Just like a 20-inch flat screen TV cost $1,200 in 1999 and only $85 today, so goes the
evolution of whole home smart lighting solutions. For years, the point of entry into home
automation solutions was too high for most homeowners with overly expensive LED bulbs.
Now, with the availability of wirelessly controllable switches and dimmers, street-smart homes are more attainable.
One very simple, and inexpensive, solution for peace of mind and home safety is to replace your current light switches with dimmers. This will allow you to control your lights from anywhere — in much the same way as using smart bulbs.
The Caseta Wireless Dimmer by Lutron is a great segue into the world of connected home
lighting solutions. This easy-install system works with CFLs and dimmable LEDs, making it a versatile home lighting solution. The Caseta allows you to control your lights, shades and temperature simply by using the included app or the wall switch itself. It works with
Lutron’s own Caseta Smart Bridge system or the Wink hub.
Much like a standard dimmer, you can dim the lights manually or you can control them using an app on your smartphone or tablet. The Lutron app also lets you schedule specific times of day when you want to turn lights on or off, open or close shades, and adjust your thermostat. For instance, planning to be out late? You can have your outdoor lights come on when the sun goes down. Lutron’s new Apple Homekit-compatible version of Caseta lets you control your lights using Siri.
One thing to note is that the Caseta must be compatible with your thermostat and shades.
Thermostats by Honeywell, Lutron and Nest will work with your Caseta solution. Lutron Serena wireless shades will also work with the Caseta.
How It Works
The Caseta Starter Kit comes packaged with:
- Smart Bridge & App, with HomeKit technology
- 2 In-wall light dimmers
- 2 Lutron Claro® wallplates
- 2 Pico® remotes
- 2 Tabletop pedestals
The Smart Bridge has to be connected via an Ethernet cable to your router or switch, and then to an electricity outlet, and then synced with the iOS app (if you have the Homekit-compatible version), before you do anything else.
From there, simply download the Lutron app to your smartphone and follow the instructions for set-up. It’s the perfect smart home lighting solution for the DIY’er.