Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Voice & App Controlled Smart Light Switches [Lutron Caseta]

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR LIGHTS FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD


Want to access the lights in your home with a remote control, your phone or tablet, or even your voice?

Transforming your home with modern lighting technology is easier than you think.

Smart light switches & dimmers from Lutron allow total control of your home's lighting - right from the couch or from across the world.

Simply replace your current light switches with Lutron Caseta smart switches & let the fun begin.

Here's what you need to know to update to smart lighting in your home.

SMART SWITCHES & DIMMERS:

A smart switch has separate on and off buttons with no dimming capability.

Dimmers allow for lights to be dimmed. They work with dimmable LEDs and CFLs, as well as incandescent and halogen bulbs.

If you are using LED bulbs, see Lutron's LED compatibility tool to ensure the bulb you're dimming is compatible with your Cas├ęta Wireless dimmer.


First, you need to remove old lighting controls and wire in Caseta switches and/or dimmers. You can replace a single switch to get started and add more as you like, or replace them all at once.

There are 3 ways to control smart switches & dimmers without going to the wall to press them:

  1. Wireless Control (with Pico remote)
  2. Mobile Control (with Smart Phone / Tablet)*
  3. Voice Control*
*Separate Smart Bridge required for mobile & voice control. (Voice control also requires separate voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa).

WIRELESS CONTROL:


Pico remotes can be paired to Caseta switches for wireless control.

You can pair more than one light/dimmer to a single remote, or pair multiple remotes to a single switch/dimmer.

Remotes can be left on a table top, mounted to the wall or clipped to your car visor for control as you pull up to your home (note that extra hardware is required for mounting or clipping).

MOBILE CONTROL (VIA SMART BRIDGE):


Controlling the lights from a smart phone or tablet allows you to control the lights from anywhere in the world.

A Smart Bridge hub is required to gain access to your Caseta switches & dimmers via a mobile device.

Your mobile device must be running 8.0 or later software for iOS devices or 4.1+ for Android.

VOICE CONTROL:



Probably the most exciting feature of adding Smart Switches to your home is be able to turn the lights on and off with your voice.

Voice control requires both a Smart Bridge (Lutron's hub) and a separate Voice Assistant such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit.

SMART LIGHTING CONTROL:



Switches/dimmers, Smart Bridges and Pico remotes can all be purchased separately.

Or, you can get a starter kit bundled with all 3 (1 dimmer switch, 1 remote, 1 Smart Bridge), and buy additional on/off switches, Caseta dimmers and/or remotes to add the the kit.

COOL FEATURES OF CASETA SMART LIGHTING*:
(*Lutron Smart Bridge required for following features)

  • Schedule lights for certain times of day (auto adjusts with seasons and Daylight Savings)
  • Set scenes (ex: "dinner", "movie night", etc.)
  • Smart Away feature turns lights on and off randomly when you are traveling
  • Connects with Smart Home brands including the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, Serena shades, and Sonos)
See all compatible products for Lutron's Caseta smart home system.

SINGLE POLE VS 3-WAY SMART SWITCHES

Single pole switches & dimmers control the lights from 1 location on the wall.

Three-way switches & dimmers are wired to control the same lights from 2 separate wall locations (for example, at opposite ends of a hall).

Lutron Caseta smart switches and dimmers can be used either way (single-pole or 3-way).

To achieve 3-way functionality, simply wire in a smart switch (or dimmer) into 1 of the 2 locations. In the 2nd location, mount a Pico remote into the electrical box (with this bracket) instead of wiring in an additional device. The remote will fit the rocker switch plate opening (same cover as the switch or dimmer).

SHOP:


READY TO BUY SMART HOME LIGHTING CONTROLS?

Use the links below or shop all smart lighting home controls here.

 Buy a Caseta Smart Lighting Starter Bundle

-dimmer switch
-wall plate
-remote
-hub


 Buy a Lutron Smart On/Off Light Switch

-purchase separate remote for wireless control
-purchase separate Smart Bridge for phone & tablet control (also required for voice control through separate voice assistant)




 Buy a Lutron Smart Switch Remote

-pair with smart switch to control throughout home
-mount in electrical box to add 3-way functionality to Caseta switch.

  Buy a Lutron Caseta Smart Dimming Switch

-dims the lights & turns on/off at wall
-add remote for wireless control
-add Smart Bridge hub for tablet & smart phone control via Lutron's app
-Smart Bridge also allows for voice control through a separate Voice Assistant such as Amazon Alexa


 Buy a Lutron Pico Dimmer Switch Remote Control

-controls Caseta dimmer switch remotely
-may be installed in wall box in place of a switch or dimmer to create 3-way funtionality with another existing Caseta dimmer



 Buy a Pico Remote Mounting Bracket

-makes it possible to mount a Pico remote (for a switch or a dimmer) into the electrical box - needs rocker cover




 Buy a Smart Bridge Hub

-allows Caseta line of dimmers and switches to be controlled via Lutron's app on a tablet or smart phone
-allows integration of voice assistant for control of lighting verbally

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