Apple HomeKit lights up with Leviton
Leviton released the Decora Smart product offering with support for Apple HomeKit, allowing for customizable lighting control using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Siri.
This new family of products features three devices including 600 Watt and 1000 Watt in-wall dimmers, as well as a 15 Amp switch with multi-way capability. These dimmers and switches are wireless and individually HomeKit-enabled, requiring no centralized hub or bridge to coordinate the accessories throughout the home.
Leviton’s Richard Westfall described the new product as an easy-to-install and easy to use.
"The innovation behind Decora Smart with HomeKit makes controlling lights efficient and flexible by leveraging only an app or your voice with Siri,” said Westfall, VP and general manager of Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation. “Installation of these Decora Smart products is straight-forward too, making it easy for users to set up their iOS device with Wi-Fi. Plus, with no need for a hub or bridge, the HomeKit-supported solution is ideal for both existing and newly-constructed homes.”
The Apple HomeKit technology in these Leviton accessories provides an easy, secure way to control lights from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. Using Apple’s Home app or the free Leviton Decora Smart Home app, homeowners can facilitate distinctive lighting control settings such as fade rate, minimum/maximum brightness, bulb type selection and more to ensure the perfect atmosphere in every room. Homeowners can also use Siri to dictate whether a Leviton Decora Smart accessory is on/off or dimmed/brightened, and can even control scenes that include Decora Smart products.
Using Apple’s Home app or Leviton’s Decora Smart Home app, Decora Smart accessories can be grouped into rooms and zones, such as a home’s first floor or outdoor area, which helps to simplify control for the user. Multiple accessories can also be set up to work together as scenes, such as “Good Morning” or “Movie Night,” which can be enabled using the Home app, The Control Center Home card in iOS or Siri. The Home app can even allow for the setup of automations, so Decora Smart accessories or scenes can run automatically based on location, time of day or separate accessory action.
The product also introduces a new look. The dimmer hardware features a dim/bright bar placed vertically alongside the on/off rocker paddle while the vanishing LEDs on the left side of the paddle show current and target light levels with real-time feedback. Both white and light almond faceplates are included with the in-wall devices, and color change kits are available in black, red, ivory, gray and brown. Optional screwless Decora wallplates are also available.
Nu-Wood delivers color out-of-the-box
Syracuse, Ind.-based Nu-Wood is promoting its polyurethane decorative trim products in several ways.
Most recently, the company points to its Classic Color Program. This program is described as a “time-saving painting service” and a Nu-Wood exclusive. Through it, customers can order pieces factory painted in northern Indiana with any color in the Sherwin-Williams rainbow. The program delivers products primed and colored out of the box and ready to install.
Beyond color, Nu-Wood promotes itself as a wood alternative that won’t rot. The Nu-Wood can replicate the look and feel of wood, but with the advanget of a polyuretane product — it won’t chip, peel or crack.
It’s lightweight and easy to handle. And it’s made in the USA.
Nu-Wood is a division of Jasper Plastics.
With operations in northern Indiana for the past 30 years, Nu-Wood manufactures a variety of exterior and interior polyurethane pieces.