Lutron Electronics has integrated its Caséta Wireless system with Amazon Alexa, providing convenient voice control of home lighting. Caséta Wireless gives homeowners the ability to control lights from anywhere inside or outside the home using the free Lutron app, the Lutron Pico remote control, and select third-party devices. And now customers with an Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Amazon Fire TV can control their Caséta Wireless system using their voice.
The integration of Caséta Wireless with Alexa-enabled devices is an ideal match—Alexa-enabled devices are used in the areas where people spend the majority of their time, like the family room and kitchen. Whether users are watching TV, helping the kids with homework or crafts, or enjoying a quiet dinner, all of these events can be more relaxing and comfortable in the right light, which can be controlled by voice or the tap of a button.
“Asking Alexa to control your lights is undeniably powerful and can simplify things like coming home with arms full of kids, pets, and groceries,” said Matt Swatsky, director of product management at Lutron, who also noted the product’s usefulness to the aging in place community.
“For some people, this technology restores the freedoms once taken for granted—like freely moving about to alter the lights. Smart home products are not just about the wow factor anymore—they’re about changing peoples’ lives.”
“Using your voice to control smart home devices like Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system is both easy and natural with the magic of far-field voice recognition on Echo,” said Charlie Kindel, director, Amazon Alexa Smart Home. “We’re excited that Lutron customers can now control their lights simply by asking Alexa.”
Introduced in 2014, Caséta Wireless has helped homeowners and professionals alike overcome two common smart home lighting hurdles: compatibility with LEDs and installation challenges. Due to its unique dimmer design, a neutral wire is not required for in-wall installation—a challenge faced by people living in homes built before 1965. Not needing a neutral wire saves homeowners the cost and hassle of adding one.
And according to Swatsky, the system’s powerful Pico remote, which can be mounted to a wall without wiring or affixed to a tabletop pedestal, is ideal for times when talking to Alexa just isn’t possible, like when kids are sleeping or you’re in the middle of an important phone call. “Lutron has worked hard to make sure all situations are covered,” he said.
In addition to Caséta Wireless plug-in and wall-mounted dimmers, the Caséta Wireless smart bridge must be connected to the home’s Wi-Fi router to work with Alexa. And like all Lutron products, Caséta Wireless is backed by Lutron’s 24/7 U.S.-based technical support.
Priced from $99, Caséta Wireless kits are available now from Amazon, Apple, BestBuy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Magnolia Design Centers, select Magnolia Home Theater stores, Staples.com, and from local electricians, lighting showrooms and electrical distributors.
The free Lutron App for Caséta Wireless is available on iTunes and Google Play. Visit the Lutron LED Control Center of Excellence for a list of compatible bulbs and www.casetawireless.com for a list of compatible smart home products.