Lutron has been a leading player in smart lighting control from before anyone used the term smart lighting control. Now the company has a new system that will let dealers install and program wireless lighting and shade control in only a couple of steps.
It almost seems like a DIY product, similar to the Revolv, Lowe’s Iris or Staples Connect, but it’s designed to be sold through installer networks, so you’ll need a pro to make it all happen.
The system is built around the Smart Bridge Pro, a hub that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi router and sends wireless signals to all the devices you want connected. Instead of protocols like Z-Wave or Zigbee, the Smart Bridge Pro uses Caseta, a variation of Lutron’s ClearConnect wireless system.
When launched, the Smart Bridge Pro hub will cost $200 and include an iOS and Android app for controlling the system via smart phone. It will work with Lutron’s Caseta wireless dimmers (both in-wall and plug-in modules), Lutron Serena motorized shades, Pico remote control, GE’s Telligent smart bulb, and more third-party devices to come later. CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson reports that the system will also integrate with a Honeywell thermostat.
Lutron’s Serena battery-powered shades.
In addition to device support, the system will be able to interface with professional automation systems like Control4, URC and RTI.
The Smart Hub is also compatible with Alarm.com’s security app and systems from ELK and others.