OK, so I am in the final stretch of my pre-planning phase. I am now mostly down to making some equipment choices so I can keep the bids more uniform and comparable.
I am really intrigued by Hayward's OmniLogic 4 and so would like to use that as the core component that will then drive the other choices. If it weren't for that system and the control interface, I would almost certainly be looking at Pentair. Everything I've read here though makes it sound like Pentair has no plans they've even hinted at of improving their interface. Regardless, I am a month or two out from signing with a builder and OmniLogic is what's available now.
So given that, what makes the most sense here?
I am thinking Hayward for the SWG and Cartridge filter for sure to get me to 3 core components and a (possible?) extended warranty.
I'd probably also then go with Hayward pump(s) even though it seems Pentair has the slight edge here. Would there be any issues going with Pentair pumps on a Hayward controlled system?
Heater will be a Raypak. This seems to be the winner every time someone asks the question.
I am going to try and get solar. Leaning towards Heliocol here.
I'd like an acid dosing system. No ORP, but I'd like pH sensing with the ability to just have it go to a pre-set dosing if/when the pH sensing proves to be a problem.
Where I get lost though is aesthetic features. I'd like LOTS of LED lighting (budget permitting), LED Laminar jets, Bubblers (possibly LED but I am reading enough issues with these that I'm not sure LED is worth the risk even though I'd really like that) and an LED sheer descent.
Can you run Pentair LED Laminars with Hayward automation and get all the normal features? How about Pentair LED bubblers?
What about other brand LED lighting? Any issues controlling colors etc.. from OmniLogic? Is it just better to go all Hayward here?
Lastly, am I missing any major components that I need to consider still?