At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Leviton announced the development of new Decora Smart Apple HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories for use with your iPhone or iPad, including in-wall dimmers and switches. Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri voice control on an iPhone or iPad, or Apple’s Home app.
The app-based setup and control allows professionals and end users to install a Leviton HomeKit-enabled accessory and begin controlling lighting and loads from Apple’s Home app or the free Decora Smart Home iOS app—no hubs or bridges required. Three new lighting and load control accessories from Leviton will include a 1000W Universal Dimmer (up to 450W LED), 600W Universal Dimmer (up to 300W LED), and 15A Universal Rocker Switch (up to 600W LED).
“This new line of Leviton HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories expands and builds upon the Decora brand that consumers are familiar with and that professionals trust,” said Richard Westfall, vice president and general manager of Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation. “Innovation has been a focus for Leviton since our founding 110 years ago, and from pioneering the Decora rocker light switch decades ago to adding support for HomeKit, Leviton continues to innovate the Decora brand in order to best meet the growing and expanding needs of homeowners, and this product line is the next step in the brand’s evolution.”
The new lighting control accessories are engineered to function with extremely sensitive, low-wattage light sources, such as a single LED bulb in a hallway or a strand of holiday lights. The in-wall dimmer and rocker switches leverage the Decora form factor pioneered by Leviton with true rocker paddles, making usage easy for guests and family members alike, even in the dark. The dimmers feature embedded LEDs to display the illumination level, but the LEDs vanish for a clean appearance. Leveraging the Decora wiring device platform, there is support for multi-way applications, such as hallways or staircases, in which one fixture is controlled by two devices. Common color change kits and screwless wallplates round out the smart offering.
The free Leviton app, Decora Smart Home, will provide advanced lighting control and customizable settings, including bulb type, adjustable fade rate, minimum/maximum brightness levels, and more. Leviton’s HomeKit-enabled devices can leverage scenes including “Good Morning” and “Good Night,” automation scheduling, third-party device integration, and remote access capabilities. Further, Leviton HomeKit-enabled accessories respond to Siri, letting you dim/brighten or turn on/off with just your voice.
"Leviton is ecstatic to take our popular Decora brand into the future with Decora Smart, starting with HomeKit-enabled devices," said Daryoush Larizadeh, president and chief operating officer for Leviton. "With no unnecessary steps or hardware bridges, our contractors, builders, and end users can create a smart home faster and easier than ever, using Leviton dimmers and switches that wire just like the traditional devices at a comfortable price point for smart technology."
Leviton Decora Smart HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories will be available this April in all sales channels including electrical distribution, retail, and online vendors.