Knightsbridge plays its smart hand


In a move to offer contractors and their customers the benefits of smart home technology, Knightsbridge is launching a comprehensive range of intelligent wiring accessories and lighting products that can be controlled by its very own app, SmartKnight.

At the heart of the range are the two 13A, 2-gang, smart switched sockets, manufactured to match the designs of its existing square and curved edge range of moulded switches and sockets. These feature a power monitoring function so that the homeowner can see live power usage on the socket in kWh and a green indicator on the socket shows if the relevant gang is on. Appliances attached to the socket will be controllable remotely or by voice. For outdoor use there is an IP66, 2-gang switched socket, that works up to 40m from the house depending on Wi-Fi signal coverage.

For lighting applications, there is a range of smart LED downlights which can provide a raft of lighting scenarios. Depending on the model installed, the homeowner can vary not only the colour temperature from warm white to daylight and everything in between but also the RGB colour with over 16 million options available.

The range also features several useful ancillaries to extend the smart capability of the home such as a 16A smart plug adaptor, a 10A 3-gang smart extension lead with a quad USB charger, and smart motion and entry sensors.

Designed to be easily installed and quickly configured into the user-friendly SmartKnight app, the wiring accessories and lighting products can be controlled via a smartphone. To get started the customer simply downloads the SmartKnight app to their smartphone from either Google Play or the Apple App store and follows the instructions.

Once downloaded they will be able to take advantage of a variety of features, including timers, schedules, scenes, and geo-fencing (so devices can activate when the customer gets home). And customers can also issue instructions to either Alexa or Google Assistant to turn on downlights or turn off connected appliances.

The Knightsbridge range of smart products requires no expensive hubs or gateways. Instead, it uses the existing home router via which a simple-to-use smart system can be installed that offers convenience, flexibility and scalability. Whatever the customer’s appetite for ‘smart’ is, the Knightsbridge range can help satisfy it.

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