Many products can be controlled in a smart home, but doing so often required the help of a home control hub. Sylvania does away with the hub completely by integrating all the smarts into a light bulb that can be controlled via Siri and Apple’s Home app. In addition, Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 bulb is HomeKit-enabled, which means it can be synched with other HomeKit devices, including thermostats, electronic door locks, and more.
“For more than a century, consumers have looked to the brand Sylvania for innovation, and this announcement represents another exciting advancement,” says Aaron Ganick, who heads up the Smart Home Americas group at LEDVANCE. “For us, making the Smart Home a reality for consumers is all about quality products and strong partnerships with leaders in the industry. By working with Apple to provide smart lighting that works directly with the Home app, we’re making it easier for Apple enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate quality lighting into their Smart Home, bringing convenience and simplicity to their daily lives.”
In addition to using the Home app, you can control your lights using voice commands with Siri. For those times when you are away from home, Apple has also made it possible to control HomeKit-enabled products like the Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 bulb using an Apple TV or iPad running iOS 10 as a home hub. This allows consumers flexibility when deciding how to control their HomeKit-enabled products. You can also set lighting scenes and combine activities with other HomeKit-enabled devices to create custom experiences through the Home app. For example, turning on the lights, unlocking the front door and turning on the heat can be accomplished simply by speaking voice commands to Siri such as, “I’m on my way home.”
The HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb will be available on Amazon in early 2017 in the US. LEDVANCE is also looking to expand products that are compatible with HomeKit throughout 2017.