General interest press
Since September 2017, Smart+ has been the name for LEDVANCE’s entire new generation of smart lighting products for end users. These replace the products, which LEDVANCE had previously marketed under the name of Lightify. At Light + Building, the leading LED lighting company will showcase the latest members of its intelligent Smart+ product family. LEDVANCE will introduce both a greatly extended, dedicated ZigBee portfolio – using the Zigbee 3.0 wireless standard – and also innovations specifically for Apple HomeKit. Assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri allow easy control of the products via voice commands – and in the case of Apple and Amazon without the need for additional gateways.
Up until now, Smart+ included a Classic A lamp and a flex strip for control via Apple HomeKit. During 2018, this family will be extended by several lamps, luminaires and components, including dimmable LED filament lamps, luminaires for indirect light, and the Outdoor Flex Multicolor luminaire.
For smart home systems that use ZigBee, LEDVANCE will launch an expanded portfolio of dimmable lamps and products for outdoor use. In addition to a complete series of multi-color decorative outdoor lights for mounting on walls or bollards, LEDVANCE will also present an “Outdoor Plug”, which is a controllable outdoor socket that allows for even more control of outdoor devices like strings of lights or fountains.
While users of the Smart+ products for Apple HomeKit have been able to control key functions of their lights without the need for an additional gateway, this now also applies to the ZigBee products in conjunction with Amazon Echo Plus. Since ZigBee functionality is already integrated in this Amazon system, users can directly connect Smart+ products to the Amazon Echo Plus without another interface enabling even simple routines like for instance a wake-up light mode or schedules, such as having the light go on or off at a specific time
To maximize convenience for the users, they can use voice commands to control their Smart+ products – “Alexa” in the case of Amazon for the ZigBee portfolio or “Siri” for the Apple HomeKit-compatible products.
Another new feature contained within ZigBee products from LEDVANCE, which will become available during 2018, is invisible from the outside: the update to the ZigBee 3.0 standard. It improves security and interoperability between various devices within the entire smart home system.
With Smart+, LEDVANCE offers end users a new generation of intelligent products that are compatible with many major smart home platforms. They replace the products, which LEDVANCE had marketed so far under the name of “Lightify”. Official partner systems of Smart+ for the ZigBee range in Europe currently include Amazon Echo Plus, Samsung SmartThings (thus far available in the UK within Europe) and Qivicon (installed in Telekom Magenta Smart, Vattenfall Smart and EinfachSmart). The products will also continue to work with the OSRAM Lightify system. The plan for the near future is to form further partnerships, continuously improving the compatibility of the products.
Not to forget: Smart+ products’ capabilities make them great tools to bring down users’ energy bills, in addition to their long-rated life and steady light output, which come with the high quality standards of LED lighting specialist LEDVANCE.
LEDVANCE continues to use the OSRAM product brand for its Smart+ products.
You can find more information on the products here: https://smartplus.ledvance.com/