Sunday, January 06, 2013

Belkin WeMo Light Switch: Use Your Android Device To Control Your Lights

Home automation is hardly a new thing, in fact it has been around for years. The problem is that most of these devices are fairly expensive and generally require we wiring of your house or a sophisticated control unit. Enter Belkin and their new introduced WeMo Light Switch. The WeMo is a replacement for your standard household light switches with WiFi connectivity. The cool part -- it'll be controllable from your Android device.

"Android compatibility and the ability to control full household lighting – beyond just lamps – have been the top two requests from WeMo fans since we first launched, so we are excited to announce both at the 2013 CES," said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. "Both are a natural extension of the WeMo line and help expand on our promise of delivering the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want."

The WeMo Light Switch replaces any existing light switch and connects into your home's existing electrical wiring. Once in place, you can turn a full bank of lights on and off from anywhere, put them on a schedule, or use other WeMo or online triggers to control them through a smartphone or tablet. The WeMo Light Switch is controlled via the same free WeMo app as the WeMo Switch and Motion, conveniently keeping track of all of your WeMo-enabled devices from one app.

  • Controls your homes wired lights from your iOS device
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router and any Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS v5 or higher
  • Will be compatible with Android 4.0 or higher shortly after launch
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Works with the free WeMo app
Belkin has laid the foundation to build on the WeMo product family and says they will also launch more devices with compatibility for Android devices later this year. In February, Belkin will launch an open Beta test for users of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and other leading devices and follow with an official launch for the WeMo Switch, WeMo Motion and WeMo Light Switch in the summer. To sign up for more information or alerts about WeMo, please visit

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