Trend Watch: Irrigation & Lighting Controls That Integrate with Your Customers’ Smart Home Speakers

Using your voice to do home tasks may seem awkward at first, but megabrands are counting on it becoming natural.    And that means irrigation and landscape lighting controls too.

“Alexa turn on the front yard lights.”

Speaking to a device in your home is dramatically faster and easier than fussing with an app on your smart phone.   Commands don’t need to be entered through an interface.  Instead they’re captured from your voice.   Consumers can now be entertained or informed, simply by giving a command.

Manufacturers are introducing products – from microwaves to door locks to sprinkler irrigation controllers – that they’re compatible with voice-activated digital assistants like Alexa (the voice of Amazon’s Echo smart home speaker).

Amazon has an early lead in the market with 70% share of the total installed base of smart home speakers.   As a result, major brands including LG, Whirlpool and Samsung have introduced products that leverage the Amazon Alexa platform.

Irrigation brands like Hunter, Rain Bird and Toro have products that integrate with Alexa.   Plus landscape lighting products like Unique’s Light Logic are planning to add the capability.

Your Central representative can help you select the right products for compatibility with your customers’ lawn sprinkler or landscape lighting systems.  Don’t ignore how this trend can help you sell system upgrades and can differentiate your company from other contractors in your market.