Lutron and Nest: A Perfect Pairing
How do the two systems work together? Here are just three examples.
- A Lutron installation allows you to create lighting and shades setups known as “scenes,” which are specific to a room or a zone in the house. You might have a pre-set evening scene, for instance, in which the home’s lights dim and the shades close in order to facilitate TV viewing. When a Nest thermostat is integrated into the system, your “evening scene” could also include raising the temperature in the home by a few degrees to keep out the nighttime chill.
- You can create scheduled “events” in a Lutron system, such as turning on the bedroom lights and opening the shades when it’s time to wake up. When Lutron and Nest are working together, you can easily add other home automation functions into the same event schedule. For example, you could program your thermostat so that your bathroom is toasty-warm by the time your lights come on, and set your “Works With Nest” espresso machine so that it has your latte ready for you when you get out of the shower.
- Nest’s smoke and carbon dioxide detection system (which makes you eligible for home insurance savings from most companies) can be integrated with Lutron products as well, so if there’s an environmental problem in your home the system can be programmed to turn on all lights in the home, to make sure you wake up immediately