Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market

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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: Key Players

Key players in the US dimmer switch market that provide box mounted switches are Lutron Electronics, Leviton, GE Lighting, Philips Lighting by Signify, Eaton and Honeywell International Inc. These companies have been added to the project spreadsheet.

Lutron Electronics

Leviton

  • Leviton offers dimmer switches for smart lighting, LED, and incandescent bulbs.
  • Leviton was chosen as a key player based on the fact that they have numerous dimmer switch products on the Amazon Best Sellers list for dimmer switches and their mention as a key manufacturer by Research Reports World.

GE Lighting

  • GE Lighting offers dimmer switches smart lighting, LED, CFL and incandescent lighting.
  • GE was chosen as a market leader based on the fact that they have numerous dimmer switch products on the Amazon Best Sellers list for dimmer switches, as well as the fact that they are mentioned as a key player in the global electrical switches market by Market Watch.

Signify (Philips Lighting)

  • Philips Lighting by Signify provides dimmer switches for smart lighting.
  • They were chosen as a key player based on the fact that they are included on the Amazon Best Sellers list for dimmer switches, as well as the fact that Philips is mentioned as a key player in the light control switches market by Markets and Markets.

Eaton

Honeywell International Inc.

Research Strategy

The research team chose a two-pronged approach for deciding on key players, in the absence of a pre-compiled list. First, the research team identified best-selling dimmer switches based on the Amazon best sellers list for that product. Then, the research team reviewed market reports finding overlapping brands (i.e. brands that were on both the Amazon best sellers list and in market reports). While the research team started with narrowly-focused market reports on just the dimmer switch market, based on the lack of overlapping brands, the research team also expanded to broader market reports, such as electrical switches and light control, with the logic that key players in these reports were likely to be key players in the dimmer switch market as well, based on how similar the markets described are.
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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: CL (1)

Lutron offers electronic dimmers as well as bluetooth control of dimmer switches through Apple's HomeKit. However, Lutron uses its trademark Clear Connect technology as the primary wireless communication for its dimmer switches. Leviton offers electronic and bluetooth control of dimmer switches. Both companies offer lighting switches for LED, incandescent, and halogen bulbs/lamps. These are outlined below and encoded in rows 3-6, columns C and D of the attached spreadsheet.

Lutron


Leviton

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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: CL (2)

The required data for GE Lighting and Philips Hue is presented in the attached google spreadsheet. Some highlights from the research are presented below.

GE Lighting

  • The box mounted dimmer switches that GE Lighting offers are called Smart Switch. They control ordinary and smart bulbs with touch, app, or voice, even when the switch is off. All switches are available in 3-wire (coming soon, according to the website) and 4-wire versions.
  • They are offered as motion combined with dimming, and dimming only, The motion combined with dimming have the following features: motion sensing, ambient light detection, dimming control, and a light ring indicator. The dimming only has the following features: dimming control, and a light ring indicator.
  • Both kinds of "Smart Switches" have the following installation options: they replace traditional single-pole switches, they have 3-way compatible without a travel wire, and they offer group multiple switches, even on different circuits.
  • GE Lighting is targeting its Smart Switch to owners of smart speakers and smart displays and consumers that are interested in smart homes. "For nearly 130 years, GE Lighting has been a trusted brand and consumers continue to have confidence in the C by GE smart home products we offer," says Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting. "As we expand our presence in the smart home, we're committed to providing them with convenient products that exceed expectations."

Philips Hue

  • Philips Hue brings traditional light control into the modern era with "Friends of Hue" smart light switches. Wireless, easy to install, and expertly designed, these smart switches are the perfect complement to Philips Hue.
  • The Aurora smart bulb dimmer locks a toggle light switch in the “on/up” position. That way, no one can accidentally turn the switch, and the Hue smart bulb functionality off.
  • The new smart light switches from RunLessWire allows consumers to put the final touch on their Philips Hue smart lighting setup. With innovative, elegant designs, these smart switches give control over all lights in the home.
  • "Phillips targets consumers that are not conservative and are not skeptics. It targets the consumers that are willing to try new and innovative products that Phillips comes up with. It mostly targets the younger generation who are more open to experimenting on new products and aims to satisfy them with the brand promise that Phillips tries to fulfill."

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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: CL (3)

Eaton and Honeywell offer electronic dimmers, Bluetooth dimmers, and are compatible with LEDs, halogen, and incandescent lamps. Complete information specific to box-mounted dimmer switches offered by Eaton and Honeywell has been populated in columns G and H of the attached spreadsheet.

Summary

  • Eaton's dimmers are available in high-end and low-end trims, multiple colors and styles, and in "single-pole and 3-way wiring configurations" for both residential and commercial use.
  • Eaton targets contractors, large enterprises with industrial units, MEP enterprises, healthcare and office facility managers, and homeowners.
  • Links to Eaton's (dimmer) creatives can be found here: link 1, link 2.
  • Honeywell offers easy-to-install and easy-to-use dimmers. Its Z-wave lighting series dimmer for home and light commercial applications is 3-way compatible and has a range of 150 ft.
  • Honeywell targets older millennial male homeowners and commercial establishments ranging from warehouses to offices.
  • Links to Honeywell's (dimmer) creatives can be found here: link 1, link 2.
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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: Trends

Two of the trends in the US dimmer switch market are voice-controlled smart lighting dimmer switches and wifi-enabled smart lighting dimmer switches. These two types of devices use different technologies for their functions.

Voice-Controlled Smart Lighting Dimmer Trend

  • Voice-controlled smart lighting is being installed in the US more frequently, now that dimmer switch products that can accept this technology are available. It is a trend that has increased since 2011, when Siri was introduced. Voice-controlled smart lighting using dimmer switches is part of the smart homes trend.
  • Dimmers & Switch Actuators are one of the segments of the intelligent/smart lighting controls industry.
  • An intelligent lighting control system is an automated technology that includes "multiple lighting fixtures connected in a network to control lighting."
  • According to ECMag, a publication for electrical contractors, "An increasing number of lighting control and home automation manufacturers now offer voice recognition as an input for their systems. Until now, smart lighting in the home was controlled using apps and [physical] devices such as keypads, dimmers, switches and sensors. With these [existing] methods, homeowners can operate and schedule their lighting. By using a system with a compatible virtual assistant app/device, users can now also control their lighting, shades, thermostats, audio/video, and other smart devices using voice commands."
  • Lutron was the first company to successfully mass-market a lighting dimmer switch, and the "first to successfully market systems of linked dimmers...."
  • Voice-controlled smart lighting controls are a trend for several reasons. First, the controls have been adopted as part of consumer and business efforts to reduce energy consumption. Second, reduced energy consumption is desirable because it results in a decrease in electricity costs. Third, dimmable bulbs' useful life is extended by running at lower power through dimmable switches, leading to reduced costs for bulb replacement. Fourth, voice-controlled smart lighting is a novelty that people enjoy.
  • According to AlliedMarketResearch.com, "The end users of intelligent lighting controls include commercial buildings, residential buildings, and public utilities. Commercial buildings constitute around 58 percent share of the overall market revenue."
  • One of the companies leading the industry in voice-controlled lighting using dimmers is Lutron, whose "light control products range from individual dimmers to total light management systems that control entire building complexes." Three examples of large "Lutron light control systems in the US include the 52-story New York Times Building in New York; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando."
  • Other uses of voice-controlled Lutron dimmers can be seen in "hotels, restaurants, retail stores, conference facilities, educational facilities, hospitals, museums, and public spaces."
  • The key intelligent lighting controls industry leaders in addition to Lutron are Leviton, WeMo, Acuity Brands, Cisco, Cree, Inc., Eaton, GE Lighting, Honeywell, OSRAM, Panasonic Corporation, Philips, and Siemens.
  • The lighting industry has been positively affected by voice-control technology. Smart lighting using voice-controlled dimmer switches appeals to consumers as a convenient, new way to manage their home lighting. Suppliers emphasize its advanced control capabilities, including voice control and the products’ "compatibility with smart home speakers, hubs, and apps for smartphones, as well as color temperature and light color options that can be customized to suit different activities." These advantages lead to increased industry sales.
  • Examples of companies producing these switches include WeMo, Lutron, Levitron, GE. Reviews of the best products are found here and here.
  • Penetration of the market by light control devices was measured by Statista at 31 percent of Americans owning a light-control device in 2017. By 2023, Statista predicts that "around 502 million smart lighting devices will be installed in the United States."
  • According to Statista, smart homes in the US have increased in numbers from 22.1 million smart homes in 2017 to 40.5 million in 2020, and numbers of smart homes are projected to reach 60.4 million by 2023.
  • Millennials are currently the heaviest users of voice assistants, "but voice assistant use is growing among all age groups, including children, teens and seniors." According to eMarketer, 35.8 percent of Millennials reported using voice-enabled digital assistants in 2017, "... compared to just 10.1 percent of baby boomers."

Wifi-Enabled Lighting Dimmer Switch Trend

  • Americans are installing technology in their homes that is connected to WiFi so that they can control lighting and other things in their home remotely, including lighting dimmer switches.
  • Wireless smart lighting controls are a new segment of the dimmer switch market.
  • A smart dimmer switch is like a normal switch installed on a wall to control lighting, a fan, or an outlet. But the owner gets the ability to control the switch with a smartphone through an app. This allows an owner to turn on a device from a "phone, set schedules, and tie the lights together with other smart devices in [the] home." For example, if an owner connects a smart doorbell with a switch or plug through IFTTT, when someone rings the doorbell the lights will turn on automatically.
  • Wifi-enabled smart dimmer switches are a trend because they appeal to homeowners' desire for security and convenience. "These devices not only provide safety and security while [the owner is] away, they can help ... monitor energy usage and help cut costs on ... lighting bills. By connecting the products with [the owner's] mobile app, [the owner] can control ... lighting (or plugged-in devices) from [a] mobile device with a few simple taps."
  • An example of a wifi-enabled switch is the WeMo Dimmer Light Switch. This device lets the owner control plugged-in devices from anywhere. The owner can control it from the wall, from the WeMo app, and even by using voice through Alexa.
  • Another example of a wifi-enabled lighting control switch is the Leviton 'Decora' smart WiFi dimmer switch. This device is an advanced Internet of Things item that gives residents a way to stay connected to the lighting system in their living spaces. "The switch features built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant connectivity, which will allow users to set schedules, prompt changes as required and more. The accompanying app will allow users to fine-tune the functionality to suit their specific needs or the schedule of the family." It can be integrated with Google Assistant as well as IFTTT programming.
  • A new entry in the wifi-enabled lighting control market is Signify that expanded its smart home lighting offering in the United States in 2019 with a new system. "In addition to Bluetooth- and Zigbee-based smart lighting with Philips Hue, Signify's offering now includes Wi-Fi-enabled lighting that works with the WiZ Connected ecosystem..." using "the easy-to-use WiZ app on a smartphone or tablet and [the] home's Wi-Fi network — no wiring or additional equipment is required."
  • There are also wifi-enabled lighting dimmer controls for outdoor lighting.
  • The wifi-enabled dimmer switches have impacted the lighting market by expanding the control options available to buyers for residential, commercial, and outdoor uses.
  • Companies operating in this market include WeMo, GE, Leviton, and Philips.
  • Penetration of the market by light control devices was measured by Statista at 31 percent of Americans owning a light-control device in 2017. By 2023, Statista predicts that "around 502 million smart lighting devices will be installed in the United States."
  • According to Statista, smart homes in the US have increased in numbers from 22.1 million smart homes in 2017 to 40.5 million in 2020, and numbers of smart homes are projected to reach 60.4 million by 2023.

Research Strategy

Our team was able to locate most of the information requested for this project. However, we did not find market figures provided separately for voice-controlled dimmer switches and wifi-enabled lighting dimmer controls. It appears that the market penetration of these devices is grouped with all smart lighting controls. We searched for annual reports for WeMo and Leviton to try to determine the sales success of their wifi-enabled lighting switches, but found that WeMo is a private company and Leviton did not release an annual report to the public. Information from Bloomberg, Dun&Bradstreet, and Owler did not provide a route to locating information on Leviton revenues.


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Box Mounted Dimmer Switch Market: Consumer Desires

Three features consumers consider when purchasing dimmer switches are the control style of the switch, the dimming amount and settings, and if the dimmer is a single or multi-room device.

Control Style

  • One feature consumers look for when deciding which dimmer switch to buy is how the dimmer can be controlled. There are some dimmers that are controlled with a basic knob or slide, some via a remote control, and others via a Smart Home WiFi or Bluetooth system.
  • This is important to consumers because it determines how the dimmer will look in their home. For example, one Amazon customer stated that their dimer had a "nice aesthetic" and another consumer commented on the "modern" look of the dimmer.
  • One expert product comparison stated: "Whether you prefer a warm glow or a cool, drowsy hue, this dimmer switch lets you adjust the lighting in your home to the level of your choosing. Ironically, many of Philips’ happiest customers appreciate this fixture’s ability to be controlled via the wall unit itself — instead of by remote — thus bridging the gap between traditional wall switch and high-tech, remote controlled fixture."
  • This is especially important for Smart dimmers, because the control style must match with the buyers existing smart home platform.

Dimming Amount and Settings

  • A second factor that is important to buyers when choosing a dimmer is how much it will be able to dim the lights and if they can customize preset dimming levels. In short, consumers consider the level of control they will have.
  • The ability to fully dim the lights is important to some consumers. For example, one consumer stated "I have heard from many others that LEDs will not dim as low as incandescent bulbs, but with this combination the bulbs will dim all the way down to just a slight spark of light. The dimmer has a range adjustment switch on the side so that you can adjust how low the lights will dim with the slide all the way down, which is nice so you can set it so that the bulbs put out the minimum required light when the slider is all the way down, and they won't go completely off without actually turning off the flip switch below the slider."
  • Other consumers desire the ability to customize preset dimming modes. One expert product comparison highlights this feature: "With a variety of additional special features such as auto-shutoff, home vs. away mode and customizable settings that auto-adjust depending on the time of day, this fixture is a veritable must-have for aesthetically-oriented homeowners everywhere."

Single vs Multi-Room

  • This is important to consumers as some want to control the lights from multiple locations. For example, one consumer states: "You just have to love the ability to control a single dimmer circuit from up to 10 locations ..... I bought this as an extra dimmer controller as part of a project to upgrade a 4-way switch setup to a 4-way dimmer set-up — that means I can control a single dimmer circuit from 3 different locations, all adjusting the same dimmer setting in the same way."
  • Other consumers want to be able to control many lights from one dimmer switch, as this expert product comparison describes: "Many LED dimmer switches are only wired to control the lighting in a single room, but others are equipped to change the lighting in multiple rooms with the press of a button. If you opt for a multi-room option, you’ll need compatible dimmer switches in several rooms—and the electrical setup can be a little trickier—but you can set the mood in an instant or bring the lights to full brightness easily."

Research Strategy

The research team identified important features by finding those mentioned by experts (such as this article on The Spruce) in product reviews and those mentioned by consumers in product reviews (such as these on Amazon). We assumed that if the features were mentioned by both types of reviews (consumer and expert) as either positive or negative, then that was a feature that customers consider when making a purchase.
Sources
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Quotes
  • "Glоbаl Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh Маrkеt Ву Туре (Rоtаrу Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, Рuѕh-Вuttоn Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, Тоuсh Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, аnd Аutоmаtіс Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh), Ву Аррlісаtіоn (Ноuѕеhоld, аnd Соmmеrсіаl), Ву Rеgіоn, аnd Кеу Соmраnіеѕ - Іnduѕtrу Ѕеgmеnt Оutlооk, Маrkеt Аѕѕеѕѕmеnt, Соmреtіtіоn Ѕсеnаrіо, Тrеndѕ аnd Fоrесаѕt 2019-2028 Source: https://market.us/report/dimmer-switch-market/"
  • "Ву tуре, thе mаrkеt іѕ ѕеgmеntеd іntо Rоtаrу Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, Рuѕh-Вuttоn Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, Тоuсh Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh, аnd Аutоmаtіс Dіmmеr Ѕwіtсh. Ву аррlісаtіоn, thе mаrkеt іѕ dіvіdеd іntо Ноuѕеhоld, аnd Соmmеrсіаl. Source: https://market.us/report/dimmer-switch-market/"
  • "Кеу Маrkеt Рlауеrѕ іnсludеd іn thе rероrt: GІRА GRОUРЕ АRNОULD Неіnrісh Корр GmbН Јung LАМР LІGНТІNG LЕVІТОN Lіghtіng LUТRОN ЕLЕСТRОNІСЅ R Наmіltоn & Со Ltd Rеtrоtоuсh Vіtrum VІМАR Аvе Вtісіnо Вuѕсh-Јаеgеr Еlеktrо СР Еlесtrоnісѕ СRЕЅТRОN ЕРV Еlесtrоnіс FЕDЕ Ваrсеlоnа Source: https://market.us/report/dimmer-switch-market/"
Quotes
  • "3.5 LAMP LIGHTING 3.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 3.5.2 Dimmer Switch Product Category, Application and Specification 3.5.3 LAMP LIGHTING Dimmer Switch Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin(2014-2019) 3.5.4 Main Business Overview 3.6 LEVITON Lighting 3.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 3.6.2 Dimmer Switch Product Category, Application and Specification 3.6.3 LEVITON Lighting Dimmer Switch Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin(2014-2019) 3.6.4 Main Business Overview 3.7 LUTRON ELECTRONICS 3.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 3.7.2 Dimmer Switch Product Category, Application and Specification 3.7.3 LUTRON ELECTRONICS Dimmer Switch Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin(2014-2019)"
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  • "Intelligent lighting control system is an automated technology, which comprises multiple lighting fixtures connected in a network to control lighting. Intelligent lighting control systems improve energy efficiency, performance, and customer value. These systems have numerous applications across diverse verticals, which include aircrafts, automobiles, home appliances, and many other systems."
  • "Smart lighting controls have been increasingly adopted in an effort to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, increase in awareness of energy management has fostered the growth of the global intelligent lighting controls market. In addition, government regulations on the use of energy-efficient products boost the growth of the market. However, installation cost and longer payback period of LED lights, have limited the growth of these systems. In future, the introduction of low-price sensors and plummeting prices of LED products would minimize the cost of installation; thereby, creating numerous growth opportunities for intelligent lighting controls market."
  • "According to intelligent lighting controls market analysis ,the intelligent lighting controls comprise different components that include sensors, ballasts & LED drivers, dimmers & switch actuators, microcontrollers, transmitters & receivers, and intelligent luminaries. The ballasts and LED drives segment is anticipated to garner the highest revenue during the forecast period. Whereas, intelligent luminaries segment would grow rapidly, registering a prominent CAGR, during the forecast period. The end users of intelligent lighting controls include commercial buildings, residential buildings, and public utilities. Commercial buildings constitute around 58% share of the overall market revenue. Commercial buildings segment comprises retail, hospitality, industrial, and others. The adoption of intelligent lighting controls systems is high in these sectors, owing to high electricity consumption and greater focus on energy management to cut down the electricity costs."
  • "According to the intelligent lighting controls market trends, North America was the highest revenue contributor, accounting for $2,616.4 million in 2019, and is estimated to reach $7,696.3 million by 2027, with a CAGR of 15.0%. "
  • "The significant factors impacting the growth of the global intelligent lighting controls market share include increase in penetration of LED bulbs and lightings globally and rise in government initiatives toward energy saving scheme. However, high initial installation cost of smart lighting controls system acts as the major barrier for early adoption; thereby, hampering the growth of the market. On the contrary, emerging smart city projects in developing economies and growing inclination toward energy-efficient lighting solutions are anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for the growth of the intelligent lighting controls market forecast."
  • "Segmentation The report segments the global intelligent lighting controls market size on the basis of type, connectivity type, application, and region. The type segment is analyzed across sensors, ballasts & LED drivers, microcontrollers, dimmers & switch actuators, transmitters & receivers, and others. By connectivity type, the market is bifurcated into wired and wireless. By application, it is divided into smart cities, automotive, manufacturing, media & entertainment and others. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA, along with its prominent countries. The key intelligent lighting controls industry leaders profiled in the report include Acuity Brands, Cisco, Cree, Inc., Eaton, GE Lighting, Honeywell, OSRAM, Panasonic Corporation, Philips, and Siemens. These key players have adopted strategies, such as product portfolio expansion, mergers & acquisitions, agreements, geographical expansion, and collaborations, to enhance their market penetration."
  • "High initial installation cost Smart lighting controls enable significant cost savings in the long run, but the initial cost of installation is high, resulting in longer payback period. Average payback period for installing intelligent lighting controls could be around 2-3 years, depending upon the type of solution. However, technological advancements as well as declining prices of microcontroller units, sensors, and other lighting components would eventually reduce the payback time;thereby, leading to a higher adoption in the coming years. "
  • "Global Intelligent Lighting Control Market Segmentation By Type Sensors Ballasts & LED Drivers Microcontrollers Dimmers & Switch Actuators Transmitters & Receivers By Connectivity Type Wired Wireless"
Quotes
  • "A dimmer switch is an electrical switch which is used to vary the brightness of compatible dimmable bulbs, allowing a desired level of illumination to be achieved often with the purpose of creating mood lighting. Further, this can also help to extend the life of the bulbs they are operating, which are run at lower power when the dimmer is set at a lesser ambience. Rise in construction and development activities fuel the demand for dimmer switch. Also, the increasing consumer demand for energy-saving lighting systems, convergence of IoT and lighting are the factors fueling the market growth. Some of the key players profiled in the study are Lite-Puter Enterprise (Taiwan), Leprecon (United States), ETC Lighting (United States), Schneider Electric (France), Eaton (Ireland), GE (United States), Insteon (United States), Lutron Electronics (United States), AmerTac (United States) and Legrand (France)."
  • "Market Trend Development of Advanced Dimmer Switches Recent Technological Developments of Dimmer Switch "
Quotes
  • "The Lutron story began in the late 1950s in Joel Spira’s makeshift lab in New York City. A young physicist fascinated by the aesthetic manipulation of light, Spira commandeered the spare bedroom in the apartment he shared with his wife, Ruth, and set out to invent a solid-state device that would enable people to vary the intensity of the lights in their homes. The very idea was radical. At that time, lighting control was a complicated and expensive affair, requiring bulky rheostats that used a lot of energy and generated a great deal of heat. Consequently, lighting controls were used primarily to dim stage lights in theaters. Most people would never think of having dimmers in their homes because they were just too difficult to install. That all changed in 1959, when Spira emerged from his lab with a solid-state dimmer that could replace the light switch in a standard residential wall box. Spira’s key technical innovation had been to replace the rheostat with a thyristor. A thyristor is a type of transistor, which had been invented a few years earlier. The substitution was effective because rheostats and thyristors worked in completely different ways. Rheostats dimmed lights by absorbing electrical energy into the rheostat, meaning that electricity was converted to heat in the rheostat rather than to light in the lamp. By comparison, thyristors dimmed the light by interrupting the power flowing to the lamp. The use of a thyristor shrank the size of a dimmer until it could fit into a standard wallbox. Spira’s dimmer also generated much less heat than a rheostat and used much less energy. By 1961, when Joel and Ruth Spira incorporated Lutron Electronics, they knew that lighting control could contribute to society in multiple ways. Dimmers were both elegant and useful, and they allowed people to control their lights as never before. Dimmers were practical too. They saved energy, and the more you used them, the more energy they saved. With energy costs already going up, the Spiras believed that the energy-saving aspects of the new invention would ensure the long-term appeal of lighting controls."
  • "Lutron was also the first to successfully mass-market the dimmer, the first to successfully market systems of linked dimmers, and is still the only company to create systems of dimmers and motorized window shades that control both electric light and daylight."
  • "Light Controls for Every Market Lutron light control products range from individual dimmers to total light management systems that control entire building complexes. Some of the larger Lutron light control systems in the US include the 52-story New York Times Building in New York; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando."
  • "On the commercial side, light controls are essential in hotels, restaurants, retail stores, conference facilities, educational facilities, hospitals, museums, and public spaces. Lutron light control systems beautify some of the world’s most prestigious public locations"
  • "No matter where they’re installed or how big the system, every Lutron product saves energy by reducing electrical consumption. Taken as a whole, Lutron light controls have reduced electrical use by 9.2 billion kWh, which reduces our customers’ electric bills by $1 billion annually."
  • "Lutron also protects the environment by decreasing the demand for light bulbs. Since dimmers extend lamp life, customers have to buy fewer bulbs, and that reduces the energy and environmental impacts associated with the manufacturing of fluorescent, incandescent, halogen, and other types of lamps."
Quotes
  • "As a relatively undeveloped market, smart lighting presents ample opportunity for gains as it is rapidly adopted in all major lighting markets – including smart homes, smart commercial buildings, and smart cities. Smart lighting appeals to consumers and professionals for a variety of reasons, including connectivity with the broader Internet of Things (IoT), the convenience of wireless and voice controls, and potential energy savings."
  • "While consumers can appreciate the energy-saving potential of smart lighting, their electrical expenses generally are not so high as to make reducing lighting consumption a top priority. Rather, smart lighting appeals to consumers primarily as a convenient, new way to interact with their home lighting. Suppliers can capitalize on consumer views of smart lighting as a convenience and a novelty by emphasizing its advanced control capabilities, including automated features, wireless control (including away-from-home), and voice control. Suppliers should also emphasize their products’ seamless compatibility with smart home speakers, hubs, and apps for smartphones, as well as color temperature and light color options that can be customized to suit different activities (e.g., watching a movie, settling down for sleep, getting out of bed)"
  • "This study analyzes the US market for smart lighting products. Segments covered include: smart light sources (i.e., smart light bulbs and linear tubes) smart lighting fixtures (i.e., smart LED-integrated fixtures) smart lighting controls (e.g., smart light switches and hubs)"
  • "For the purposes of this study, a lighting product is considered smart when it possesses: automated interactive capabilities (e.g., transmitting data to other synced smart devices) operations that can be controlled with a smart hub or speaker, an app on a smartphone or tablet, or a dedicated controller predictive analytics (e.g., the ability to learn and respond to changes in the environment) self-monitoring (e.g., of energy consumption rates or remaining service life)"
  • "Will the United States market see growth in this industry? Yes! The IoT market is booming and fueling robust growth for smart lighting and myriad other applications for smartdevices (e.g., smart home security and HVAC, quality control for manufacturing, municipal waste management). Reasons for the growth include smart lighting energy savings, analytical capabilities, lighting automation, and wireless and voice controls. Concerns that suppliers will need to address include security and privacy issues, interoperability of different devices, general user friendliness, and reliable connectivity."
  • "The US lighting industry’s rapid shift to LED light sources was spurred by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which required suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of their products. New efficiency standards first went into effect in 2012 and essentially mandated the phase-out of many traditional light sources – including most incandescent and halogen light bulbs. The law also encouraged the rapid development and adoption of LED lighting – even at the expense of other fairly efficient types, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and high intensity discharge (HID) light sources."
  • "Key sources consulted for this study include: BuildingGreen Consumer Technology Association DesignLights Consortium Illuminating Engineering Society Lighting Research Center National Electrical Manufacturers Association US Census Bureau US Census of Manufactures US Department of Commerce US Department of Energy US Green Building Council US International Trade Commission"
  • "The key feature that differentiates smart lighting from traditional lighting is two-way digital communication among lighting devices or between a lighting device and external controls, as opposed to the one-way, passive transmissions common in traditional lighting (e.g., remote controls, timers, and daylight and motion sensors). Unlike a traditional lighting device – which historically could be set up to passively receive digital signals associated with certain functions (e.g., on/off or brightness settings) – smart lighting devices can relay information (e.g., usage or energy consumption data) back to a controller (e.g., an app on a smartphone) or centralized control system."
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  • "What is a smart light switch or smart plug? A smart switch is like a normal switch that goes on your wall to control lighting, a fan, or a socket. However, you also get the ability to control the switch with your smartphone through an app. Smart plugs has similar functionality. This allows you to turn on the power from your phone, set schedules, and tie the lights together with other smart devices in your home. This can be useful if you connect a smart doorbell with a switch or plug through IFTTT so that when someone rings your doorbell it turns on the lights automatically."
  • "Why do I need a smart light switch or plug? These devices not only provide safety and security while you’re away, they can help you monitor energy usage and help cut costs on your lighting bills. By connecting the products with your mobile app, you can control your lighting (or plugged-in devices) from your mobile device with a few simple taps. It truly provides peace of mind, while protecting your home at the same time. You can see our ideas on using a smart outlet here. "
  • "The second Wemo on the list comes second on the list, which clearly earmarks this brand as one of the best in the industry. The Wemo Dimmer Light Switch is a great, easily accessible product that lets you control your plugged-in devices from anywhere – literally. Control it from the wall the old-school way, the Wemo app, and even your voice through Alexa. The Wemo is great in that it can sync with your schedule or you can manage devices and optimize on-the-fly."
  • "Why You Should Get It There are two major differences between this dimmable switch and the aforementioned Wemo switch as part of the smart wifi light switches and plugs; first, this switch offers a night mode, which is ideal for those with kids or older family members in the home. Second is – you guessed it – this device is dimmable!"
  • "Pros: No hub required for these smart wifi light switches Dimmable and night mode enabled In-wall switch, excellent for a modern home "
  • "Too dependent on Alexa these days? Well, you can now ask her to switch your lights on and off–even if your light bulbs aren’t smart. Yep, even if it’s ordinary incandescent, dimmable LEDs or halogen bulbs. Just use the Lutron Caseta Smart Switch to control them and connect to Alexa. You can also control the brightness of the bulb. Create a scene cozy enough for a movie night and bright enough for serious work. You can even add a sunrise/sunset schedule to make your lights automated. Why You Should Get It You should get this device if you want to keep your old, non-smart lights, and you want to automate them. You don’t need a smart bulb to have workable lighting automation. This smart switch will let you control your lights via Alexa, Google, Nest, and many other smart devices. Pros: Turns your non-smart bulbs into smart ones Works with Alexa, Google, Nest, HomeKit, Ecobee, Carrier Cor, Honeywell, Logitech, and more Connects up to 50 Lutron devices 15-minute easy install"
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  • "Already got a set of Philips Hue bulbs? Make them even more powerful with the Philips Hue Dimmer, which can be used wirelessly as a remote control or attached to your wall as a switch. The neat thing about this dimmer is that there’s no installation process, unless you count peeling off the adhesive covering. Setup is so easy that all you have to do is turn on the lights where your Philips Hue bulbs are installed, then immediately start using the Dimmer. There’s absolutely no interference between the Dimmer and your traditional wall switch. Got Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit? You can control the lights with voice commands. Keep in mind that a Philips Hue Bridge is required for anyone who uses a Philips Hue lighting system."
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  • "Dimmer Switches Ever wish your light wasn't so garish? Add a dimmer switch for variation in light level using compatible light bulbs. Tired of switching your outdoor lights on and off? A Dawn/Dusk control can switch them automatically based on how light it is outside. ##brand-paragraph## Find that happy medium between stumbling in the dark and a washed out movie screen with a well-controlled dimmer light switch. Lamp Dimmer Switch Lamp dimmer switches extend your lamp's functionality by giving you greater ambient light control. Look for a foot controlled lamp dimmer switch to easily turn on or off."
  • "Floor Lamp Dimmer A floor lamp dimmer switch gives you easy control of your light level. Floor lamps are the best application of dimmer switches. Be sure to find a foot slider control to make changing light level easier. Table Lamp Dimmer Table lamp too bright? Just add a table lamp dimmer switch! These sliders and switches make it easy to dim down the lights. Set the mood or wind down for the evening."
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  • "Lighting experts are unanimous in their praise of dimmers. "Dimming is the best way to get the most bang for your buck," says lighting designer Lana Nathe. "If you dim your lights 10 percent, you double the life of an incandescent bulb, and save energy too." Once reserved for dining room chandeliers, dimmers are increasingly common for every layer of lighting—ambient, task, and accent—in every room of the house."
  • "Replacing a standard toggle or rocker switch with a dimmer switch is a fairly simple project, within the ability of an electricity-savvy homeowner. With a small time investment, plus the $30 for the dimmer switch, a homeowner can quickly start saving in electricity cost and light bulb replacement, and create various moods by taking the brightness up or down."
  • "Most of the dimmers in households today were designed to work with incandescent light bulbs; when used with dimmable CFL or LED light bulbs, they often cause the light to flicker instead of dim gradually or stop dimming completely at the halfway point. Replace your existing switches and dimmers with products that work with newer light bulb technology. Lutron's "C.L Dimmers" series (C for compact fluorescent, L for LED), for example, is one such product."
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  • "Dimmer switches have been a trend for a while now; however, with a variety of dimmers and bulbs from which to choose, the benefits of dimmer switches have only increased. Dimmer switches work by reducing the amount of power that is circuited to a bulb, which, in return, reduces the brightness and overall power being used. Lighting may be adjusted in one fixture or in an entire room, using apps on smart devices and may even be scheduled for specific times of the day or days of the week."
  • "The Light Bulbs You Can Use with Your Dimmer Switches If you're unsure which bulbs you can use with your dimmer switches, here are several options: LED Light Bulbs According to ENERGY STAR, many LED bulbs are dimmable. With the increased energy efficiency and long life of LED bulbs, they are often a great choice for use in dimmable fixtures. Many ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs are dimmable. The packaging will indicate if an LED bulb is dimmable and will include a list of the types of dimmer switches that will work with the bulb. Incandescent Light Bulbs One of the most utilitarian bulbs, incandescent bulbs work with any dimmer switch on the market. Inside an incandescent bulb, electric currents move through a wire filament, which causes the filament, and therefore the bulb, to glow. However, if the voltage is too strong, these bulbs may burn out. A dimmable fixture is one way to conserve energy and increase the lifespan of an incandescent bulb. Fluorescent Light Bulbs When buying fluorescent light bulbs, it is important to pay close attention to the packaging. Many Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) will not work with dimmers. For individuals who choose to use CFLs, there are versions that may be used with dimmable fixtures. It is important to read labels for any bulbs purchased for use in dimmable lamps and fixtures. Also, not all dimmers are compatible with all dimmable CFL bulbs. It is important to hire a professional electrician to install dimmable fixtures and advise which bulbs may be used with it. While dimmer switches offer plenty of benefits and remain a stylish trend in the home, research and test different dimmer switches before choosing one."
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  • "The Leviton 'Decora' smart WiFi dimmer switch is an advanced Internet of Things device for the home that will provide inhabitants with a way to maintain connectivity with the illumination system within their living space. The switch features built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant connectivity, which will allow users to set schedules, prompt changes as required and more. The accompanying app will allow users to fine-tune the functionality to suit their specific needs or the schedule of the family."
  • "The Leviton 'Decora' smart WiFi dimmer switch requires no additional hub to be used, and also accommodates integration with Google Assistant as well as IFTTT programming. The built-in microphones and speakers allow users to use the voice assistant connectivity to receive weather forecasts, news updates and more."
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  • "But smart switches can let you control an entire house’s lighting with one tap, whether you’re at the office, on vacation, or in bed for the night. We recommend the Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer because it’s compatible with any lighting load and is easy to use. It also works with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, Nest, and IFTTT."
  • "Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit The best in-wall lighting system For people who are serious about smart lighting, this kit is the cornerstone to a whole-house system that can accommodate up to 50 devices."
  • "Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer If you already have the hub It connects over a reliable mesh network, works with many smart-home devices, doesn’t require a neutral wire for installation, and has an easy-to-use, multi-button keypad."
  • "The Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer lets you convert your home’s lighting system to smart lighting while still allowing you to control your lights the old-fashioned way if you want. It relies on a rock-solid mesh network, which is especially helpful if you have a weak Wi-Fi signal. It’s also the easiest to install of all the smart dimmers we tried. The app lets you easily create rooms, zones, scenes, and automated schedules, and you can get it with a helpful remote that you can mount on a wall or leave on a table as a second wireless dimmer. You can also control the dimmer with your voice via Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, and it supports integrations with SmartThings, Sonos, Logitech, Nest, and many other popular smart-home systems. You will need Lutron’s Caséta Smart Bridge or a Wink hub, which adds to the overall cost, but buying a starter kit is cheaper. Because this is a dimmer, it could save you money by allowing you to set the light level lower when you don’t need maximum brightness."
  • "The Wemo Dimmer uses Wi-Fi, so it doesn’t need a hub to remotely control your lights' on, off, and dimming features. You can set automated schedules, control groups of switches, and set it to away mode to simulate occupancy. It also offers more smart-home integration than any other Wi-Fi dimmer on our list, including support for Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, so you can tie lights into voice commands and other devices around the house. Since it connects over Wi-Fi, it may not be good for homes with a lot of Wi-Fi dead spots."
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  • "If you have a number of lights in your ceiling, installing one of the best smart light switches is the most practical way to let you integrate those fixtures into your smart home. For one thing, if you install smart lights, rather than a smart light switch, every time you—or someone else—flips the light switch, you'll lose the ability to control the lights. If you flick off a smart light switch, on the other hand, you can still control your lights from your smartphone, or using a voice assistant like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri. "
  • "A smart light switch lets you schedule your home lights to turn on and off at a set time, and make it look like you're home when you're on vacation. You can also connect smart light switches to other smart home devices, and program them to turn all your lights on if a smoke detector activates or your security system detects an intruder. These are just a few of the examples of the things that smart light switches can do. But some are better than others, so read on to see which we think are the best smart light switches. "
  • "What are the best smart light switches? After testing numerous models, we think the best smart light switch overall is the GE C-Start Smart Switch Motion Sensing Dimmer. For starters, it costs a reasonable $40, works with Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit, has a motion sensors built in, so it can automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room, and also has an ambient light sensor, so it won't turn on your lights all the way if there's a lot of sunlight coming in. That's a smart feature that can save you money. And, this dimmer switch works with a wide range of bulb types."
  • "However, the design of GE's switch is a bit unconventional, so it will stand out more than other smart light switches. Leviton's Decora smart dimmer has a more subdued design, but lacks the motion and ambient light sensor found in the GE switch. If you have Philips Hue lights and don’t want to replace your wall switches, then the Philips Hue Dimmer is your best bet. Not only is it the least expensive option, but it's also the easiest to install, since you merely attach it to the wall — no wiring necessary. Plus, you can pop it off and use it as a remote control. However, you'll have to remember to leave your regular light switch in the on position. Leviton has introduced a new Decora Smart Voice Dimmer switch that has Alexa built in. Available for $99, it's pricey, but has a microphone and speaker, through which you can use Alexa to hear the news and weather, play music, and more. And, unlike the Ecobee+ smart switch, Leviton's has a dimmer function. "
  • "1. GE C-Start Smart Switch Motion Sensing Dimmer This switch works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, and has a motion sensor built in. Size: 1.4 x 1.7 x 2.8 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Motion Sensor: Yes | Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: Yes $74.99 VIEW AT BEST BUY See all prices (1 found) No hub necessarySupports Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKitMotion sensorUtilitarian designConfusing Android app"
  • "2. Leviton Decora A simple dimmer switch that supports three-way switches. Size: 4.1 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Nest IFTTT | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: Yes $43.99 VIEW AT DELL $44.97 View at The Home Depot $46.99 View at Best Buy See all prices (15 found) 1 Amazon customer review ☆☆☆☆☆ Supports three-way switchesDoesn't require a hubPretty robust appDoesn't support as many smart home systems as LutronLacks geofencing Leviton's switch won't win any design awards, but we like its no-nonsense"
  • "3. Lutron Caseta This dimmer works with a plethora of smart home devices. Size: 4.6 x 3 x 1.5 inches | Wi-Fi: Via Lutron Bridge | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Nest, SmartThings | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: Yes $54.95 VIEW AT ABT ELECTRONICS $54.99 View at Best Buy $59.95 View at The Home Depot See all prices (12 found) Wide range of useful featuresExceptional customer serviceSupports three-way switchesRequires a hub (Smart Bridge)Pricey The Caséta line of switches from Lutron offers an impressive list of features: geofencing, which means your lights will automatically turn on or off when you leave or arrive at home; the ability to schedule your lights to turn on or off at particular times or days; dimming capabilities; and compatibility with a long list of smart home platforms. You can also control the system using your voice through Amazon Alexa and Google Home, among many others. It's one of the best HomeKit devices, too."
  • "4. Lutron Aurora This dimmer knob for Philips Hue lights fits over existing light switches. Size: 1.5 inches (dia) x 0.7 inches | Wi-Fi: Via Philips Hue Bridge | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Philips Hue | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: n/a $39.95 VIEW AT THE HOME DEPOT $39.99 View at Best Buy $82.94 View at The Home Depot See all prices (3 found) No electrical installation neededVoice control using Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google AssistantWorks only with Philips Hue lights In some households, wall switches control an outlet, rather than a light fixture, so you can plug in a floor or table lamp, and then switch it on or off from your wall, rather than the lamp itself. But if you also use that outlet for devices that have to stay on all the time, like a clock radio, then you have to tape over the wall switch or resort to some other method to keep from accidentally flipping the switch and turning off power to everything connected to the outlet. The Lutron Aurora is a simple, elegant solution to that problem"
  • "5. Philips Hue Dimmer Best for Philips Hue lights Size: 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.55 inches | Wi-Fi: Via Philips Hue Bridge | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Philips Hue | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: n/a $24.97 VIEW AT THE HOME DEPOT $24.99 View at Best Buy $24.99 View at Crutchfield.com See all prices (4 found) No electrical installation neededVoice control using Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google AssistantCreative and colorful themesWorks only with Philips Hue lightsRequires Philips Hue Bridge For those who have outfitted their homes with Philips Hue bulbs or don’t want to replace their wall switches, the Philips Hue dimmer is a handy little device. It can be used as a wireless remote or as a wall switch, but this switch doesn't need any installation, apart from peeling the covering off the adhesive on its back. This switch works with only Hue bulbs, though it's almost magic when it does. Just turn on the light containing the Hue bulb as you normally would (even if it's via a traditional wall switch); then, start using the Philips dimmer, and it will automatically work. And don't worry — there's no interference or conflict between the Hue Dimmer and your normal wall switch. The magic in the dimmer lies in the Philips Hue bridge, which is required ($59) for the dimmer to work (and is required for any Philips Hue system). The Philips Hue app is full of fun controls and creative themes for your Hue bulbs. You can set schedules for your Hue bulbs, which can be controlled by your voice through Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. It's also compatible with a host of other smart home platforms."
  • "6. LeGrand Tru-Universal Smart Dimmer Switch Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit Size: 4.7 x 2.9 x 2 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: Yes $49.13 VIEW AT AMAZON $54.99 View at Amazon See all prices (2 found) Controls LED, CFL and incandescent dimmable bulbsWorks with multiple smart home systemsSmall buttonsExpensive Calling a smart light switch Universal is a bold claim, but this Legrand switch gets pretty close, as it can communicate with the holy trinity of smart home systems: Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home. There’s no direct support for IFTTT or Zigbee devices, though. "
  • "7. WeMo Dimmer A simple dimmer switch that works with HomeKit Size: 5 x 3.3 x 1.7 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Motion Sensor: No | Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT | Dimmable: Yes | Supports three-way switches: No $49.99 VIEW AT BEST BUY $59.99 View at Crutchfield.com $79.99 View at Bed Bath & Beyond See all prices (4 found) Excellent design, high-quality constructionLighting modes for different situationsToo many color-coded status lights to rememberDoes not support more than one switch per light The WeMo Dimmer looks cool, with its glowing LED status lights, but remembering what each light means (there are seven different statuses, each with its own special LED color) is virtually impossible. One standout feature of the switch is that it calibrates to work with any kind of light bulb for maximum dimming and minimum flickering."
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  • "Smart lighting market revenue worldwide 2016-2023 Published by Arne Holst, Mar 2, 2020 This statistic shows the smart lighting market size worldwide in 2016, 2017 and 2023. In 2023, the smart lighting market is projected to reach 105.28 billion U.S. dollars."
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  • "The displayed data shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in 2017 on smart lighting devices ownership. Some 31 percent of respondents stated that they have one/several such devices. The Survey Data Table for the Statista survey Smart Home in the United States 2017 contains the complete tables for the survey including various column headings. Number of respondents 1,761 respondents Age group 18 to 59 years"
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  • "Installed base of smart home devices in U.S. 2018-2023, by segment Published by Statista Research Department, Feb 19, 2020 Lighting systems and controls is the device category with the largest installed base in U.S. smart homes. By 2023, it is projected that around 502 million smart lighting devices will be installed in the United States."
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  • "Revenue in the Smart Home market amounts to US$24,972m in 2020. Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2023) of 18.3%, resulting in a market volume of US$41,339m by 2023. Household penetration is 32.4% in 2020 and is expected to hit 47.4% by 2023. The average revenue per installed Smart Home currently amounts to US$90.56. A global comparison reveals that most revenue is generated in the United States (US$24,972m in 2020)."
  • "Control and Connectivity Revenue in the Control and Connectivity segment amounts to US$5,931m in 2020. Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2023) of 13.1%, resulting in a market volume of US$8,591m by 2023. Household penetration is 31.8% in 2020 and is expected to hit 46.4% by 2023. The average revenue per Smart Home in the Control and Connectivity segment currently amounts to US$146.40. A global comparison reveals that most revenue is generated in the United States (US$5,931m in 2020)."
  • "22.14 million smart homes in 2017 in the US 27.9 million 2018 34.1 million 2019 40.5 million 2020 47.0 million 2021 53.7 million 2022 60.4 million 2023"
  • "The Control and Connectivity segment includes the essential equipment, that is part of an intelligent home network (hubs, switches, smart speakers, plugs). The segment is clearly dominated by smart speakers. With the arrival of Amazon’s Echo, the whole digital economy including the smart home market was disrupted. Competition followed and reduced Amazons market share, especially from Asia where Xiomi, Alibaba and Baidu are developing smart speaker systems. There is no doubt that smart speakers will foster growth in the market, since they are the number one entry-level product for consumers. However, we believe that not all use cases will include voice control in the future. Moreover, there will be more smart displays, such as Echo Show or Google Nest Hub."
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  • "A virtual digital assistant is software that can perform tasks for consumers such as looking up information on the internet, playing media and buying products online. It uses speech recognition technology to respond to voice commands. Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana are the most popular virtual assistant platforms. Market research firm Tractica estimated 390 million people used virtual assistants in 2015 and projected this number to grow to 1 billion in 2018 and 1.8 billion in 2021."
  • "An increasing number of lighting control and home automation manufacturers now offer voice recognition as an input for their systems. Until now, smart lighting in the home was controlled using apps and devices such as keypads, dimmers, switches and sensors. With these methods, homeowners can operate and schedule their lighting. By using a system with a compatible virtual assistant app/device, users can now also control their lighting, shades, thermostats, audio/video, and other smart devices using voice commands."
  • "The benefit, of course, is convenience and enhanced lifestyle. The same benefits of automated home lighting control but with a simple and familiar additional control input. The leading markets are tech-savvy homeowners, people with disabilities and the elderly, who have limited freedom of movement. Voice control boosts the cool factor for smart lighting and may even serve as a discussion point—did you know you could use Siri to control your house? For contractors, voice control provides a selling feature for home automation, with lighting control a strong first step that provides benefits that are immediately seen."
  • "For voice-controlled lighting, what’s needed is a lighting or home control system, compatible virtual assistant device (phone or speaker) and app, and a robust Wi-Fi connection. These assistants are control-manufacturer-agnostic, meaning they are compatible with a range of products. Examples of lighting and home control systems compatible with various virtual assistants include Sylvania Smart+ lighting from LEDVANCE, Osram’s Lightify; Leviton’s Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology and Decora Smart with HomeKit Technology; Lutron Electronics’ Caseta Wireless, RA 2 Select, RadioRA2, and HomeWorks QS; and Philips Lighting’s Hue system."
  • "User voice commands pass through the virtual assistant’s external cloud-based service to the control provider’s cloud-based service, which interoperate using an application programming interface. The control provider then sends the appropriate control signal to the controller in the home to execute the command. Control response should be almost immediate."
  • "Smart lighting is typically plug and play and relatively simple to install. For one solution, the contractor swaps out light switches with smart switches then uses an app to connect all devices. Manufacturers offer training on how to install and set up these systems. One way to get comfortable is to try it yourself with a few control points."
  • "Virtual assistants and voice control use is expected to continue to grow, which will impact and add more value to home automation. Electrical contractors who invest in getting to know these systems will likely become more competitive with customers seeking automation’s benefits."
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  • "The use of voice-control technology has become mainstream and is growing worldwide. In the US alone, the number of people who use voice assistants—including Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Samsung’s Bixby and Microsoft Cortana—is increasing faster than previously anticipated."
  • "How many people in the US use voice assistants? In 2019, we estimate that 111.8 million people in the US will use a voice assistant at least monthly, up 9.5% from last year. This is equivalent to 39.4% of internet users and 33.8% of the total population."
  • "What are the most popular devices for voice assistant use? Smartphones and smart speakers are the devices of choice for most voice assistant users, but the software is also finding its way into a host of everyday devices, including cars, wearables, smart TVs, appliances and other connected gadgets."
  • "Who uses voice assistants? Millennials are the heaviest users, but voice assistant use is growing among all age groups, including children, teens and seniors."
  • "What are people doing with them? The majority of voice assistant users ask their devices basic questions, search, request information and/or listen to music. People with disabilities and those who can’t use text-based interfaces are also benefiting from voice-control functionality."
  • "KEY STAT: This year, nearly 112 million people, or one-third of the US population, will use a voice assistant at least monthly on any device."
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  • "35.6 million Americans used a voice-activated assistant device at least once a month in 2017, per eMarketer—a year-over-year increase of 128.9 percent."
  • "13% of all households in the United States owned a smart speaker in 2017, per OC&C Strategy Consultants. That number is predicted to rise to 55% by 2022."
  • "One-in-six Americans (16%) own a voice activated smart-speaker, per Edison Research and NPR."
  • "35.8% of millennials use voice-enabled digital assistants at least once a month, per eMarketer; this compared to just 10.1% of baby boomers."
  • "The number of millennials who use voice-enabled digital assistants will climb to 39.3% in 2019, per eMarketer."
  • "25% of individuals ages 16-24 use voice search on mobile, per Global Web Index."
  • "Individuals ages 26-35 represent the highest percentage of smart home device owners, per Walker Sands."
  • "Amazon and Google account for 94% of all smart speakers in use, per Strategy Analytics."
  • "The voice search craze has taken on sort of a life of its own in the past two or three years. Still, the statistics tell the story. We are rapidly approaching 2020—the year now infamously predicted by comScore to mark 50% voice search adoption. Across the board, in fact, the industry seems to be predicting 2020 as the year voice search truly explodes."
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  • "When voice assistants began to emerge in 2011 with the introduction of Siri, no one could have predicted that this novelty would become a driver for tech innovation. Now nearly eight years later, it’s estimated that every one in six Americans own a smart speaker (Google Home, Amazon Echo) and eMarketer forecasts that nearly 100 million smartphone users will be using voice assistants in 2020. "
  • "Brands such as Amazon, Google are continuing to fuel this trend as they compete for market share. Voice interfaces are advancing at an exponential rate in industries of all kinds, ranging from healthcare to banking, as companies are racing to release their own voice technology integrations to keep pace with consumer demand."
  • "The main driver of the shift towards voice user interfaces is the changing user demands. There is an increased overall awareness and a higher level of comfort demonstrated specifically by millennial consumers. In this ever-evolving digital world where speed, efficiency, and convenience are constantly being optimized."
  • "The mass adoption of artificial intelligence in users’ everyday lives is also fueling the shift towards voice applications. The number of IoT devices such as smart thermostats, appliances, and speakers are giving voice assistants more utility in a connected user’s life. Smart speakers are the number one way we are seeing voice being used, however, it only starts there. Many industry experts even predict that nearly every application will integrate voice technology in some way in the next 5 years. "
  • "In 2020, we will see a greater interest in the development of voice-enabled devices. This will include an increase in mid-level devices: devices that have some assistant functionality but aren’t full-blown smart speakers. Instead, they communicate with your smart speaker, display or even perhaps your phone over Bluetooth where the processing happens on those devices. Amazon is already well on its way with an Alexa-enabled wall clock."
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  • "SOMERSET, N.J., Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, is expanding its comprehensive smart home lighting offering in the United States. In addition to Bluetooth- and Zigbee-based smart lighting with Philips Hue, Signify's offering now includes Wi-Fi-enabled lighting that works with the WiZ Connected ecosystem."
  • "The WiZ Connected ecosystem operates independently from the Philips Hue ecosystem. Conveniently adjust the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED lighting using the easy-to-use WiZ app on your smartphone or tablet and your home's Wi-Fi network – no wiring or additional equipment is required."
  • "Conveniently control your home lighting wherever you are using the WiZ app, or with Alexa, the Google Assistant or Siri shortcuts if you have a compatible voice device. Wirelessly dim your Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED WiZ Connected lights, or choose from pre-set light scenes for ambiance. Change the shade of white light – from warm white to cool daylight – to suit your daily tasks. Make your home glow with any color you like. Set light schedules and timers."
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  • "The Alliance iTimer is Bluetooth enabled and works with any landscape lighting transformer. It has 2 preset timer options; dusk to dawn and dusk to midnight. That’s right…with a touch of a button, programming is done! The iTimer is a great upsell for existing lighting systems as well as new installs. You can also use it to control Christmas Lights, Water Features, String Lights or anything meant for 120v up to 15amps. The BrillianceLED WiFi Smart Socket offers a simple and economical WiFi unit. It was designed specifically for any landscape lighting transformer and provides remote control of the entire lighting system. Tired of getting call backs for customer timer or photocell issues? The Smart Socket is a great solution! It is ideal for both existing and new systems. "