Lutron is filling the gap in its product line between $20 in-wall dimmers and custom-installed whole-house lighting-control systems with the launch of a new mass-market low-cost home-automation system.
Lutron's Smart Bridge will enable wireless app control of Caseta in-wall dimmers, lamp control modules, and Lutron's Serena motorized shades.
The system will focus on Lutron’s core competencies in lighting, shade and temperature control and enable control from iOS and Android tablets and phones, said product development manager Matt Swatsky. Commands can be issued within a home via the mobile devices’ Wi-Fi or a handheld remote. Commands can be issued from remote locations via cellular.
The products include the $150-suggested Smart Bridge, which plugs directly into a home’s Wi-Fi router. Wireless commands are sent from an iOS or Android app for tablets and smartphones to the hub via Wi-Fi. The hub in turn sends wireless commands via proprietary ClearConnect 434MHz RF technology to Lutron’s Caseta Wireless in-wall and lamp dimmers and to Lutron’s battery-powered Serena motorized shades. Range is guaranteed within a 30-foot bubble through walls, including brick walls, said Swatsky.
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