Control & Automation

Leviton Decora Lighting Control Compatible with Apple HomeKit

At CES 2017, Leviton announced its new Decora in-wall dimmers and switchers are Apple HomeKit enabled.


Integrators can set up clients' Leviton Decora lighting systems through Apple HomeKit.
Robert Archer · January 16, 2017

Lighting control and home automation are some of the trendiest technologies in modern consumer electronics. Helping to drive the category's popularity, Leviton has announced its new Decora smart in-wall dimmers and switchers that feature Apple HomeKit capabilities. 

Introduced at CES 2017, Leviton's Decora line can be controlled via iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Users can also control the devices via voice using Siri.

"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," says 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,

Leviton says electronics professionals can also set up their clients' lighting systems through the HomeKit app.

The products work with low-watt light sources like LED bulbs and utilize Decora form factor feature switches with embedded LEDs to indicate lighting levels. 

"Leviton is ecstatic to take our popular Decora brand into the future with Decora Smart, starting with HomeKit-enabled devices," notes Daryoush Larizadeh, president and chief operating officer, 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."

The line currently includes three products:

  • 1,000-watt Universal Dimmer (up to 450-watt LED)
  • 600-watt Univresal Dimmer (up to 300-watt LED)
  • 15-amp Universal Rocker Switch (up to 600-watt LED)


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Comments

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 9, 2017

Any ideas on the support for 3-way wiring setups?

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 2, 2017

I guess my next question would be are these switches 3-way capable.  For example, the outside lights (which is where I would like to use one of these switches) are controlled from the kitchen and the bedroom using a typical 3-Way configuration and two switches.  So, are these switches 3-way capable, and I could replace one of the switches and all would be good, giving me manual control in both the places, along with the Homekit control?

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

That’s outstanding news.  Now can’t wait for them to get released.  Looking forward!

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 1, 2017

My Leviton guy: “HomeKit and no hub required.  Devices use wifi and communicate direct to Apple cloud.”

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Thanks.  Appreciate it very much.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 1, 2017

I’ll inquire, Jack.

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Understood.  We have good wifi coverage in the house.  Problem is the house is bigger than the ‘40’ foot reccomendation for Bluetooth range. Hence hoping to find out if these are wifi devices. 

I’d like to avoid having to put multiple apple TV units or iPads around the house to act as hubs. 

Any guesses.

Posted by antoniohardeman on February 1, 2017

HomeKit speaks HomeKit Accessory Protocol (HAP), which runs on top of a BLE/Bluetooth Smart or an HTTP/TCP/IP stack.  Most of the devices so far have worked via the BLE/Bluetooth Smart stack.  You can choose to have an Apple Tv or an Ipad act the ‘hub’; but you need one or the other.

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Hi… Any idea how they will communicate with HomeKit.  It’s my understanding that there is no Hub, so it’s either Bluetooth or Wifi.  Hopefully it’s Wifi, as I am concerned that Bluetooth will not have the appropriate range in many cases, or we would have to have multiple Apple TVs around the house to ensure proper bluetooth coverage. 

Hope these really work well as I like the form factor and price, etc. 

Any ideas?

Thanks.

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Hi… Any idea how they will communicate with HomeKit.  It’s my understanding that there is no Hub, so it’s either Bluetooth or Wifi.  Hopefully it’s Wifi, as I am concerned that Bluetooth will not have the appropriate range in many cases, or we would have to have multiple Apple TVs around the house to ensure proper bluetooth coverage. 

Hope these really work well as I like the form factor and price, etc. 

Any ideas?

Thanks.

Posted by antoniohardeman on February 1, 2017

HomeKit speaks HomeKit Accessory Protocol (HAP), which runs on top of a BLE/Bluetooth Smart or an HTTP/TCP/IP stack.  Most of the devices so far have worked via the BLE/Bluetooth Smart stack.  You can choose to have an Apple Tv or an Ipad act the ‘hub’; but you need one or the other.

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Understood.  We have good wifi coverage in the house.  Problem is the house is bigger than the ‘40’ foot reccomendation for Bluetooth range. Hence hoping to find out if these are wifi devices. 

I’d like to avoid having to put multiple apple TV units or iPads around the house to act as hubs. 

Any guesses.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 1, 2017

I’ll inquire, Jack.

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

Thanks.  Appreciate it very much.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 1, 2017

My Leviton guy: “HomeKit and no hub required.  Devices use wifi and communicate direct to Apple cloud.”

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 1, 2017

That’s outstanding news.  Now can’t wait for them to get released.  Looking forward!

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 2, 2017

I guess my next question would be are these switches 3-way capable.  For example, the outside lights (which is where I would like to use one of these switches) are controlled from the kitchen and the bedroom using a typical 3-Way configuration and two switches.  So, are these switches 3-way capable, and I could replace one of the switches and all would be good, giving me manual control in both the places, along with the Homekit control?

Posted by jack_kingsley yahoo.com on February 9, 2017

Any ideas on the support for 3-way wiring setups?