Unlike indoor smart home gadgets, connected outdoor appliances have an extra problem to deal with in the form of unpredictable weather. Lutron aims to address that with its new CasÃ©ta Outdoor Smart Plug, which is designed to withstand the elements through every season and lets you toggle your outdoor electronics on and off even when it looks too miserable to step outside yourself.
The CasÃ©ta Outdoor Smart Plug is an addition to Lutronâ€™s larger CasÃ©ta smart lighting system. Itâ€™s IP65 rating means it should stand up to rain and snow, but Lutron also claims the device is essentially â€œdustproofâ€� and â€œsunproofâ€� as well. The plug can also survive temperatures from -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Engadget.
Like an indoor smart plug, this outdoor one can control power to anything connected to it, from outdoor string lights to pumps for fountains. The plug also allows you to automate the process, so if you like your patio lights to turn on at sunset during the summer, the CasÃ©ta Smart Plug can save you the hassle of doing it manually. Lutron also notes that the smart plug includes a â€œsmart timerâ€� that should account for daylight saving time.
The plug can be controlled through the Lutron app, but itâ€™s also compatible with major smart home platforms and assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.
Lutron expects to ship the CasÃ©ta Outdoor Plug starting in March for $79.95.
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