Caseta

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Released
5 years ago
Price
$64.95
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About

A range of smart light switches designed to allow simple smart control of lighting without the need for complex configuration or replacement of existing lightbulbs.

Caseta offers a range of smart light switches that work in configurations without a neutral wire. There are options that replace both single-pole and three-way (multiple light switch) lighting configurations. 

Unlike other smart switches, Caseta does not rely on WiFi to communicate, instead using a proprietary radio communication format.

Our review

You've looked at smart lights like Philips Hue and want to add some smarts to your own home, but without breaking the bank–Lutron's Caseta range is for you (provided you live in North America).

Caseta is a simple smart switch that replaces your existing switch, and makes dumb lights smart. That's especially compelling if you're in a house with many lights on a single circuit, where replacing them with Hue would get too expensive, too quickly.

What you need to know

The difference with a smart switch like Caseta is that you'll need to be comfortable opening your wall and wiring switches yourself (or have an electrician in mind to do it). That said, it's simple enough to do, and will save you tons of money in the long run.

To get in on Caseta, you need to pick up the Caseta Hub, which allows the light switches to communicate.

Each switch runs about $65, and they support multi-pole (multiple light switch) configurations, as well as ceiling fans. Best of all, you don't need a neutral wire in your home–which is required by many other smart switches and can make wiring them yourself a non-starter.

Caseta is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as integrating with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple's HomeKit standard. There's no subscription fees involved, and you can add up to 50 switches to the system.

Why we like Caseta

Unlike other smart lighting we've tested, Caseta has been rock-solid and incredibly reliable–because it doesn't rely on WiFi or Bluetooth. Instead, it uses the company's own Hub, which is the backbone of the system, and has caused us far fewer issues than with a direct WiFi connection configuration, as found in other switches like Kasa.

The reason we're so into Caseta is that it works with so many different configurations, such as compatibility with the company's plug-in switches, wireless remotes and even window shades. On top of that, it has the best-feeling physical controls on the market, with simple, subtle indicators and nice tactile buttons.

Compared with replacing each individual bulb in your home with a system like Philips Hue, you'll save a ton of cash. Lutron considered the most important features in its apps–putting light controls front-and-center–instead of trying to load them with unnecessary add-ons, and it doesn't spam you about the company's other products.

Essentially, it's a well integrated, well designed, simple system that adds the smarts found in smart bulbs, without the annoying bits–like not being able to use your existing light switches. If you want to add just a little smart to your home, this is it, and it'll work regardless of the type of wiring you have.

The best place to start? The Smart Start Kit, which includes a bunch of switches and the hub, which saves you cash up-front, and gets you on your feet right away.

Last updated 2 months ago

Device basics

These 8 points help you understand how a device's basic functionality compares.

  • Privacy
  • Data Ownership
  • Lifespan
  • Security
  • Standards support 🚨
  • Works offline
  • Subscription-free
  • Software updates

Privacy

Our score: ✅
To date, Caseta doesn't appear to have been breached and uses reasonable security practices, while promising to not share your data with other vendors.

Data Ownership

Our score: ✅
Caseta can be used without internet or any sort of connection, so it should continue to function beyond any sort of service shutdown and could be used without even creating an account (though we'd question why you're buying smart lights, in that scenario).

Lifespan

Our score: ✅
Caseta has a long history of supporting its products and hasn't discontinued any connected devices to date.

Security

Our score: ✅
No security breaches have been reported to date about Caseta.

Standards support

Our score: 🚨
Caseta requires a proprietary hub that does not support open standards to function. 

It does, however, support integrations such as Samsung SmartThings, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and more, however these integrations function in the cloud.

Works offline

Our score: ✅
Because Caseta uses its own communication standard and replaces existing light switches, they function fully when the internet is down, or if Wifi is missing entirely. 

The switches can be operated in the absence of internet entirely due to their hard-wired natured.

Subscription-free

Our score: ✅
Caseta does not require a paid subscription beyond the purchase of the company's hardware.

Software updates

Our score: ✅
To date, Caseta has received regular updates to add new features and integrations with new voice assistants. It also updates it's app for each major mobile operating system update.

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