GE Debuts New C by GE HomeKit-Compatible Smart Wall Switches, Full Color Lights and Accessories

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    GE Lighting recently announced an expansion to its C by GE portfolio, introducing a number of new HomeKit-compatible smart wall switches, full color lights, and accessories.

    All of the below products will be rolling out across 2019, starting with the first quarter of the year. To use these products with HomeKit, the C-Reach Hub, introduced last year, is required.

    Full Color LED Bulbs

    C by GE is gaining colored LED bulb options, which will provide millions of colors along with tunable white colors, much like LIFX and Philips Hue.

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    There's a 60-watt equivalent A19 bulb, a BR30 for recessed lighting areas, and a custom-sized light strip. The new lighting products can be controlled via an app or through Siri with the required HomeKit hub.

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    Smart Switches

    GE is adding several smart switches, designed to let users turn on, off, and dim any brand incandescent, halogen, CFL, or LED bulb.

    There are multiple options available, from a basic smart on/off switch to a dimmer switch with motion detection and an ambient light sensor.

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    For those who have C by GE smart bulbs, GE says that the smart switches allow for full control of the bulbs even when the switch is off, eliminating the inability to control smart bulbs when a light switch is turned off by kids or visitors.

    Smart Wall Plug and Motion Sensor

    C by GE is gaining a new smart wall plug, which is designed to make any appliance or device that's plugged into it controllable via an app or Siri.

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    There's also a new battery powered motion sensor coming that is designed to detect motion and ambient light to control lighting based on movement and light within a room.

    All of the C by GE products are compatible with Amazon Alexa, HomeKit, and Made for Google, though as mentioned before, HomeKit integration requires a hub.

    Article Link: GE Debuts New C by GE HomeKit-Compatible Smart Wall Switches, Full Color Lights and Accessories
     
  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    That is easily the ugliest smart light switch I've ever seen.
     
  3. MDF314159265 macrumors regular

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    Agreed. Someone let engineering all over this with “0” outside intervention.

    GE is late to the game with nothing to differentiate from their competition. A game changer for them could have been a “hubless” system.
     
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    FIFY.
     

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  6. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a

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    When are these smart lighting companies gonna start making good bulbs that are brighter than 60 W equivalent? Drives me nuts that for the two dozen Hue lights in my home, I can’t get anything higher than 800 lumens.
     
  7. jettredmont macrumors 68030

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    Ugly as sin, but one of the only HomeKit-capable (even though it requires a clunky hub) switches with motion sensing. Plus it has a dimmer, which has been the main thing holding me back from getting the ecobee switch for my home office. Haven’t seen any others with motion sensing and a dimmer, at least not from reputable brands.
     
  8. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    All of the switches and outlets in my house came light ivory. The biggest issue with most of the smart switches is they come in white, sometimes ivory.
     
  9. Shawd23 macrumors newbie

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    They are hubless if you have a Google home, homehub or Home Mini. The last gen worked without a hub out of the box with the Google assistant.
     
  10. Nozuka macrumors 68020

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    i don't like smart devices that require a hub. if you want to buy devices from several brand, you'll have a house full of hubs...

    Others manage to do it without a special hub.
     
  11. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    Humm... a wall plug with motion sensor. Need one for the office so that when the boss walks buy a light goes on. :cool:
     
  12. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

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    Somebody did the HAL 9000 visual sensor as a light switch?
     
  13. Defthand macrumors 6502a

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    Cost?
     
  14. MDF314159265 macrumors regular

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    Hubless without google. Not a google home here. All eggs are in the  basket here...:oops:

    <$49 (US)/color bulb? GE? Doubt it.
     
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    No—I just photoshopped it in. I'm not sure if that big, round spot on the GE one is the primary action button or what—but all I see when I look at the design of the switch is the circle in the middle of the big rectangle. It may be "smart" but let's hope it's not HAL smart.
     
  16. ateslik macrumors regular

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    does anybody know how big the inside is on these? I just bought some idevice switches and while they are really great I can’t put them everywhere because the inside the wall part is YUUUUGE! Two switches in one box is just not possible.
     
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    The smart dimmer switch with a motion sensor is interesting. I recently added a bunch of “non-smart” Lutron occupancy dimmers to my house because I couldn’t find any smart dimmers with motion sensors built in. On the bright side, they match the style of my Lutron Caseta smart switches. The Lutron occupancy dimmers are fantastic, and the motion sensors in them blow away every other motion sensor I’ve tried, but they can only turn on to a preset or the last used brightness, or not turn on if there’s enough ambient light. It would be nice to be able to have the lights come on 100% during the day, and dimmed at night, which hopefully you can do with these GE ones. I doubt the motion sensor will be as good as the Lutron non-smart ones though. Lutron puts some type of wizardry in them that can detect the tiniest of movements, so my lights never turn off on me while I’m pooping even though I only set the motion timeout to 1 minute and take REALLY long poops while reading on my phone. I tried Philips Hue Motion sensors for this and they couldn’t detect small movements at all... more like major movement detectors.
     

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