Siri Turns the Lights On

Siri Turns the Lights On

The first HomeKit hardware finally sees the light, but you can tell Siri to turn it off.

Lutron has released its Apple HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, making voice command a viable option for smart home devices. Homeowners can now control their dimmers and shades using Siri voice commands on their iPhone or iPad.

The Smart Bridge, which is part of the Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, is available for a mid-market friendly $230 retail. The kit includes one Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, two Caséta Wireless dimmers, two remotes and two pedestals. It’s available at Apple Stores and Amazon.com.

Lutron now allows voice control on Apple's HomeKit.
Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit includes a Smart Bridge that supports Apple’s HomeKit.

There’s an interesting cross-integration element to this bridge. HomeKit enablement allows other developers to write apps to control Lutron lights and shades as well as integrate them with other devices.

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Lutron has been riding Apple’s high horse on several devices, most recently enabling the Apple Watch as an interface with a new app. Lutron is the first automation company to release a device for HomeKit, but according to Apple it won’t be the last in June.

About The Author

Casey Meserve is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating investigative and timely articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a master’s degree in English in 2011. She began her writing career in 2005 as a reporter for Community Newspaper Company and later GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as an editor at AOL Patch.

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