Lutron is one of the leading names in smart home lighting and this smart light switch is the best it gets. Its dependence on a hub is something we usually frown upon due to the additional cost, but Lutron’s lighting system is worth paying more. Here’s why: It was the easiest to install and set up. It’s wired for single-pole, but can be turned into a three-way switch when paired with Lutron’s Pico remote. It’s also quick and responsive to voice commands via Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
In addition to lights, the 120-volt switch can be used for ceiling and exhaust fans, and unlike some switches, it works with LED, incandescent, and halogen bulbs. The Lutron app is full of convenient smart home features like geofencing to turn the lights on when you get home (a rarity for smart switches), scheduling, and scenes, which all work well. Another reason to buy this switch is that it supports a plethora of popular smart home systems like Sonos, Samsung SmartThings, Ring, and IFTTT. You can even manage your entire Lutron Caséta lighting system from an Apple Watch. Lutron also has a full suite of smart home gadgets like smart dimmers and outdoor smart plugs to help you build out a more connected home.
The light switch requires a neutral wire, but if your home doesn't have one, check out the Lutron Caséta Smart Dimmer, which also works as an on/off switch but does not require a neutral wire. (The light switch can handle a larger electrical load than the dimmer, so we’d only recommend pairing the dimmer with lights and not exhaust/ceiling fans or other outlets that may draw too much power.)
Despite all of its great qualities, the Lutron app lacks two-factor authentication, a privacy feature that helps keep your account secure (though it’s something a lot of switches don’t support). As mentioned above, the switch needs a Lutron Pico remote control or a Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge to operate, which is an additional cost to mull over. But this system is really smooth and, unlike other switches, integrates with many different smart home platforms, making the extra cash worth spending if you’re whole-home smart lighting is what you’re after.