GE adds Matter to Cync lighting range

  • January 10, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

GE Lighting announced at last week’s CES in Las Vegas that it will be starting to make its line of smart-home products Matter compatible during 2023.

Following through on its participation in the CSA’s Matter Working Group, GE said its Cync full-colour direct connect smart bulb and the indoor smart plug would be the first products to transition to Matter compatible versions, with more to be upgraded soon afterwards.

These Matter-compatible products will replace previous versions as they hit store shelves. Previously produced Cync products are not planned to receive retroactive Matter updates at this time. However, Cync will be adopting the Matter smart home standard with several compatible products set to launch this year and rolling out an integration with Schlage.

GE Lighting, a Savant subsidiary, announced extra Cync products during CES, including its full Dynamic Effects entertainment line that features 16 million colours, pre-set and custom light shows, on-device music-syncing and more. In addition, Cync is expanding its Wafer light fixture line following a launch last year.

As with all Cync products, they can be controlled via the Cync app.

“We’re looking forward to launching additional Cync Dynamic Effects products that expand our immersive, innovative smart home ecosystem to bring even more personalisation and fun for the home,” said Kara Perdue, vice president at GE Lighting. “Our new Cync products work seamlessly together in a single app and feature the same premium quality and attention to detail for which all GE-branded Cync products are known.”

Following the launch of Cync Dynamic Effects indoor and outdoor smart light strips late last year, the family of entertainment lighting options is expanding with the introduction of smart hexagon panels, smart neon-shape lights and smart bulbs in Aline and indoor floodlights. Featuring the ability to control using the Cync app, with no hub or bridge required, the line provides entertainment and gaming experiences.

Each product has multi-colour light shows, on-device music syncing and vivid light effects that display 16 million colours and white tones, including multiple colours simultaneously.

With on-trend smaller sizes, high ceiling and gimbal wall wash, the Cync Reveal HD+ wafer downlights have claimed industry leading brightness, as well as 16 million colours and adjustable white tones. Designed for easy installation, the products also feature quick connectors and wire clamps, as well as slim profile and remote junction box for tight spaces. In addition, accessories will include compatible square, decorative and wall wash trims for customisation and integration into any décor and a mounting template for a rough-in installation option.

Easy-to-install and connect via the Cync app, the smart wafers combine a high quality of light with the convenience of smart home control through touch and voice. They are scheduled to be available in Q3 2023.

The integration with Schlage, a brand of Allegion and provider of home security and access products, should give users an easy-to-install and control experience that delivers enhanced safety and security at home. Via the Cync app, it will connect the growing portfolio of Cync smart lighting products with the Schlage Encode and Encode Plus smart wifi deadbolts to set automations that tie lock activity to lighting actions.

Headquartered at Nela Park in east Cleveland, Ohio, GE Lighting’s roots date back nearly 130 years to Thomas Edison and the invention of the world’s first light bulb. Today, it is part of Savant Systems.