Lutron Caséta now works with Amazon Alexa
Lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics just expanded its reach further into the mass market with the revelation that its Caséta Wireless Smart Home Lighting Control System now works with Amazon Alexa to provide voice control of home lighting.
Caséta Wireless can control lights from anywhere inside or outside the home using the free Lutron Caséta app, the Lutron Pico remote control, and select third-party devices. Now consumers with an Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Amazon Fire TV can control a Caséta Wireless system.
“Asking Alexa to control your lights is undeniably powerful and can simplify things like coming home with arms full of kids, pets and groceries,” said Matt Swatsky, director of product management at Lutron. “For some people, this technology restores the freedoms once taken for granted – like freely moving about to alter the lights. Smart home products are not just about the wow factor anymore – they’re about changing peoples’ lives.”
“Using your voice to control smart home devices like Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system is both easy and natural with the magic of far-field voice recognition on Echo,” said Charlie Kindel, director, Amazon Alexa Smart Home. “We’re excited that Lutron customers can now control their lights simply by asking Alexa.”
In addition to Caséta Wireless plug-in and wall-mounted dimmers, the Caséta Wireless smart bridge must be connected to the home’s Wi-Fi router to work with Alexa.
Neil Orchowsky, Lutron's product development manager for strategic alliances, told Technology Integrator that the system is not meant to compete with more highly functional, professionally installed lighting control systems. With the Caséta/Alexa solutions, users can't implement scenes. They just get basic commands: "Turn on, turn off, dim, brighten, set to particular level," said Orchowsky.
Pricing for Caséta starts at $99. It's now available on Amazon.com, Apple Stores and Apple.com, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores, Home Depot.com and The Home Depot stores, Lowes.com and Lowe’s Home Improvement centers, Magnolia Design Centers, select Magnolia Home Theater stores, Staples.com, and from local electricians, lighting showrooms and electrical distributors.
More information is available in the Lutron-Alexa FAQ.