LifeSmart, a company based in China, have been around for a while now, and around 2017, some of their devices were being touted as HomeKit compatible, albeit via their Smart Station hub, which included the usual range of products like door/window sensors, environment sensors, light switches, light strips and bulbs. The only issue there was that the hub wasn’t actually certified by Apple, and as such relied on a bit of software within the company’s own app to generate a HomeKit code for the aforementioned bridge. This beta app portion of the app eventually vanished, with rumours that Apple had insisted they remove it.
Fast forward to 2019, and it looks like, as we’ve mentioned a few times before, LifeSmart have gone legit and passed certification to be officially HomeKit compatible for a variety of their products.
This large list of products includes both the LifeSmart Smart Station and Smart Station Pro. Both hubs/bridges connect to your network via ethernet, then communicate with many of their devices using a 433MHz RF protocol, similar to what Lutron uses for their bridge. Both Smart Stations can connect up to a staggering 500 devices.
Four wired smart switches, including the Starry, Stellar, Blend and the newest model, simply labelled the LifeSmart Smart Switch, which looks like it could be for the North American market, due to the dimensions.
Lighting products include the Blend Smart Bulb, which we briefly reviewed when we started the site, and the Blend Light Strip. The Blend light bulb also is provided as a Bluetooth version that doesn’t require the hub but also doesn’t connect to HomeKit.
Two motion sensors, with the ‘Cube’ version essentially one of the smallest on the market, using a CR2450 battery, and the regular motion sensor, which uses AAA batteries. Also included is the Cube Environment Sensor, which includes a small LCD screen to show humidity and temperature.
A door/window sensor and a water leak sensor.
and finally, a smart plug, a smart wall socket (both for China, but US and EU ones will be available), and two switch modules, with one labelled ‘Pro’, which is designed to work with 1,2 and 3-way switches.
LifeSmart make a lot of other products that aren’t currently HomeKit compatible, including locks, curtain controllers, an IR Blaster/night light, a human presence sensor, a switch with built-in motion sensor, and a couple of cameras, so the company are already in a great position to take on the likes of Xiaomi when it comes to a complete smart home solution. Exciting times!
Thanks to Yeh Bing Feng for the heads up.