GE Lighting launches first-ever smart home automation technology innovations—new smart switches and dimmers
The smart home market continues to grow with no sign of slowing down. The global smart home market was valued at USD 55.65 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 174.24 billion by 2025. Today, GE Lighting, a division of General Electric, unveiled industry-first innovations with the announcement of new smart switches and dimmers. In addition, the electric giant also announced the opening of its mobile app to third parties. The company is adding to its portfolio of smart home products including Smart Switch and two Hubless Dimmer models. The new Smart Switch controls ordinary and smart bulbs with touch, app, or voice—even when the switch is off.
The new advanced lighting switch and dimmer technologies, as well as new comfort, safety and security solutions, are designed to integrate and interact with existing C by GE products to provide an easy-to-use, improved and more complete smart home network.
According to the company, the new smart home lighting products will be available at retailers in early 2020. The other products that provide comfort, safety and security solutions, are scheduled to launch in retail stores later this year. These new products that extend beyond the lighting space can be operated through a single mobile application that is very simple to install, use and maintain.
“For nearly 130 years, GE Lighting has been a trusted brand and consumers continue to have confidence in the C by GE smart home products we offer,” says Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting. “As we expand our presence in the smart home, we’re committed to providing them with convenient products that exceed expectations.”
The three new innovations include: first-ever smart switch and dimmer technologies, wire-free products, and One App, Touch or Voice. The new C by GE Hubless Three-Wire Smart Switch and two Hubless Dimmer models are industry firsts. They do not require an additional product, such as a hub, to integrate with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice control. Unlike existing products, these innovations give more consumers access to smart home technologies as they can be installed and operated in most North American households, regardless of the age of the home.
The C by GE Wire-Free (battery powered) Dimmer seamlessly controls C by GE smart bulbs, switches and dimmers. The Dimmer can be placed on any wall using an easy-to-install and removable adhesive strip. This feature provides a simple way for consumers to add an additional location for controlling room lighting and gives consumers the ability to avoid working on electrical wiring in the home. In addition, a Wire-Free (battery powered) Motion Sensor and Wire-Free (battery powered) Remote Control will also be available to consumers, enhancing the smart home experience.
Multiple Benefits from One App, Touch or Voice
C by GE smart switches, bulbs and plugs that reside in a single room or throughout an entire home can now be wirelessly controlled by one app, one touch or through voice control using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
C by GE bulbs use advanced light-mixing technology augmented with sensors that replicate the feel of natural light throughout the day. Through the app, daily routines can be personalized to help people thrive and become their best selves through enhanced productivity and relaxation. The GE Lighting’s C by GE brand is part of the GE Lighting portfolio.