Jan 9, 2018: Lighting leader LEDVANCE, maker of SYLVANIA general lighting products in North America, has developed the world’s first LED lighting products that are Bluetooth mesh qualified – the SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth Full Color LED A19 Bulb, Indoor Full Color LED Flex Strip, Soft White Filament LED A19 Bulb and Soft White LED A19 Bulb. Bluetooth technology is a global standard for simple, secure wireless connectivity, and it now supports mesh networking which enables many-to-many (m:m) device communications and is optimized for creating large-scale device networks. While Bluetooth lighting products are very easy to set up, typically users needed to be in the immediate vicinity to control them unless they used another device as a hub. The new Bluetooth mesh networking technology allows a user to control devices, like these new SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products, in another room because Bluetooth mesh qualified devices can speak to each other when within 300 meters and pass along command signals. This technology advancement can make home automation products more attractive to the consumer as Bluetooth is one of the most commonly used technology standards on mobile devices and voice assistants. SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth mesh qualified lighting products will hit the marketplace in early 2018.
“Industry researchers predict that nearly 4 billion Bluetooth devices will ship this year alone. As a trusted standard for wireless connectivity, Bluetooth is integrated into countless products produced by over 33,000 Bluetooth Special Interest Group members. This creates the potential for a vast network that enables a simple user experience for consumers which increases satisfaction and ease of use for smart products,” said Aaron Ganick, global head of Smart Business, LEDVANCE. “Unlike other proprietary lighting solutions that only offer mesh networking with their own products, our industry first SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products are mesh qualified. This means they can be incorporated into larger, more robust Bluetooth mesh networks that include other qualified products like thermostats, locks and especially voice assistants. We are excited to be working with many of these ecosystem partners on next generation lighting experiences directly controlled using Bluetooth mesh. By helping to enable an easy to use ecosystem that is available to everyone, Bluetooth mesh is making the smart home more of a reality for our consumers.”
SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) technology from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. With products fully qualified for North America, the collaboration between LEDVANCE and Cypress provides best in class lighting and communication experiences for end consumers throughout their homes, now thanks to the advancement of Bluetooth mesh capabilities.
“The SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products from LEDVANCE with Cypress’ qualified interoperable Bluetooth mesh technology mark a significant step forward for smarter home lighting that connects easily via smartphone applications and conveniently to the rest of a home’s Bluetooth connected devices,” said Brian Bedrosian, vice president of the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. “Their convenience, energy efficiency and whole-home connectivity are a winning combination people are seeking for their smart homes.”