Home automation has been a growing trend throughout the past couple of years, and it only seems to become a bigger deal as more and more consumers are adopting IoT (Internet of Things) devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
However, setting up IoT devices can get pretty complicated in just a short amount of time, as there are a ton of manufacturers offering products that only work with certain platforms. That’s where GE comes in, as the company wants to simplify options available to consumers by bringing in their own branded products, which range from smart ceiling fixtures, wall switches, and even lamps.
The company is announcing the C by GE series of connected lighting products, in which according to GE, is the industry’s first voice-integrated ceiling fixtures that hides all of the IoT connectivity into a flush mount or recessed can option. GE is also releasing a smart wall switch, which supports voice control to control connected lights, such as turning them on or off, changing the color temperature of the light, or dimming them. Interestingly, GE is not requiring a separate hub for the wall switch to work.
GE is also packing in Amazon Alexa functionality with their Sol lamp extensions. These devices by GE can sync with other Alexa-enabled devices around your house, while also managing other services such as your light system, controlling music through Spotify and SiriusXM, and other services.
GE is also bringing in HomeKit compatibility with the C-Life and C-Sleep smart bulbs that work via the C-Reach bridge. HomeKit compatibility means that you can use Siri on an iPhone or iPad and control your home system remotely.
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