Wemo releases new Wemo Dimmer Light Switch

Wemo, the smart home brand from Belkin International, has expanded its Smart Switch Lineup with the introduction of the Wemo Dimmer Light Switch.

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Brian Van Harlingen, Belkin’s chief technology officer said the Wemo Dimmer Light Switch will be on display at the 2017 International CES together with another company innovation, the Wemo Mini Smart Plug.

“The International CES is the biggest coming out party of the year for Wemo and the perfect place to debut our new Wemo products,” Mr Van Harlingen said.

“In 2016, we doubled down on our app, making enhancements to ensure that the Wemo experience is best-in-class, so we’re excited to launch two new pieces of hardware in early 2017. With Mini and Dimmer, we are rounding out our smart switch line-up, enabling new experiences and making Wemo even more approachable and easier to use.”

A 2017 Innovations Award Honoree, the new Wemo Dimmer is a next generation smart dimming light switch that brings real intelligence to lighting.

According to the company’s press release, the Wemo Dimmer includes all of the features of the original Wemo Light Switch, plus advanced updates such as Night Mode to prevent harsh lights at night and a customised bulb calibration.

“Current dimmer products have a single dimming range for all bulb types, which tends to create flickering and noise issues, but Wemo Dimmer uses the Wemo app to custom calibrate for any bulb type including incandescents (up to 400 watts), CFLs or LEDs, to eliminate those annoyances,” reads the press release.

“In addition, Dimmer’s Night Mode feature enables users to set a specific level of brightness during a set period of time, which is ideal for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips or checking on the kids when they are asleep.”

The Wemo Dimmer features a touch-capacitive dimmer control instead of a mechanical lever and a responsive light bar to indicate status.

“The light bar uses movement, full RGB colour and brightness as a language to provide contextual information,” it says in the press release.

“For example, Wemo rules are always signified by green, third party actions like Amazon Alexa are aqua, a radar “pinging” animation indicates that it is searching for a Wi-Fi signal, and a left-to-right “sending” animation is used for other features to let them know the message is being delivered to other devices.”

The Wemo Dimmer will be available for purchase in the spring.

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