LEDVance, a distributor and marketer of Osram and Sylvania-brand LED lighting, reported that Sylvania smart lights can now be easily controlled via voice. The Sylvania smart lighting, which uses the ZigBee Home Automation Standard, now offers direct voice control through the Osram LIGHTIFY® Gateway and Alexa-enabled devices such as the hands-free, voice-controlled speaker Amazon Echo.
Osram says that the combination of LIGHTIFY and Alexa voice control and Amazon Echo with Sylvania smart lights helps enable the Smart Home for the general public. In addition to being able to control your lighting, Amazon Echo connects to Alexa to instantly play music, provide news, information, weather, sports scores, and more.
Osram notes that the LIGHTIFY Gateway now works directly with Alexa-enabled products. Alexa offers an easy way for consumers to interact with their Smart Home, turning lights on and off and dimming them just by speaking voice commands.
Alternatively, for those that want a broader Smart Home experience, Osram points out that Sylvania smart lighting products continue to work directly with leading home automation systems that can integrate with Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo for additional features and product control including sensors, locks, and thermostats.
“Voice enables incredibly simple and magical experiences,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Alexa Smart Home. “Imagine being able to walk in your front door and have your house listen for your request to turn on the lights – now that’s a reality. We’re excited to add SYLVANIA smart lights to the list of Alexa-enabled lights – we think customers will love this experience.”
Aaron Ganick, who heads up the Smart Home Americas business unit at LEDVANCE points to the results of the recently published Sylvania Socket Survey to explain why they company wanted to add voice commands.
“According to our recently published SYLVANIA Socket Survey, which is a nationwide measure of public attitudes about energy-efficient lighting and awareness of lighting trends, most consumers think smart lighting will eventually replace regular light bulbs. More than half of consumers also believe smart lighting fits their lifestyle. However, few consumers have purchased smart lighting, suggesting that Americans see a trend coming but have not personally adopted it yet,” said Ganick. “That is why we are making it even easier for consumers to maximize the benefits of their Smart Home by offering voice control of their SYLVANIA smart lighting products using Alexa. Voice control helps create a more enjoyable and convenient experience at home.”
The combination of Sylvania smart lighting and Amazon Alexa gives consumers endless possibilities for lighting control and home automation. For example, a father cooking dinner for his family can ask Alexa to make the lights brighter so he can see what he is doing better. Then he can later ask Alexa to dim the lights to create the perfect ambiance for dining. In another example that Sylvania suggested, a person standing on a chair hanging decorations and busy preparing their home for a party can ask Alexa to turn on the outside lights for guests walking up to the door.
“Living in a Smart Home should not require an advanced technology degree, or need to be intimidating,” continued Ganick. “In order to bring the benefits of a Smart Home to the mass market, we need to simplify how consumers interact with our products which is why we are offering this capability with Alexa and Amazon Echo.”