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Editors' Choice: Lutron's light switches are a smart home standoutLutron Caseta in-wall dimmer switches are the best performing, most feature-rich smart switches you can buy, and they work with just about everything -- including Apple HomeKit and Amazon's Alexa.
[MUSIC] Hey I am here in the Smarthome, to show you what I think is some of the best connected home tech that money can buy. it's the lutron caseta in wall dimming switch. Over the course of a couple months of testing here at the smarthome, the Lutron switches have been exceptional. they have worked with everything we have tested them with. They have always been reliable, the lights have come on when we wanted them The integrations have all worked. You can control them using voice commands. They're just very, very smooth, reliable nice smart phone gadgets. Now unlike some other smart switches, the [UNKNOWN] switches don't use wi-fi radios. Instead, they communicate using the [UNKNOWN] clear connect signals, a proprietary language that they use Used. For that reason, you'll need to have a Lutron Bridge plugged into your router to act as translator. But it's easy to set up and everything works really well. Aside from turning things on and off at the switch, you can use Siri voice commands because these are Apple HomeKit compatible lights. You can say, Siri, turn the kitchen lights off or turn the pantry light off here. You can say, turn all the downstairs lights off. All of that will work if you program it in the app. Other useful integrations include Wink and If. And also the nest learning thermostat which you can control right from the Lutron app. The same is true for popular smart thermostats from Honeywell and Eco Bee, compatibility is a huge strong point with Lutron. All in all Lutron's in wall dimming switches really check off all the boxes that I look for in a good smart lighting product. They work reliably well, they work with a wide variety of different products And services, and they have a very good set of features available right out of the box. With two switch starter kits that come with the bridge starting for about $190 and additional switches selling for about 60, they definitely don't come cheap. But they're still a worthy winner of CNET's editor's choice distinction and well worth saving up for if smart lighting is something that you're interested in.