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SCENE & HEARD
LUTRON’S CASETA WIRELESS SYSTEM SIMPLIFIES LIGHTING CONTROL THROUGH A ROUTER BRIDGE, WIRELESS SWITCHES AND AN APP. THE SWITCHES CAN CONTROL ONE OR MULTIPLE LIGHTS IN THE HOME.
“ALEXA, TURN ON THE LIGHTS”
Making connected lighting even more exciting to the consumer is the recent introduction of voice- activated home connection hubs, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Connected lighting is a foundational element, and voice activation has expanded the possibilities. “The fastest growing component in home control and automation is voice recognition,” said Lutron’s Weinstein. “It’s a huge catalyst to the adoption of these technologies.”
Philip’s Manegold added: “There’s some magic that happens when you say something and the lights turn on instantly. There’s an element of living in a Jetson’s world.”
The smart home audience is maturing and reaching beyond the tech enthusiasts to a more mainstream
consumer. These products are there to solve a problem and can bene t the consumer’s lifestyle.
While lighting suppliers forge ahead with technologies that raise the bar for connected light, the American Lighting Association is setting standards
to ensure security. “We have to be sure that products sold by our members all have security appropriate
to the situation,” McGowan noted. “This is one of the most important technologies in lighting right now.”
To cement it’s signi cance, he continued that connected lighting has been added as a category in the Lighting
for Tomorrow competition, and the ALA anticipates stronger participation in this category going forward.
“Seeing is believing,” Manegold added. It’s hard to do that without the proper lighting.
[CONNECTED LIGHTING] IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NEW OPPORTUNITY SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE DIMMER.
– RICHARD WEINSTEIN, LUTRON
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