Bring Back the Connected Bulb Remote

Bring Back the Connected Bulb Remote

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Larry Fine started this petition to Lutron Electronics

Smart home lighting provider Lutron makes probably the best, most attractive connected switches on the planet. Their Clear Connect wireless protocol offers superior range and reliability and low time delays. They are the top choice of the premium DIY smart home market.

That's why the community was so crushed when Lutron decided to discontinue one of their most beloved products, the Lutron Connected Bulb Remote (LZL-4B-WH-L01). This popular accessory switch did a job that nothing else could - fill the gap in a wall box where a switch used to be, after tying line to load to keep the smart lights always receiving power. It would then control your smart bulb easily and attractively, matching your other Lutron switches. And because it was also a versatile, small, mountable and battery-operated remote control, its other uses were virtually limitless.

For those wiring their entire homes with Lutron Caséta products, the loss of the Connected Bulb Remote is particularly painful, forcing users to choose between having consistent switches throughout the home, or having full-color LED lighting. The majority of users undertaking these projects today demand both. The Connected Bulb Remote was by far the best way to get it, and Lutron was the only company offering the integrated experience and the full spectrum of color. Now, no one is.

In the nearly one year since the announcement of the discontinuation, no other manufacturers have stepped up to offer anything like this product, even as DIYers and installers clamor every day on forums, Reddit, and on various smart devices and hub enthusiast mailing lists.  The GoControl WT00Z-1 and the ASPIRE 9542 accessory switches are but mere pretenders to the throne and don't offer the same level of functionality or price point. No real replacement for the Connected Bulb Remote is on the horizon.

Connected Bulb Remotes are going for as much as $150 each on eBay and from Amazon resellers. The people are desperate.

Lutron, please, end this madness, bring back the Connected Bulb Remote, and let us have Lutron switches AND bright, beautiful colors in EVERY ROOM!

Thank you.

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