There are two ways to smarten your home: hire a professional to install the technology or do it yourself. In the past, manufacturers catered exclusively to one of these two camps—rarely both. But there’s a new line of thinking in the home control marketplace. Increasingly, manufacturers that had focused solely on developing products intended for professional installation are also offering solutions that homeowners can install on their own. Centralite Systemsis one of these manufacturers that is straddling both marketplaces with the introduction of a line of DIY-friendly connected products available directly to consumers through the company’s redesigned e-commerce website, www.centralite.com.
Centralite makes over 30 connected home devices, many of which are produced for the world’s biggest home automation brands. In offering its own branded line, Centralite is enabling its partners and their customers’ access to connected products that are easy to use, compatible with the most popular systems on the market, and central to the complete connected experience.
“In making our products directly available to consumers through our own e-commerce sales channel, we are meeting the consumer demand for fast and easy access to the highest quality, most technologically advanced connected devices on the market,” says Centralite vice president of sales and marketing, Sean Bryant. We’re extremely excited to take Centralite in this new direction, and we know smart home customers will be excited as well.”
The initial roll-out of Centralite branded products includes the Pearl Thermostat, Smart Outlet and the Smart Dimming Outlet. Future releases will include the Temperature & Humidity Sensor, Smart Switch, Water Sensor, and Smart Button.
Certified for ZigBee Home Automation 1.2, the Pearl is compatible with over a dozen connected home platforms that support ZigBee HA 1.2. The Pearl works with nearly all residential HVAC systems including electric, heat pump, gas, and oil systems. Allowing for up to two stages of heat and two stages of cool, the Pearl is compatible with newer, high-efficiency HVAC systems. Utilizing a capacitive touch display, the thermostat delivers precise control and an unparalleled user experience. The Pearl lets the user take control of their comfort with the ability to set up schedules and events. Using an internet-connected ZigBee HA 1.2 hub, the Pearl can even be controlled while away from home. The Pearl also reports humidity (optional) and temperature down to 0.1°C, giving the connected home a more accurate view of how the HVAC system is performing. The Pearl’s capacitive touch controls eliminate physical buttons to provide a more reliable, stylish, and convenient way to interact with your thermostat. With the swipe of a finger, the user can set the temperature or lock changes using the HOLD button.
3-SERIES SMART OUTLET
This is a simple, low-cost appliance and lamp control with energy reporting. The 3-Series Smart Outlet introduces new functionality to existing home appliances, lights, and electronic devices. By placing the Smart Outlet between an outlet and any device or appliance, the user can instantly add advanced automation features. It can also be used with an existing ZigBee hub to respond to alerts, schedules, and scenes. The Smart Outlet reports its power usage for energy management—making it an affordable way to automate almost anything. The 3-Series Smart Outlet also measures real-time energy usage and can report these levels to the ZigBee hub. This gives the user greater insight into how their home uses energy and helps reduce power consumption with custom rules and scenes.
3-SERIES SMART DIMMING OUTLET
The 3-Series Smart Dimming Outlet introduces new functionality to existing in-home lighting systems. By placing the Smart Dimming Outlet between an outlet and any lamp (up to 300W) in the home, users can instantly add advanced automation features. The Smart Dimming Outlet can also set dimming levels for any dimmable light bulb. Not only can the Smart Dimming Outlet be dimmed remotely, but it also can be used with an existing ZigBee hub to respond to alerts, schedules, and scenes. It can also report its power usage for energy management. The 3-Series Smart Dimming Outlet is an affordable way to add automation and track energy use in the home. The 3-Series Smart Dimming Outlet also measures real-time energy usage and can report these levels to the ZigBee hub.