLY want to know why my ComEd bill changes so much every month. I have tried the other Smart Energy Monitoring Devices, but they are not 100% correct and still gave me odd reading on usage. Unfortunately, this is currently out of my price range as the Equipment I need is around $4,300 without installation. I've thought about getting the new load center and standard breakers and slowly changing them to smart breakers over time. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it at some point. I really want one!!! You can do a mix of Smart and Non-Smart Breakers in the Load Center.

A list Of the Items I would need for My Home- Click the links below

Some things to think about when adding in a Smart Load Center or Non-Smart Load Center

  • Do I want Smart Breakers? I personally think you should do BIG ticket items from the start.
  • What Items do I put a Smart Breaker on?
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • AC
    • Furnace
    • Washer
    • Dishwasher
    • Water Heater if it's eclectic
    • Dryer and Stove if it's electric
    • Garage
    • Outside outlets
    • All items that should be on their own breaker by code or by using common sense.
    • This will help you watch the usage and let you know if they are eating more power than they should. If you have the funds and really want a Smart Home, do Smart breakers on everything
  • What Items do I not put a Smart Breaker on? Everything that you didn’t put a Smart Breaker on or start off with no smart breakers but add them on later.
  • Make sure each Room and Big Power items are on their own breakers. I have an issue with my house; when they build it, they wired some rooms together and put in Arc Fault Breakers. This drives me nuts as I might want to add an outlet, but I can't as it will overload the circuit, so then you must run a new run back to the breaker panel. I wanted to put a GFI in my bathroom on one wall that we keep a self-cleaning cat box and an air freshener for just in case we forget to empty the cat box every other day. When I went to add this in, I found out the Master bedroom, Master bathroom, Master Closet, and Main bathroom all share on a 15-amp breaker. I added in it, and the next day went to vacuum and kept popping the breaker. I had to undo my work and start over, which made me mad. I also uncovered that the 2nd, 3rd, and Hallway share an Arc Fault Breaker. Part of my kitchen and the garage share a breaker, and all my outside outlets are tied into my dining room power. Don’t have a house like mine and tell your builder or electrician to make each room its own breaker, or if they must double-up, use some common sense and down combine things that shouldn’t be.
  • Plan for the future also, maybe add a sub panel in the garage for the Air compressor or other items you might have in it.
  • Yes, all these items will cost you more money upfront, but it will be worth it later on.
  • Also, this would be a good selling point for when you sell your home
  • Make sure you have an Electrician install this Panel. Don't do it yourself unless your sure you can do it right.
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Links to Documentation on the Products

P.S. I would love to have a Smart Load Center in my Home, For all of you that get one ill be jealous of you until I get one.

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Our Verdict

Need to get one and Play with it

0/5

FOR

  • Checking on on your Power Provider to make sure they are billing correctly
  • Finding rouge devices eating power
  • Remote turning on and off breakers
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Diagnostics
  • Plug and Play Breakers
  • All wires terminate at custom lugs in the panel, making wiring more manageable and neater and eliminating the need for pigtails
  • Faster rough-in
  • Easy to see Breaker Trips
  • Shows if its an Arc Fault or Ground Fault trip
  • Great Selling Point for your home
  • Can control Via Smart Phone

AGAINST

  • Cost
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