Lighting control startup Orro recently introduced the Orro Switch. It is the world’s most advanced responsive and adaptive home lighting system. The term “smart lighting” is bandied about frequently to attract people who want to control the lights in their homes by means other than flipping manual switches. Most smart lights connect to home Wi-Fi networks, either directly or through hubs. After which users can control and manage the lights with mobile apps or, increasingly, with voice commands.
With Orro Switch, you no longer need to use a smartphone, although the mobile app has additional capabilities. All Orro Switch features are “opt-in,” including which sensors are activated and what data is shared with the app and the cloud.
The Orro Switch has an onboard microprocessor and an array of four sensors. The sensors detect motion, sound, proximity, and ambient light. The Orro switch adjusts to sunrise and sunset, incorporating natural light rhythms with the times you turn lights on and off and the brightness levels you choose. The microprocessor includes a universal dimmer that works with all lighting fixtures and bulbs.
According to Orro, installing and setting up an Orro Switch takes just five to 15 minutes with common household tools. Because Orro uses industrial and automotive electrical components in its switches, it claims the Orro Switch will last at least ten years.
Orro founder and CEO Colin Billings said, he founded Orro when he began having problems sleeping and discovered the significant effect light has on sleep quality. While, natural light changes during the day and humans have been living with artificial light for a relatively short period of total human existence. By accounting for and adjusting our lighting to natural light cycles in our daily lives we can improve our sleep, Billings says.
If multiple Orro Switches are installed in the same home, they can be configured to work together. So, the new switches get up to speed instantly on data about your use of light plus the extra data points enrich the overall system’s “knowledge.”