There are quite a few wall switches that support Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system, but Aqara on Tuesday unveiled two that should catch the eye of anyone with an older home. Unlike virtually all competitors, these don’t require a neutral wire, something that exists primarily in newer buildings.
These switches make any ceiling fixture smart. They can be controlled via an iPhone or Siri commands from anywhere.
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Switch to HomeKit
Aqara plans two versions of its HomeKit light switch. A single-rocker one costs $39.99, while a double-rocker version is $44.99.
And there’s an extra complication. These accessories require a Aqara Hub ($59.99) to function. That’s in addition to the hub required by HomeKit itself.
Both Aqara switches are scheduled to debut May 20, 2020.
Other HomeKit accessories from Aqara
This company also began offering a range of other home-automation products with HomeKit support. That includes a simple Smart Plug to automate a range of electrical appliances. And a Wireless Mini Switch can be placed anywhere to control snare home devices.
Plus, there’s a motion sensor ($22.99), a door-and-window sensor ($16.99) and a vibration sensor ($19.99). With HomeKit, the functionality of all these products can be combined to, for example, turn on the lights in a room when a sensor is triggered.
Light the wall switches, these other HomeKit accessories require an Aqara hub to work. This can control up to 32 other Aqara devices.