While its corporate future is still under review, GE says it is building a connected home strategy around outcome-driven, smart home lighting systems designed around real-world challenges and needs with opportunities for customisation by the user.
The portfolio, powered in part by a growing partner ecosystem, taps into new potential through easy-to-use, voice-centric lighting products for every room of the home.
“Imagine you have a hard time falling asleep, but also a hard time waking up. Your bedroom is a space for reading before bed and folding clothes, and it’s always cold. Imagine if lighting could optimize that environment and solve for those challenges and needs,” says Jeff Patton, General Manager Connected Home Products, GE Lighting. “We will get you there through lighting solutions paired with voice, sensors and other technology that you can use on their own or in combination across the home.”
The full C by GE portfolio will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. The company also will partner with trusted, outcome-specific partners to drive additional value and enable homes where lighting is much more than light. The 2018 C by GE range will include several all-in-one lighting industry firsts:
Smart Ceiling Fixtures (above) The industry’s first voice-integrated ceiling fixtures allow you to extend the reach of smart lighting and voice experiences throughout the home, whether that’s listening to music, completing voice-driven tasks or changing your white light based on needs or tasks in a room. No need for a separate stand-alone voice device from an individual provider – these ceiling fixtures build that all right in and hide it perfectly right into your room’s aesthetic. A flush mount and recessed can option will be available as part of the initial offering.
Smart Wall Switch (right) This voice-compatible smart switch allows you to control your connected lights (on/off, dim, warmer/cooler white light changes) with your voice and your preferred voice assistant; no separate GE hub is required. A built-in antenna ensures electricity can always be accessed, thus eliminating the chance of kids or visitors accidentally flipping a wall switch and disabling control of smart lighting. Advanced occupancy, humidity and temperature sensors, and other sensors in the future, help you monitor your rooms in real time to create the optimal environment. The solution also can be used to dim any non-connected bulbs a homeowner may have today without the need for a separate dimmer system or costly home rewire.
Sol Lamp Extensions The industry’s first lighting product to integrate Amazon Alexa inside will have an ongoing programme of updates, including turning on Spotify and SiriusXM connectivity and Amazon’s Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) feature to allow syncing with other Alexa devices throughout the home.
C by GE Lamps Already compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, the C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs will get Apple HomeKit compatibility in the first quarter. With the recently released C-Reach bridge, C by GE bulbs can be controlled with Siri via the Apple Home app on iPhone or iPad (including away from home).