Your smart bulb is incomplete without a smart dimmer kit, and the Lutron Caseta offers just this. The voice control and connectivity to other smart Home Devices will change the functionality of your home. However, when a dimmer comes with a bridge, most people would like to know if you can use the Lutron Caseta without the Hub? Yes, you can but, they’re a lot of advantages to using the bridge.
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Home Kit, and Apple Watch are compatible with Lutron Caseta devices. Integration of one or more of these voice assistance includes a connection to your home Wi-Fi. Besides, you’ll need the Smart Bridge to connect your Caseta switches to other devices in your house, such as SmartThings motion sensors. The bridge is the communication between your Caseta switches and other devices.
However, many homeowners are experimenting with the Pico Remote and the Lutron Caseta switches. What is the Pico Remote? The Pico remote is an excellent way to control wireless dimmers from Lutron Caseta. Pico allows you to switch lights on or off from anywhere in the room. You can use it as a portable remote mounted on a wall. Using the Pico remote control, you can turn on your lights before you enter your home. Without the bridge, you can still control your switches and dimmers.
Using Amazon Alexa Withe Lutron Caseta Without A bridge
To control your lights you can use the Amazon Alexa Routine, but first, you’ll need to install the Amazon Alexa app on your phone. Then sign in to your Amazon account and enable both the Hubitat Skill and the Lutron Caseta Skill. You can also use Habitat motion sensors as triggers for Alexa Routine and have that routine to control your Caseta switches. This integration is free and reliable, however, not as fast as using the bridge.
The Features of The Caseta Without The Bridge
- Turn on the lights when you’re not home.
- Alexa, Apple Home Kit, the Google Assistant, Ring, Serena shades, and Sonos compatibility.
- Create routines, scenes, and schedules.
- Track the sunset and automatically turn on lights.
- Three-way switch control.
- Control switch via smartphone, voice commands, and wireless remote.
- Control multiple bulbs.
If you have the bridge and are experiencing internet issues, you can control your switches with the Lutron app but the Pico remote will work and you can control your switch the traditional way. Further, if you are like me and control your lights sometimes at work, you can not turn on scenes if there is no internet at home.
Also, if your bridge stops working, there is no way of making new scenes however, you can use the scenes you already have and wait until your bridge is working again.
Having the Lutron bridge is a big pro, but it’s an additional cost. The Lutron can function without the bridge so, if you don’t have the extra cash you can still give this brand a try.