After a few months of fairly quiet releases, the adoption of Material Family Standards It’s accelerating as more and more companies jump on the bandwagon. This time around, smart lighting brand GE Lighting showed off its first set of Matter-enabled home accessories, due out in 2023.
All lighting products will be Launched under the Cync brand (opens in a new tab) The first set is a new addition to the Dynamic Effects family. You get four in total: Dynamic Effects Smart Hex Panels (hexagonal light fixtures that stick to your wall), Smart Neon Signs (also known as neon cords), and two types of Smart Bulbs. The first is a standard straight bulb for general use, while the other is an indoor flood light.
Each light can be controlled by the official sync application (opens in a new tab) Show off “multi-color light show, on-device music sync and vivid lighting effects [can] exhibit [up to] 16 million colors…” In addition, they can display multiple colors at the same time.
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The neon rope looks like a typical light strip on the surface, but its rigidity allows it to be bent into any shape for decoration. Use as much of the given length as possible, that said, neon cord comes in two sizes (10ft and 16ft). It can also be controlled via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant if you don’t want to use the app. This form of control is thanks to Matter’s enhanced interoperability compared to older standards.
The new Dynamic Effects lights will be available in March 2023, with prices starting at $19.99 and going up to $199.99.
More products coming later this year
In addition to Dynamic Effects, GE Lighting has another smart light: the disc-shaped HD Plus Wafer Downlights, which can also display 16 million colors. These lights have a more “slim profile” and can be placed almost anywhere you can place them.
According to the announcement, to aid installation, the Wafer lights will come with “wall wash trim” for easy integration and installation formwork. Don’t expect Wafer lights to hit store shelves anytime soon. They are scheduled to launch sometime in the third quarter of 2023, with official price tags to be announced later.
The company plans to release upgraded versions of past products that support the Matter standard throughout the year, such as the Cync Indoor Smart Plug. However, older Cync products will not receive firmware updates to provide them with Matter support. If you own one of the previous-generation devices, you’ll need to buy the newer version.
If you’re interested in beautifying your home with substance-enabled lighting, be sure to check out our recent updates 2023 list of smart lights Featuring Philips Hue and Nanoleaf.Speaking of Nanoleaf, the company revealed its new line of Sense Plus Control (opens in a new tab)At CES 2023, it will apparently be able to “learn” a family’s daily routine to automatically control the lights according to their needs.