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designing a smart lighting plan: voice control, presence detection, & light switches
The following is an edit transcript of \"13 episodes: design intelligent lighting plan: voice control, state detection, and electric light switch--
Episode 4 of Episode 7
A series of articles on the future of smart home.
In this episode that predicts our future, I will talk to some of the biggest companies in the field of smart lighting about how consumers approach their own smart lighting plans, and explore why the winners in this field are far from obvious.
Is the light switch broken?
What are the benefits of having your home lights on the Web?
The most obvious use case is that you can turn the lights on or off when you are not at home.
But you can also imagine how a very smart system knows, and when you go to bed, it should turn off the lights elsewhere in your house.
Or you can imagine that in terms of security, if the sensor outside your house notices suspicious movement, it may turn on the lights to mimic your presence.
In the case of intelligent lighting, it is not only the user interface or distribution function that competes for dominance.
Instead, the winner of smart lighting may actually be based on which company has the right vision to decide how your entire lighting system is set up.
Today you walk into a room and if you want to turn on the light you will turn on a switch on the wall.
Is this an ideal way to work in a smart home?
Will you find it easier to take out your phone from there and open an app and turn on the lights?
If you walk into the room, you have to take your phone out of your pocket, maybe not.
More likely, this could be a particularly useful example if you\'re sitting on a couch and too lazy to get up, and you might want to tell your Amazon Echo: \"Alexa, turn on the lights.
\"What if the room knew you were inside and turned on the lights for you?
Can we go to a place where there is no light switch on the wall and the home will simply understand our intentions before we express it?
If you want to transform the light by connecting the light to the network, by replacing the box containing the light switch, including some receivers and transmitters in the switch, so that you can control the switch remotely, it seems logical.
The leader in the American market for light switches and dimmers is a company called Lutron.
Neil Orchowski is a strategic alliance for Lu Chuang\'s product development manager.
The name of their lighting control product line is caseta Wireless.
When I spoke to Neil, I wanted to know all the different components of casetas wireless and what the integration with the existing lighting system looks like.
\"Caseta consists of several basic components. . . .
We have dimmers, we have switches, and they all communicate wirelessly through what Lutron says is \"clearly connected wireless technology.
Like WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee or Z-Wave. ” Zigbee and Z-
Wave is a wireless communication protocol similar to WiFi and Bluetooth, but these transmitters and receivers only require very little power.
Neil Orchowski: \"From there, you can start your smart home with Caseta in what we call Pico wireless control, which is a wireless remote control, it happens to be also installed on the wall inside the same wall board that you might use for dimmer.
If you want to add a three-
Control the position of the lights from anywhere in the room or home, you add this slightly to the wall and put a wall panel around it, now you create a smart three
There is no need to call the way app for electricians, pull wires, cut drywall, etc.
It\'s smart for some people.
\"I:\" works the way it is essentially a relay if I don\'t have a third switch elsewhere. . . . Is that right?
\"That\'s right . \"
Imagine a corridor where you come in from the front door and the corridor starts with a switch where you walk along the corridor to where the bedroom is, maybe it is not connected to there with a switch.
But this is really where you want to control the lights and turn them off so you don\'t have to go all the way to the end of the corridor.
You can hire an electrician to pull the wire there and install the analog switch or use this wire remote control
Free, battery powered, 10 years battery life, then wirelessly connected to the dimmer at the other end of the hall to give you easy, convenient, brand new light control. . . .
What if you let the guest visit your home and your guest doesn\'t have an app to control your lights through that app?
When they get out of that door, they want to be able to press a button.
\"The Caseta Wireless product line can also work with voice activation.
Neil Orchowski: \"Once you want to connect more than just the remote, then you can connect to what we call the Lutron smart bridge. . . .
Something that connects your local network--
WiFi router with wired Ethernet connection--
Lutron bridge effectively converts Lutron\'s wireless technology into a home network.
Now you can connect all sorts of things, like Apple TV for Home Suite integration, like Amazon Alexa, like Google Home.
\"One of the challenges of smart home lighting solutions in the future is to completely eliminate the light switch.
For those who already have Sonos at home, you may know that you don\'t have a physical switch to turn off the music.
You run music completely from their app.
However, there are challenges in the implementation of no switching.
If you access a home with Sonos and you do not download the app to control it, you may find yourself unable to turn off the music or even adjust the volume.
Now imagine that the lighting company uses a similar implementation: the lights don\'t have physical switches and you can only control them through the app.
What if the lights went out when you were not at home and the fire department came to investigate a problem?
You might imagine that a switch-free design involves an application on the phone communicating with the network, and then WiFi or other protocols communicate the instructions to the receiver switch that lives in the Wall electric box to control the lights.
However, the receiver on the side of the light switch does not actually need to be placed in the wall box behind the light switch.
It can easily live in lamps on the ceiling, even inside the bulb itself.
While the Lutron solution is not complicated, you still need an electrician to implement it unless you want to risk unscrewing the wall panel and replacing the existing switch on the wall with these new smart switches.
If you screw in the smart bulb, you don\'t have to use the switch because you can also control the bulb over the network.
A company that makes WiFi
The enabled bulb that works this way is GE Lighting.
GE Lighting is confident in the power of Lighting solutions that do not require smart switches.
I spoke to Jeff Barton, general manager of connected home products at GE Lighting.
Jeff Barton: \"In 2016, about a year ago, we entered the Internet with what GE called the second generation of C.
We launched a set of smart bulbs.
They are bluetooth low powerenabled.
Our strategy is to make people experience smart homes without hubs for the first time, so these are all directly controlled through mobile phones and apps.
\"We quickly launched a connected desk lamp that actually embedded the Alexa Voice Service in the desk lamp, so it has speakers, microphones, Wi-
The Fi stream is integrated in that unit. . . .
We will also launch our bridge version, which will allow the bulbs we connect to be controlled outdoors, giving you more level 2 experience from a smartphone perspective.
\"I wonder: does this mean that GE Lighting no longer believes in the future of the light switch?
Jeff Barton: \"When we started this journey, I had the assumption that we could really get out of the light switch.
I think it does give you some independence by letting your phone control this first level.
You can basically use your phone as a remote control.
When we roll out the schedule, this gives you another degree of freedom away from the light switch.
The lights will turn on and off. . . “Our in-
The family research we do shows that it\'s still valuable to have some kind of light switch.
How do we define this switch, its utility will certainly change.
This is not our transformation in the last few hundred years.
This is a way for you to control the lighting of the space.
When you get in and out, now that you have all of these options between the remote controls, I say your phone is on schedule.
You get more things when we roll out more elements
Demand Control via voice.
Sridhar Kumaraswamy & Philips light inglet compares GE Lighting to Philips Lighting.
The latter also has a smart bulb, but you should really use the bulb with the bridge made by Philips Lighting.
Unlike the smart bulb for GE Lighting, you can\'t screw into the smart bulb from Philips lighting and then without purchasing any additional Philips lighting components, turn the lights on and off from the app on your phone.
Kumdhar Kumaraswamy is senior vice president and general manager of smart lighting solutions Hue Home Systems at Philips Lighting.
We first discussed how the entire smart product line of Philips Hue works.
Kumdhar Kumaraswamy: \"The building is like this and you always need the hub.
The Hub has three different features.
Manage the Zigbee network--
Control the network of light points.
It serves as a bridge between the Zigbee network and the IP side, and then serves as a gateway to the Internet.
Perhaps most importantly, it has. . .
Our lighting operating system.
It has our logic, which actually enables users to have their lights respond to what they will define as a personal lighting experience.
The hub is absolutely necessary and you have to use the hub to delegate all of our lighting products and switches.
\"If you\'re not yet confused about how different players in the lighting space work and compete with each other, you should be confused.
This is the partner of Lu Chuang, and Lu Chuang also competes with Lu Chuang in the field of intelligent lighting.
Kumdhar Kumaraswamy: \"In our team, we have debated this trend, but we have come to the conclusion that, as we see now, it will not disappear soon.
We can\'t see this in the media. term.
When I talked about the media
In the semester, I am looking forward to the prospects for the next five to seven years.
\"We don\'t see this acceleration ---
The wall switch disappeared--
This means that the Luton people of this world can play a role.
The question is: what kind of role?
From our point of view, we are asking ourselves: How did you work together?
What is the appropriate strategy of cooperation with switch manufacturers that will enable us to deliver what we want to focus on, the lighting experience?
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