Savant Offers Lighting Control Without Savant System
The Internet of Lighting
August 21, 2013 by Julie Jacobson

Savant Systems, purveyor of premium home automation systems based on Apple platforms, is going mainstream (for them) with standalone Wi-Fi light dimmers and switches employing the Internet of Things.

Unlike other devices in the Savant ecosystem, these multipurpose dimmers and switches need not be integrated into a complete (pricey) Savant system. Users (via professional installers) can simply swap out their dimmers and switches, replace them with one- to six-button Wi-Fi keypads, and launch the free SavantLighting App.

The product line includes both one- and two-gang keypads, retailing for $215 and $430, respectively, including factory engraving.

The double-gangs feature their own on-board processors so they can serve as a system-wide control hub. As long as you have one of them in a system, you don’t need some other central processor (a “host” in Savant parlance) to link together a wide range of devices controlled by multiple keypads – lights, motorized shades, fireplaces and anything else that can be dimmed or switched.

These devices can then be incorporated into scenes via the SavantLighting app. For example, you can trigger a ROMANCE scene that dims the lights and turns on the electronic fireplace. Or you launch a LATE-NIGHT-MUNCHIE scene that lights up a pathway from the bedroom to the kitchen.

Keypad buttons are engraved by the factory.

To get the full Savant experience – two-way monitoring and control of audio, video, lighting, thermostats, security and the like—you’ll still need a host controller, but you can always start with a few keypads now and upgrade to the whole shebang later.

And here’s another goodie: The keypads deliver real-time energy-usage data, so users can track energy consumption (and savings) and change their lighting behaviors to maximize efficiency.

At launch in October of this year, the SmartLighting Wi-Fi products will be sold only through authorized Savant dealers.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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