Once you start down the HomeKit route, the convenience of having everything controlled from a single app is pretty addictive. So these days I view HomeKit compatibility as a pretty non-negotiable item with any smart home tech.
But there are limits. And paying £16,500 ($22,000) for a Lutron system was definitely well beyond them!
However, the thing about having a lot of windows – especially floor to ceiling ones – is that good-quality blinds are expensive no matter what. And in the winter garden (glazed balcony) in particular, which is where we spend a huge amount of our time, we wanted really nice ones.
So when we found that we could have great blinds with iPhone control and promised HomeKit support for a little under half that price, we gulped and went for it …