New Zuma Lumisonic speaker light works with Amazon Alexa

posted on Thursday, 13th May 2021 by Steve May

Smart home  Multi-room  lighting Design  Hi-fi 

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Smart lighting and network audio come together in Zuma, a new combination smart speaker and low energy LED light.

Devised by British industrial designer and entrepreneur Morten Villiers Warren, in partnership with acoustic engineer Laurence Dickie, the Lumisonic speaker light is designed to be easy to install, and provides both wireless and clutter free audio, with circadian rhythm and mood lighting.

The accompanying Zuma app features a series of Wellbeing features that enable users to play atmospheric soundscapes with sympathetic lighting tones. Once installed, you can give any bathroom the calming ambiance of a spa, or connect a Peloton via Bluetooth to create the feel of a spin class studio. The Zuma supports Alexa voice control at launch.

Alternatively, users can simply listen to a talking book with appropriate mood lighting. With multiple Zuma lights in a ceiling, users can configure their colour tuneable lights to create an immersive audio experience.

Zuma Lumisonic Light

The 90CRI (555 lumen @ 3000K, 574 lumen @ 5000K) light works with Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth BLE v4.2, Internet Radio and Works with Alexa. It supports both Ethernet (10/100Mbps) and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Power output is rated at 75W. Each light features a stereo driver configuration, with DSP-optimised sealed acoustic system. File support covers WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC (up to 24bit/192kHz).

As sound is projected vertically from the ceiling, it’s neither blocked by furniture or absorbed by furnishing. The result, says the manufacturer, is a more atmospheric experience.

The Zuma roadmap will allow users to expand the capabilities of the devices to include motion sensors, smoke alarms and security systems to the device.

Drawing on its industrial design pedigree, the Zuma team has developed a patented spring blade mechanism which enables quick and easy installation and removal. This allows a Zuma light to be enhanced with sensors to support additional services and applications across security, presence detection, environmental monitoring and other wellbeing applications.

The technology clearly has significant appeal to property developers, custom installers, architects and interior designers on the look-out for a cost-effective way to integrate smart home technologies into projects.
A selection of round and square bezels with different and flush mounting options will be available at launch.

Zuma’s Lumisonic speaker light is priced at £375 (excluding VAT), per unit. A companion Luminare (light only) product will be available in the summer, priced at £125. More info at www.zuma.ai

Morten Warren, founder and CEO of Zuma said: “This is a game changer in the way that we listen to music, watch films, or simply relax. There are many smart products on the market today that do one thing – be that audio, or lighting or security - they don’t integrate with each other easily, if at all. Our vision is that through consolidating these core applications into a single integrated platform people can easily transform their living spaces in imaginative ways.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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