Welcome Roland That is beautiful work. You will find much information on how different sytems are wired here, not just American. Hang around and ask any questions that you may have. You will recieve many replies. You will find that this is a very profesional group, there are many good people here.
#122442 - 11/09/0509:26 AMRe: Some Nice Work from Germany
Beautiful work. It looks like a picture out of a Wago catalog. From the pictures I've seen of work in Germany it looks like you basically custom build the circuit breaker boxes for the application with an array of modular parts. Is this the case? How about in England or elsewhere? In the US we have a box with busbars installed and we can clip on only a few types of circuit protection and code limits us to 42 per "can".
#122443 - 11/09/0505:41 PMRe: Some Nice Work from Germany
I received an e-mail from Roland which I've translated. I put my comments in [brackets]. /C-H
"This is an installation at my aunt, built to the latest technical standard. It is possible to switch the lights and the rolling shutters centrally. A panic function is available and also a presence simulator  and several additional amenities. Much of it is done with control modules from Theben.
Picture no. 2 shows a radio that fits into the style of the light switches in the kitchen. (The plastic film was there just as protection from dust and paint)The yellow covers are missing from the top and bottom switches.
These pictures should show the Americans what a neat, state of art, electrical installation in Germany and Europe looks like."
1. Timers that switch on an off lights randomly to give the impression that someone is home.
#122446 - 11/10/0502:45 PMRe: Some Nice Work from Germany
My screening room at UC Irvine uses Kinoton Projectors, built in Germany and the internals are also well layed out and neat. They operate on 240v single phase.
The rails in the picture holding the devices are known here as "DIN" rails. Some electrical wholesale houses can order it for you, and most IEC controls and devices attach directly to the rail. It saves a lot of mounting time in complex control projects such as in this thread.
Stupid should be painful.
#122447 - 11/10/0502:50 PMRe: Some Nice Work from Germany