The best smart light switches for 2021 – nation.lk – The Nation Newspaper
Sick of not being able to control your ceiling lights with your phone? Good news! You can actually retrofit most of your home’s light fixtures to make them web-connected.
While many of us don’t want to go through the hassles of replacing old lightbulbs with smart ones, we can opt for smart light switches instead. Offering a number of the same perks as today’s leading smart bulbs, smart light switches are easy to install and simple to manage — whether at home or on the go. For your consideration, here’s a roundup of the best smart light switches available right now.
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Lutron Caseta wireless dimmer
As far as smart lighting systems go, this switch by Lutron is one of the easiest to install and most feature-heavy on the market. This smart light switch doesn’t require a neutral wire. Plus, it offers geofencing capabilities, which means your lights can automatically turn on when you arrive home and turn off when you leave. You also can schedule them to turn on or off by themselves at certain times of the day, a great feature that can make it seem like you’re at home when you’re actually away.
The switch itself is highly functional, with different buttons indicating exactly what your options are, whether you want to turn out the lights or adjust the brightness. Want to use voice commands to control the lights? Integrate the Lutron switch with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri to get started.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to get the Lutron Smart Bridge to use all the features with any Lutron products, including the Lutron Caseta wireless dimmer. You can purchase a starter kit, which includes the bridge and a remote control. The bridge must be plugged into your home’s router for you to control the lights from your electronic device, such as a smartphone.
WeMo Smart Light Switch (2nd-gen)
WeMo is a mighty force, offering a myriad of bulbs, switches, and smart plugs for powering a smart home. One of the newest offerings is the WeMo Smart Light Switch (2nd-gen). After the quick and easy install, you’ll be able to control your lighting fixtures with the switch, the WeMo app, and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit voice commands (smart speaker or display required).
Within the WeMo app, you’ll be able to build custom schedules for your lighting and fans, cueing them to turn on at certain times of the day. If you’re heading out of town for the week, you can even turn on Away Mode, which turns your lights on/off at random to make it seem like someone is home. Conveniently, WeMo even lets you group multiple switches together for grouped controls of your lighting and other applicable features. Do be aware that the WeMo Smart Light Switch (2nd-gen) requires a neutral wire and is not compatible with three-way switches.