Smart light switches are a great addition to your smart home, especially when they support voice control. But a voice assistant in every room means something to connect and take up space. Leviton's $ 1
Building a starter smart home is not that difficult. Start with a few smart lights, smart plugs and a voice assistant and you are on your way to the races. But the more you add, the more space and outlets it needs for those gadgets.
Leviton's Smart Voice Dimmer solves that problem in one handy package. Replace your stupid light switch with a Smart Voice Dimmer and you have added smart control of your lights and Alexa to the room in one go.
Just like most smart switches, you need neutral wires in the light switches box. And although the speaker that is built into the dimmer is probably great for news and weather reports, it will probably not function as your music solution.
Thanks to the Wi-Fi component, it does not need a separate hub for smart operation and you can operate the switch via IFTTT or the Leviton app (for Android and iOS). The app gives you access to planning functions, scenes and dimming options. Like all smart dimmer switches, you need dimmable light bulbs if you want to prevent flickering.
The Smart Voice Dimmer is available today on Amazon and in selected stores such as Home Depot.
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Leviton's other big announcement today is for fans of … well, fans. If you have a special fan switch (that is, it looks like a light switch but only controls a fan), Leviton's new Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller should get your attention.
The Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller replaces your standard fan switch, and as the name suggests, your fan can be turned on and off, along with switching between four-speed options. But you also get smartphone access via the My Leviton app (Android and iOS), voice control via Alexa or Google and planning options.
Like other smart switches, you need neutral wires in the box of your fan to feed the fan controller. But fortunately this switch also eliminates the need for a hub thanks to Wi-Fi.
You can buy the Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller today at Amazon and at retailers such as Home Depot.
We have asked for review units and will give more details if we have had the opportunity to do some testing.