Lutron Unveils Smart Bridge System & App
Lutron has just announced that it will soon begin shipping a wireless bridge along with a simplified software application that works via smartphones and tablets and that will link Lutron’s Caséta wireless lamp dimmers, Pico remotes, Serena remote-controlled shades and other third-party devices. The app is also compatible with Honeywell’s soon to be released Wi-Fi thermostats and with the GE telligent LED bulb, due out in late 2014, said Lutron.
The Lutron Smart Bridge and its app will first be made available starting June 30 in a Pro version that can be bought and installed through local integrators, electricians lighting showrooms and security professionals. The app is available free of charge beginning then as well, on the App Store and Google Play. The do-it-yourself (DIY) version ($150 for the Smart Bridge) will be available beginning Sept. 1 on the serenashades.com web site.
Lutron Smart Bridge uses the company’s proprietary ClearConnect wireless technology. It sets up in under a half hour, plugging directly into a home’s Wi-Fi router and allows all devices to talk to the router, which in turn talks to the homeowner’s smartphone. It uses RF signals to connect with compatible Lutron devices.
Matt Swatsky, Lutron’s product development manager, who demonstrated Smart Bridge recently for the press, said the system is a solution that fills a market niche as well as a slot in the company’s residential products line, as it enables low-cost control of lighting, shades and temperature via an app.
Swatsky said third-party companies whose devices are compatible with Smart Bridge include URC, RTI and Control4 and on the alarm side, Alarm.com and ELK.