Lutron vs Leviton
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Home automation features that you might see in a sci-fi movie or read in a novel are no longer beyond the realms of reality. Obviously, some of the far-fetched features and ideas are still a few years away, but you will be surprised by what’s already possible. In simple words, a home automation system or a smart home system allows you to control lighting, indoor temperature via the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, entertainment devices and home appliances (including connected refrigerators, coffee machines, etc.), among others, with an app on your smartphone or tablet.
Some smart home systems also allow you to control security features such as alarm systems, residential access control systems and air quality control systems (including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors), among others. Voice control devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home coupled with their respective virtual assistant applications have made the smart home experience even more intuitive and personal
The rapid advancements in chip technology and the increased compatibility with various services has also resulted in the cost of setting up a smart home system reducing significantly over the past two years. It’s still an expensive endeavor, but not prohibitively expensive, like it used to be.
Today we are going to compare two well-known and popular smart home systems, the Lutron Caseta Wireless System and the Leviton Decora Smart Collection. Both home systems allow you to control lights, switches and outlets. So, let’s take a look how the two stack up against each other.
The Lutron and Leviton smart home systems have their own sets of benefits and drawbacks, as well as similarities and differences. We will compare these two systems across some of the key factors that helps a homeowner determine the right option for his or her home and some of the key features that a smart home system should have.
Hub and Installation
The Lutron Caseta Wireless smart home system is dependent on the Lutron Smart Bridge or Lutron Smart Bridge Pro. It’s essentially the hub that enables you to control all Lutron smart home devices. The Smart Bridge Pro is compatible with the Apple HomeKit system, which makes it the ideal option at present. It directly connects to the router at your home and is powered by an AC adapter. All you have to do after that is download the Lutron iOS or Android app and follow the animated guidelines to install the individual devices such as dimmers and thermostat.
On the other hand, Leviton offers some devices or products that do not require a hub. These have built-in smart capabilities and work straight out of the box. The company also offers devices or products that require a hub, like Wink or SmartThings. So, if you’re looking a quick fix and minimal set up time, the Leviton DW-series and DH-series that do not require a hub is an excellent option. If you want a smart home system that you can slowly expand, then the Leviton DZ-series that works with Wink is the ideal option.
Lutron offers the option of schedules and scenes. You can get creative with lighting controls and window shades. Schedules can also be synced with sunrise and sunset or set for a specific time of the day. The one issue is that you will have to select each device on the Lutron smart home system individually while setting schedules or scenes.
Leviton also allows you to set actions for the devices on the smart home network to perform specific tasks at specific times or in sync with sunrise and sunset. However, you won’t be able to set auto tasks based on geofencing. So, if you want the lights to be switched on automatically when you arrive home or want to lower the temperature on the thermostat automatically when you leave for work in the morning, you won’t be able to do it with Leviton.
Collection of Products
In terms of wider variety of products, Leviton trumps Lutron. Leviton offers dimmers, switches and outlets (both plug-in and in-wall outlets). Whereas, Lutron only offers switches and dimmers (in-wall and plug-in). One interesting thing about the Lutron in-wall dimmers is that you get a sleek Pico remote with that allows you to customize dimmer settings, but that doesn’t really compensate for Lutron’s lack of overall variety in smart products.
As mentioned earlier, Leviton DW-series and DH-series devices work right out of the box. These are controlled or operated via the Wi-Fi network in your home, which means there’s also a chance of instability and slow response time. In comparison, the Leviton DZ-series devices are controlled via Z-Wave technology, which is far more stable and reliable. In this regard, Lutron is clearly ahead of Leviton, because all Lutron devices are controlled via the patented Clear Connect technology. The frequency band used to interact with the devices is free from interference at all times, which ensures that wireless performance is significantly more reliable.
Pros of Lutron
- It’s compatible with Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant.
- You can use HomeKit on Lutron’s Android app as well.
- It offers more reliable control via its in-house hub and Clear Connect technology.
- It’s really easy to install.
- It offers more flexibility in terms of scheduling.
Cons of Lutron
- It just offers a one-year warranty that can be extended to two years by filling out a customer feedback questionnaire.
- It has a limited collection of smart products.
- It’s more expensive than comparable smart home systems.
Pros of Leviton
- You can use some of its smart products without a hub.
- Leviton offers a wider variety of smart products to choose from.
- It offers 5 years of warranty.
Cons of Leviton
- The compatibility with voice command devices is staggered and you will have to make a decision between Amazon and Google vs Apple, which isn’t a good position to put a smart homeowner in.
- The technology base isn’t as stable as what Lutron offers.
We live in a connected world and the fact that Lutron allows you to connect with all the major smart devices out there puts it ahead of the Leviton. There’s no doubt that the Leviton is an excellent smart home system as well, but its longer warranty and great choice of products doesn’t quite make up for its lack of support for other smart devices. Smart home technology is rapidly changing and companies that collaborate with others are more likely to be on top in a few years’ time.
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