CLEVELAND, Ohio – September 18, 2017 – The industry’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated lighting product – C by GE Sol – is now available at Amazon.com andCbyGE.com. Sol, which gets its namesake from the circular shape and illumination of the sun, combines functional illumination, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you’d find in an Amazon Alexa product in a contemporary table lamp without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device.
In addition to using Sol to order your dinner, listen to the latest headlines, play music or respond to a host of other Alexa voice commands, the LED lamp with microphones and a speaker can control all Alexa-compatible products in your home, from connected light bulbs to thermostats to home appliances. It can also access more than 20,000 Alexa skills.
“Sol with Alexa is a seamless way for customers to integrate voice into their smart homes,” said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. “Using Sol with Alexa, customers can use just their voice to turn their lights off at bedtime or brighten a room in the morning, set a timer or alarm, and access Alexa’s 20,000-plus skills.”
Sol also offers these unique lighting features via a CbyGE Alexa skill:
Five Different White Lights: From crisp energizing light to help you stay alert in the office to soft, relaxing light to help you unwind in the family room, Sol has five white tunable light options for your control. Simply tell Alexa to make the light warmer or cooler to adjust the color temperature based on your mood and your need, all without changing a light bulb. Use one of the many prompts such as, “Alexa, make my Sol light cooler,” or “Alexa turn my Sol light to warm white.”
Sleep-Enabled Light: Included in Sol’s light options are two white lights designed to help reinforce the body’s natural rhythm and melatonin production to prepare for sleep and awaken more efficiently. A warm light is used to help increase melatonin before bed, while a cool, vibrant light helps produce energy in the morning. Adjust this as you go, or schedule times within the C by GE app based on your sleep habits for extra convenience.
Visual Timer: Now there is a visual cue to go along with setting a timer. In Sol, the inner ring lights up blue once you set a timer and gradually scales back as time counts down, giving you a quick reference point to how much time remains mid-way through a task. Just say, “Alexa, set a timer for five minutes,” or the time of your choosing, to set the timer.
Visual Clock: In addition to asking Sol what time it is you can also see the time visually by enabling the clock function. Within the inner ring, you’ll see an LED illuminate blue where the hour hand would go in a traditional clock and illuminate red where the minute hand would be placed.
C by GE Bulb Control: Want to bring connected lighting to other places in the home? GE’s C Life and C Sleep bulbs throughout the home can also be controlled by Sol – no additional hardware required.
“Sol is really about extending an experience for consumers, letting them tap into something they use throughout the day – light – to unleash the possibilities of the smart home,” says Jeff Patton, General Manager Connected Home Products, GE Lighting. “It’s breaking boundaries as the first product of its kind, not only for its voice integration but for its unique lighting features designed to help homeowners do more.”
Sol was designed in part by Richard Clarkson, famed designer of The Cloud, a cloud-shaped ceiling fixture that produces a motion-triggered lightning and thunder performance. In addition to voice control, the product can also be controlled via a free C by GE app for iPhone or Android devices.
About CbyGE GE’s C by GE brand unleashes the ultimate living experience through a suite of connected products that enable homeowners to do more and be better. Part of the GE Lighting portfolio, C by GE products build on the company’s century of innovation, invention and imagination at work. Our deep understanding of the home and our expertise in the connectivity of things results in simple, connected designs to help people thrive.
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