By Andrew Nichols
Integration is the name of the game when it comes to adding smarts to your house. The more easily devices can communicate with each other, the more opportunities you’ll have to automate how these devices operate. When two big-name companies like Leviton and Nest band their products together some truly amazing things can happen. What makes this cross communication of products even better is that they can talk to each other via the cloud, so no special hub required.
Specifically, Leviton’s Decora Smart line of Wi-Fi dimmers, switches and plug-in adapters, now work with Nest thermostats, cameras, Hello video doorbell, and Protect smoke/CO detectors through the “Works with Nest” program.
Via the My Leviton app, users can link the Leviton and Nest Wi-Fi devices together, and incorporate them all into whole-house scenes. For example:
- Turning Leviton lights on if a Nest Cam detects motion
- Turning Leviton lights on if there is a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm detected by Nest Protect
- Adjusting Leviton lights based on when a Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest app or other Nest sensor says you are home or away
- Setting devices to turn on, off or “blink” for a certain duration (30 seconds to 12 hours).after an event occurs.
”Nest users can now connect the two clouds with the click of a button to immediately provide enhanced automation schemes,” says Aaron Ard, senior director of engineering for Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation.
Also Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
In addition to integrating with Nest, Leviton Wi-Fi devices can communicate cloud-to-cloud with such services as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control, as well as IFTTT for a multitude of third-party integrations.
The Leviton devices and app have their own intelligence as well, allowing users to set schedules and countdown timers, configure home and away modes, and create on-demand scenes like “TV Time” or “Game Night.”
With multi-user support, every family member can have their own scenes activated by their personal mobile devices.
Each Leviton device can be adjusted for fade rates, brightness levels, bulb types and LED functionality.
Andrew is a journalist and educator living in the Providence area. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of a gaming and tech website, and the Managing Editor of his university newspaper, The Torch. He received his Bachelors in Writing and Masters in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Andrew at [email protected]