Lightwave intros Apple HomeKit support with second generation smart home range

posted on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 by Steve May

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Smart home specialist Lightwave has released a second generation range of products compatible with Apple HomeKit. Initially consisting of Hub, light dimmers and smart power socket, the components can be controlled within the Apple Home Kit app and by Siri voice commands, as well as through Lightwave’s own dedicated app, and by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Updates to this second gen line includes wire-free two-way switching and monitoring, built-in energy monitoring and colour changing LEDs to indicate status. The new Link Plus Hub (which retails for £130) connects to the Wi-Fi router, and acts as the hub for connectivity, allowing users to control their Lightwave lighting, heating, power and security products through voice control.

With connection to an Apple TV, owners can control Lightwave products from the office, hotel room or on the commute home. As standard with all Home Kit compatible products, Apple TV controls the remote functionality but is not required when accessing Lightwave products from the home Wi-Fi setup.

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The new 2-Gang Mains Socket replaces a standard twin-gang 13 Amp mains socket. Users can turning products on, off and schedule power remotely.​ It sells for £60. The second-gen Dimmer (£60 one gang, £100 two-gang) replaces existing single-gang light switches and fits standard UK single-gang back-boxes. As well as being able to programme lighting scenes, it features built-in energy monitoring and 2-way communication. 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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