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Voice Control for Home Lighting Coming to Alexa (Video)

May 8, 2017

First illuminating smart product with Amazon Alexa inside lets consumers do more with fun, convenient features, including a visual clock and sleep-enhancing light.

GE launched the first Amazon Alexa-embedded lighting product – C by GE Sol – with a promotional wait-list window, giving early adopters first dibs on the product, plus an exclusive 20 percent discount. Sol combines functional illumination, a contemporary design, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you’d find in an Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device.

Sol, which gets its namesake from the circular shape and illumination of the sun, is part of GE’s vision to unleash the ultimate living experience with smart products tapping into new potential at home. Consumers signing up as Sol early adopters will be first in line when product ordering goes live, also receiving a 20 percent discount off the suggested retail price of $199.99. Product is expected to ship in September from Amazon.com and CbyGE.com.

In addition to using Sol to order your dinner, listen to the latest headlines, play music or give a host of other voice commands, the lamp features:

Visual Indicators:Pair visual light cues with everyday tasks, such as checking the time. Consumers can enable a clock function that puts illumination around the Sol’s ring where clock hands would go in a traditional clock, in addition to unlocking other potential benefits.

Sleep-Enabled Light:More than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep each night. GE’s C Sleep light helps reinforce the human body’s natural rhythm and melatonin production to prepare for sleep and awaken more efficiently. A warm light is used to increase melatonin before bed, while a cool, vibrant light helps produce energy in the morning.

Tunable Light:Tune the 60-watt equivalent light to daylight or soft white color temperatures with a voice command or through the C by GE app. This allows white light tuned to mood in each room, such as crisp, refreshing light in an office setting or warm, relaxing light in the family room – without changing a light bulb.

C by GE Bulbs Also Get Voice Upgrade

The Sol promotional wait list opens as GE adds voice compatibility to its C by GE LED light bulbs. The connected bulbs will be compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit this summer. This compatibility is made possible through a new easy-to-operate C-Reach hub, allowing consumers to turn on and off their C by GE lights, dim them and control bulbs individually or in groups by rooms with a simple voice command.

C Reach

The portfolio expansion also includes the addition of a C by GE LED BR30 light bulb for use in recessed cans, which also will be voice compatible when paired with C-Reach.

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Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Going Green, Healthy Homes, Lighting

Companies: General Electric


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