U.K. smart home solutions provider LightwaveRF announced on Monday that its forthcoming product range, which includes a light dimmer and smart socket, will be fully compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.

On October 3, LightwaveRF will launch its new Generation 2 Link Plus smart hub, Smart Dimmers, Smart Sockets, and a Smart Radiator Valve. The Link Plus connects to a Wi-Fi router and controls the LightwaveRF smart home system for lighting, heating, power and security.

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"This is a further exciting development for LightwaveRF," said chief executive officer Andrew Pearson. "We look forward to working with Apple as a HomeKit technical partner and a supplier to its retail outlets. The exposure and awareness from this partnership should enhance our market visibility and greatly benefit our customers via easier management of their smart home solutions. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Apple as we launch further HomeKit compatible devices for both the UK and international markets."

The new LightwaveRF range is said to be the result of a two-year research and development program, with new features of the system including built-in energy monitoring, color-changing LEDs to indicate status, and wire-free two-way switching.

The new range will be sold in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates through Apple retail stores, online via Apple.com, and other chosen retail outlets.

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rikscha Avatar
65 months ago
Awesome ! Finally a HomeKit switch.
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Urbanpixels Avatar
65 months ago
£40 for a 2 gang socket I think would be fairly reasonable actually, considering the Elgato Eve Energy HomeKit plug adapter is £45 and that's just for a single socket. I'd happily outfit my home going room by room when funds allow.
I've had lightwave in my house for a while now. The system is very good and it's much cheaper than other alternatives.

The wall sockets and switches look just like normal switches without ugly plug in units or even more upmarket like Lutron. Im very happy with it.

The v2 is going to be interesting with Feedback, thats one let down of the v1 but it's not much of a problem. I hope the new link is compatible with older units! that way Siri can control the older units.
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Urbanpixels Avatar
65 months ago
Sorry to deliver bad news but unfortunately the older Switches and Sockets aren't HomeKit compatible. While the older Radiator Valves are.

The new hub can control the older non-HomeKit equipment and they'll work through Lightwaves own app they just won't work within the Apple Home app or have Siri control.
Thats a shame, you'd expect the new Link to pass commands onto the switches which it can already control. That sounds like a bad effort.
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lellis2k Avatar
65 months ago
Sorry to deliver bad news but unfortunately the older Switches and Sockets aren't HomeKit compatible. While the older Radiator Valves are.

The new hub can control the older non-HomeKit equipment and they'll work through Lightwaves own app they just won't work within the Apple Home app or have Siri control.
This doesn't seem to make sense, if the new hub can control the old equipment, and it can talk to HomeKit, why wouldn't we be able to talk to the hub via HomeKit and it then pass the control message onto the equipment?
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Vado Avatar
65 months ago
Really looking forward to these products. I was going to invest in LightwaveRF products a few years ago and now glad I held off for compatibility.

The UK has been lagging behind the US in HomeKit product availability and these products definitely fill in some gaps.
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Vado Avatar
65 months ago
Great, but way too expensive.
£40 for a 2 gang plug socket.
£55 for a single radiator valve
£45 for a 1 gang dimmer
£70 for a 2 gang dimmer switch
£130 for a 4 gang dimmer switch
£40 for a 2 gang socket I think would be fairly reasonable actually, considering the Elgato Eve Energy HomeKit plug adapter is £45 and that's just for a single socket. I'd happily outfit my home going room by room when funds allow.
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