Ecobee just announced their brand new ecobee4 smart thermostat with Alexa built-in, but what was more surprising was the announcement of an all new product to facilitate, what they’re calling, “whole home voice.” The new product is an ecobee smart light switch with integrated temperature, occupancy, and daylight sensors. As if that weren’t enough, the light switch has microphones and speakers for full built-in Alexa functionality.
Ecobee is expanding beyond smart thermostats into further home automation and convenience with vision of Alexa and voice controls in every room. Their new smart light switch essentially integrates an Echo Dot inside with hands-free far-field microphones and a speaker. You can ask it to turn the lights on and off, but also anything else Alexa can do, like the weather, news, or to control other smart home devices.
In addition to Alexa being built-in, the smart light switch functions as a remote temperature sensor which communicates with the Ecobee4 smart thermostat to precisely maintain the correct room temperature. Ecobee’s thermostats come with one remote sensor, and you can add additional sensors, but this new light switch is a more elegant way of monitoring temperatures throughout the home.
The Ecobee smart light switch also has occupancy and daylight sensors to automatically control the lights to save energy. When you’re ready to leave your home, you can say “Alexa, I’m away” to instantly turn all lights off and adjust the home temperature.
Ecobee has not revealed pricing or availability yet for the smart light sensor. They’ve said it will be available later this year and you can sign up to be notified when it launches through their website.