Leviton has released its “hubless” home automation solution, Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology, offering remote access, app-based scheduling, and voice control.
As tech giants like Amazon continue tightening their stronghold on the smart, voice-controlled home, we can expect to see hubs beginning to be phased out in place of new smart home technology.
The new product family can automate interior and exterior lights using the free My Leviton app. The devices can also be connected to Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap or Alexa-embedded products, like the Nucleus touchscreen intercom, to provide voice control through commands such as “Alexa, turn living room lamp to 33 percent.”
The Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology product family includes both 600W and 1000W in-wall dimmers and 15 Amp switches that are all multi-way capable, as well as plug-in outlets and plug-in dimmers.
Leviton devices are connected to a home’s Wi-Fi network as well as to Amazon Alexa-enabled products via the My Leviton app. In the app, users can add a new home, device, room, activity, or schedule at any time from an iOS or Android device. Users can also create schedules and activities based on specific times or events. Advanced settings are also available to adjust fade rates, brightness levels, bulb types and more, to precisely customize the right ambiance for every room.
"The Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology product line is a revolutionary innovation that brings affordable automation to the masses,” said Richard Westfall, vice president and general manager of Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation. “With nothing more than a new Leviton device, your Wi-Fi network, and a smartphone, homeowners can have a smart home with remote access, scheduling, and voice control. Add multi-way capability, advanced technology for low-wattage bulbs, plus multiple color options and wallplates to the offering—and this is the most complete and advanced IoT lighting control on the market.”
The Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology devices support LED, CFL, and incandescent bulbs and have been engineered for compatibility with sensitive low-wattage LED bulbs. With standard dimmers, these bulbs can glow even after lights are turned off, but the new compatibility feature will eliminate this in most bulbs, so off really means off. All Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology devices are supported by a five-year limited warranty.
The product line also features the new in-wall Decora Smart aesthetic. The dimmer hardware offers a dim/bright bar placed vertically alongside the on/off rocker paddle, while the vanishing LEDs on the left side of the paddle show current and target light levels with real-time feedback. Both white and light almond faceplates are included with the in-wall devices, and color change kits are available in black, red, ivory, gray, and brown.
Optional screwless Decora wallplates are also available to ensure a sleek, matching appearance with existing Decora dimmers and switches in a home. The following products in the Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Product Family are now available for sale in all channels: DW1KD Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology 1000W Dimmer, DW6HD Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology 600W Dimmer, DW15S Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology 15 Amp Switch, DW3HL Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology Plug-In Dimmer and the DW15A Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology Plug-In Outlet.
“With nothing more than a new Leviton device, your Wi-Fi network, and a smartphone, homeowners can have a smart home with remote access, scheduling, and voice control."—Richard Westfall, vice president and general manager, Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation