Any individual who’s put in sensible bulbs of their house will inform you that they right away—and annoyingly—transform dumb bulbs when any person turns them off by way of flipping the transfer at the wall. Lutron confirmed me its resolution for this drawback at CES remaining January, and the lighting fixtures producer is in any case making ready to send its Lutron Aurora sensible bulb dimmer.
This $40 tool (which shall be to be had handiest in white) suits over maximum toggle-style switches and stops them from being flipped to the off place. However in contrast to the unsightly units that do handiest that, the Aurora too can keep watch over Zigbee three.zero sensible bulbs, together with Philips Hue. It will possibly’t alternate colours or colour temperatures, but it surely does have a button that may flip the bulb off and on, and a rotary dial across the button that you’ll be able to flip to dim and brighten the bulb.
One Aurora can keep watch over as much as 12 Zigbee sensible bulbs, or as many as 50 bulbs in the event that they’re hooked up to a Philips Hue Bridge. And the ones bulbs don’t want to be electrically hooked up to the transfer on which the Aurora is attached—simply so long as any transfer the ones bulbs are hooked up to stay within the on place. Lutron says you’ll have the ability to configure which bulbs you wish to have every Aurora to keep watch over from inside the Hue app.
In eventualities the place a wise bulb is on a multi-way circuit, you’ll be able to set up one Aurora dimmer on every transfer within the circuit. If the bulb is became off at one location, it could possibly nonetheless be became on from every other Aurora-controlled transfer at the circuit.
The Lutron Aurora sensible bulb dimmer is now to be had for pre-order at MeetHue.com for $39 and is anticipated to send in June. It is going to even be available to buy on-line at Amazon, Apple, Highest Purchase, and House Depot.
Sadly for house owners with rocker-style switches, Lutron doesn’t these days have an answer for them. Once I requested about that, a spokesperson spoke back: “[Lutron] will proceed to innovate and introduce the goods and answers that satisfy our consumers’ want and desires.”