Leviton Launches Mass-Market Home-Automation Platform, Starting with Wi-Fi Lighting
Leviton launches ‘Decora Smart’ Wi-Fi lighting products, plus app and SHaaS (smart home as a service) platform to kick off new DIY initiative that could compete with Lutron's Caseta IoT ecosystem.
Leviton Delivers New Wi-Fi Lighting Automation Solution with Voice Control, Scheduling and Remote Access
Leviton announced today the release of a ground-breaking “hubless” home automation solution, Decora Smart™ with Wi-Fi Technology, offering remote access, app-based scheduling and voice control. The new product family simplifies home lighting control from anywhere by automating 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%.” 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.
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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 easily 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. For example, “Outside Lights On,” can illuminate a front porch light every night at sunset, and “All Lights Off,” can make bedtime considerably easier, especially for older residents and multi-level residences. 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 also 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 an industry-leading five-year limited warranty.
In addition to advanced functionality and compatibility features, the product line features the new in-wall Decora Smart aesthetic. The dimmer hardware features 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.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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