Serena has a lot of things going for it but the price will push these shades out of the range of many would-be customers, and the performance hiccups show room for improvement.
Lutron's Smart Bridge and related app work great, but the price is much too high for basic automated dimmer capabilities. If you plan to add other connected devices, its value will improve considerably.
The Lutron Smart Bridge offers DIY connected home builders the tools to command lights, shades, and thermostats via a mobile app.
As the first retail-ready HomeKit product, Lutron's kit is just the beginning of Siri-integrated smart home control, but it works so well that I can easily recommend it today for any iOS users interested in plug-in lighting and dimmer products.
The $230 Lutron kit, complete with Smart Bridge hub, two plug-in dimmer modules and two remote controls works like a charm.
Part of the Caseta Wireless system, the $149 Lutron Smart Bridge lets DIY smart home builders control lights, window shades, and Wi-Fi thermostats all through Android and iOS mobile apps.
The Lutron Serena Smart Shades give us voice control -- with Siri and Alexa -- over our blinds in the CNET Smart Home.
Exploring smart shades and blinds, and if they fit into a smart home.
Owners of the Echo smart speaker can now turn their Wink-compatible lighting products on and off simply by asking "Alexa"
With the introduction of new smart home gadgets that integrate directly with Apple's iOS, the HomeKit rollout has officially begun.