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New HomeKit products help bring smart lighting to your older home


Leviton's making it easier to add smart lighting to older homes.
Leviton's making it easier to add smart lighting to older homes.
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Leviton offered five new smart-home products in its Decora line Monday. Three of them help bring HomeKit-enabled smart lighting to older homes, which can be notoriously tricky: the Decora Smart No-Neutral Switch, Dimmer and required Wi-Fi Bridge.

The other two, for more modern abodes, are refreshes of the Decora Smart Motion Sensing Dimmer and Tamper-Resistant Outlet.

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Leviton Decora no-neutral products bring smart lighting to older homes

Leviton described the launch of the new HomeKit-supported products in a press release:

The latest devices increase smart lighting control opportunities for Leviton customers, including a new No-Neutral Switch and Dimmer for those living in older homes as well as two new 2nd Gen devices that are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Hey Google, and HomeKit/Siri to address and support user voice assistant preferences.

Older homes usually don’t have neutral wiring in the electrical wall box, which becomes a thorny issue when you try to retrofit to add smart lighting. Leviton aims to make things easier by offering a new Switch, Dimmer and Anywhere Companion (a wall-mountable switch) that all function via a small Wi-Fi Bridge.

Given those, you can use existing bulbs and skip having to rewire electrical boxes or lighting fixtures. One Decora Smart Wi-Fi Bridge supports up to 25 No-Neutral devices and covers 2,500 square feet. See more details here.

Various bundles available

At Amazon, you can buy the No-Neutral Switch and Bridge Kit for $64.98 or the Dimmer and Bridge Kit for $69.98. Other available bundles include a wire-free switch that you can mount anywhere. If you have the required $19.99 Bridge, the Switch sells by itself for $44.99 and the Dimmer costs $49.99.

Decora Smart Motion Sensing Dimmer and Tamper-Resistant Outlet

In addition to the No-Neutral products, Leviton updated its HomeKit-enabled Smart Motion Sensing Dimmer and Tamper-Resistant Outlet. They both need neutral wiring, so they’re for more contemporary homes.

The Motion Sensing Dimmer offers ambient light sensing, presets for nighttime, a built-in light guide and motion-snooze functionality. You can also use it as a control mechanism for other smart switches and HomeKit automations.

In addition, the Tamper-Resistant Outlet works with loads of up to 15A and is ideal for lamps, fans, small appliances, holiday lighting and more. It’s a built-in smart outlet, not something that sticks out of the wall. And it comes with built-in tamper resistance.

You can buy both products at Amazon. The Decora Smart Motion Sensing Dimmer costs $49.99 and the Tamper-Resistant Outlet goes for $34.99.


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