Homeowners who own lighting products made by a Greater Lehigh Valley manufacturer now have the option of controlling them without even being home.
Lutron Electronics of Upper Saucon Township said it partnered with Google Home to allow homeowners to control their Lutron Caseta Wireless, Radio RA 2 and HomeWorks QS lighting systems using the Google Assistant. The device gives users the option of hands-free help controlling their lights in their connected home, even if the user is out of town on vacation.
Google Assistant will work with Lutron’s Caseta Wireless system, which the company launched Tuesday and the Radio RA and HomeWorks QS, which will be available in June.
Google Home has a voice-enabled speaker powered by Google Assistant. Users can also ask Google Assistant if a particular light is on in the house and the Google Assistant will respond and react in real time.
“That’s a little bit of a unique differentiator,” said Neil Orchowski, product development manager- strategic alliances at Lutron Electronics.
“We’ve been creating strategic alliances with leading brands working along with Google to enable the Google Assistant,” Orchowski said.
Google Assistant is also accessible on Pixel, a phone by Google and select Android phones and Android Wear, which allows homeowners the ability to control their lights while outside the home, he said. Lights can be turned off and on and dimmed or brightened with Google Assistant, which provides several options for customers, he said.
“Along with working with great brands in the industry like Google, we’ve seen voice-activated lighting control to be a popular feature our customers have been asking for,” Orchowski said.
People want to use voice-command to control their lighting for a variety of reasons, he added. The device can be used when people are entering the home carrying bags of groceries or walking down to the basement. It also can be for the aging in place community and homeowners who may have difficulty getting up to turn lights on or off, he said.
“It’s about making the experience in your home more enjoyable, more convenient,” Orchowski said. “It’s definitely growing in popularity.”