February 5, 2023


Technology Room

Cync proclaims new good gentle panels, bulbs, and lightweight strips that may show a number of colours directly

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GE Lighting introduced a giant growth of its good lighting model Cync’s Dynamic Results line this week. The brand new entertainment-themed merchandise place Cync much more squarely as a less expensive Philips Hue and Nanoleaf competitor. 

New hexagon wall panels, neon-style rope lights that may be formed how you want, and A19 and BR30 bulbs be part of the full-color gradient indoor and outdoor light strips Cync launched late last year, that are round $40 cheaper than comparable Hue variations.

All Dynamic Results merchandise can show 16 million colours, tunable white gentle, and preset and customized lighting results just like Hue and Nanoleaf merchandise. The LEDs are addressable and might show a number of colours concurrently — even the A19 and BR30 bulbs, which may present as much as 4 colours directly. 

A lamp showing multiple colors on a table next to a wall.

The brand new Dynamic Results good bulbs can present as much as 4 colours directly.
Picture: Cync

In response to GE Lighting, the brand new merchandise all have on-device music syncing and tunable white gentle along with the total spectrum of coloration. They’re on account of launch in March 2023 and can begin at $19.99 for the A19 Aline bulb and $26.99 for the indoor floodlights and go as much as $199.99 for a 10-pack of the Hexagon Panel Lights. These may even are available in a seven-pack for $169.99, which is round $30 lower than Nanoleaf’s starter pack of seven panels. The Neon Rope lights will price $79.99 for 10 inches and $119.99 for 16 inches.

The corporate additionally introduced its $12.50 A19 Cync Full Coloration Direct Join Sensible Bulb and $15 Cync Indoor Sensible Plug would be the first so as to add help for Matter, permitting them to work with any Matter-compatible good dwelling platform or machine, with extra merchandise coming later in 2023.

Nevertheless, GE Lighting additionally stated earlier merchandise gained’t be getting up to date to the brand new interoperability good dwelling commonplace. As a substitute, they’ll be releasing new merchandise with Matter help over the subsequent 12 months, which means these newly introduced Dynamic Results merchandise gained’t work with Matter.

Cync’s merchandise work over Wi-Fi and BLE Mesh and don’t require a bridge or hub. They’re managed by the Cync app, powered by Savant — which purchased GE Lighting in 2020.  Competitor Hue makes use of Zigbee and Bluetooth with a bridge whereas Nanoleaf works over Thread and Wi-Fi, and each have totally dedicated to Matter.

New Reveal wafer downlights add a whiter white option for recessed lighting fixtures.

New Reveal wafer downlights add a whiter white possibility for recessed lights.
Picture: Cync

Cync additionally has a brand new slimline Cync Reveal HD Plus Full Coloration Wafer Downlights coming in Q3 2023 (no pricing but), which provides a “whiter white” possibility for recessed lighting and a slimmer profile. There may be already a Cync line of those easy-to-install ceiling light fixtures, however the Reveal line is designed for bogs and kitchens the place you may want one of the best readability gentle. 

Lastly, the Cync app is getting a brand new integration with Schlage Encode good locks so you’ll be able to tie lighting automations to locking and unlocking your door. 

This good lock integration gives Cync with an nearly full good dwelling resolution, masking lighting, locks, local weather management, and cameras. At CES final 12 months, Cync launched 11 new good bulbs, a brand new out of doors digital camera, and a sensible thermostat, including to a portfolio that already has good gentle switches, dimmers, indoor and out of doors bulbs, good plugs, an indoor digital camera, and a movement sensor. 

However that resolution is one thing of a “curated” backyard and has restricted integrations with different platforms (most Cync merchandise work with Amazon Alexa and Google House). If Cync continues to embrace Matter throughout all of its merchandise and broadens its interoperability, it might be in an excellent place to draw new good dwelling customers. The lower cost level in comparison with Hue and Nanoleaf mixed with a well known model identify is a beautiful proposition.

Nevertheless, its reliance on BLE Mesh, in comparison with the respective Zigbee and Thread help of its opponents, is a weak spot. Matter might assist enhance connectivity, however with a restricted rollout firstly together with the shortage of backward compatibility with present Cync gadgets, it looks like the corporate continues to be hedging its bets on the brand new interoperability commonplace. 

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