Lutron Offers Smart Lighting Solution with Aurora
Lutron is ready to solve the main problem in smart lighting with the new Aurora smart bulb dimmer. Instead of working with the light switch, the battery-powered dimmer will essentially become the light switch. The Aurora dimmer is mounted directly on top of a toggle switch in an “on” position making Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures ready to use at any time.
“The Lutron Aurora dimmer is the perfect complement to the Philips Hue system – it offers yet another convenient and familiar way for you to control and enjoy what our smart lighting can do. It also blends in well with any interior design style,” said Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems and Luminaires at Signify. “With Lutron as our new ‘Friend of Hue’, we’re continuing to deliver on our promise of making smart lighting even more accessible to anyone in the home.”
The Aurora has a classic design that won’t intimidate guests who may be unfamiliar with smart lighting. Locally, Aurora works like a regular dimmer switch (knob and all) and since it locks into place, it’s virtually impossible to accidentally turn it off. Since it runs on Zigbee technology, the Lutron Aurora smart bulb dimmer will also continue to work if they Wi-Fi conks outs.
To recognize their efforts in helping users regain control of their smart lighting technology, Philips Hue has added Lutron to its “Friends of Hue” program.
“Lutron is pleased to join the Philips Hue ‘Friends of Hue’ program and offer this unique, wall-mounted smart lighting control that enriches the Hue experience,” said Matt Swatsky, Vice President, Residential Mid-Market Business at Lutron. “Lutron prides itself on aligning with global, best-in-class companies like Signify to improve and evolve the lighting experience. Together, Lutron and Signify are addressing smart bulb user feedback with an attractive and practical solution that locks toggle switches in place to keep smart bulbs ready, while providing an additional point of control. The Aurora dimmer simplifies the use of Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures for everyone in the home.”
The Lutron Aurora dimmer is available for pre-order now on MeetHue.com for $39.95. It’s also expected to be available at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, and Home Depot in the coming weeks.