Savant Home Automation Supports Philips Hue Smart LED Bulbs
Philips Hue RGB lighting control can be added inexpensively to Savant home automation systems thanks to Philips' release of API for the smart bulbs.
The communications protocol for Philips Hue has been profiled and is now native to the Savant platform – no third party drivers or accessories required.
Savant executive VP Jim Carroll tells CE Pro that Savant created the profile at the request of “our expanding retail channel of Apple Authorized Resellers.”
While they can’t get their hands on the bulbs for resale (Apple is the exclusive authorized retailer), dealers recognize that “Hue is a hot item,” says Carroll, and they want to support their own customers with technologies they desire.
Integrators have questioned why Hue and possibly dozens of other emerging smart bulbs might fit into a whole-house control system, but they do make sense for small-scale colored lighting effects that don’t warrant a complete DMX or other RGB lighting control system.
The Philips bulbs are just $50 each.
Savant’s control system supports functions such as color adjustments and brightness settings. Via Savant’s RacePoint Blueprint configuration software, dealers can control an unlimited number of Hue Bulbs simultaneously or program customized lighting scenes.
The integration would have been darn near impossible had Philips not released an API for the ZigBee-communicating bulbs in March.
Savant appears to be the first major home control manufacturer to offer native support for Philips Hue. Last week Control4 announced an integration module for the bulbs by way of a third-party application developed and sold by Extra Vegetables.
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