There is no shortage of smart plug adapters for the HomeKit. In the past, we analyzed products from VOCOlinc, Eve (with Thread), Meross, Wemo and many more. The only thing they all lack is the holder for the adjustable bulbs. If you need this feature, keep reading to learn more about Legrand Smart Switch.
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When looking at HomeKit lamp lighting options, you need to decide whether to use HomeKit bulbs or existing bulbs and install adapters. There are several options for dimmable bulbs with products like Philips Hue, but there aren’t many dimmable bulbs with just one adapter.
The adjustable bulb holder is what makes the Legrand Smart Switch unique among other socket adapters.
Plug-in adapters are some of the easiest products to install with HomeKit. The product works without the need for another application, so all you have to do is connect and scan the HomeKit code using the Home application.
Unlike other adapters, the HomeKit code on top is the adapter, so it is easy to scan while the device is connected. My real pet product with HomeKit products is when I’m on the bottom or – even worse – on the back, so it’s a difficult dance to scan and connect quickly before it expires.
Once in HomeKit, it will automatically appear as a light in HomeKit. However, unlike other switched outlets, it cannot be changed in a fan or just in a regular outlet, so buy this switch only if you intend to use it as a light.
How to use the adjustable function
As I mentioned earlier, the unique feature of the Legrand Smart Switch is the adjustable appearance. There are two hardware buttons on your device, so include how to use them below:
Up button: press to turn on the light or double-tap to increase the dimming percentage to 100%.
Bottom button: press to turn off the light.
Press and hold any button to quickly change the blur rate by 20% per second.
To return the controller to the factory default settings, press and hold both buttons for 15 seconds. Then remove the device from the Legrand Home app (or the Apple Home app)
Of course, the Home app is still the perfect place to use it. You can control the brightness of the bulb using the Home slider. You can set it using Siri on Apple Watch, iOS, macOS, or using a HomePod to turn it off, on, or at a certain brightness.
The Home app includes a lot of predefined automation suggestions, depending on the room where you place it. Suggestions are an aspect of HomeKit that has improved in recent years. For example, I have an Eve Motion sensor in my room. I have the Legrand Smart Switch, so HomeKit recommends automation to turn on the light when it detects motion and turn it off when it stops detecting motion.
If you enable these automations, you can have more precise control over how these automations work.
Legrand Smart Switch is priced higher compared to other products and is comparable to the Eve option which includes wire holder, so it will not be the product with the lowest cost. However, if you want a HomeKit socket with adjustable bulb holder, then it is the best product on the market.
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