Home automation could well become a new niche for Lidl. The discount supermarket chain recently launched a home automation box and a whole range of connected products for the home.
Nothing escapes Lidl or, you could say, no actor escapes the connected house. The German discount distribution giant recently presented a smart home hub and a whole range of products that go with it. A first foot for a low price in a fast-growing universe.
A desirable, cheaper and easy solution
This home automation solution, called Lidl Smart Home, is based on the Zigbee 3.0 protocol, one of the most common. This assures the consumer of compatibility with many other products. Both the box and peripherals are sold under the SilverCrest brand. Lidl is said to have called on the Chinese group Tuya to design its products.
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Lidl does not only market a box and a few sensors for door openings or movements. His Smart Home also consists of connected bulbs, smart sockets, ceiling lights and even an LED string light or even an LED strip to attach wherever you want.
And the prices are as low as you would expect. In Belgium, because we could not find the price list for France, the Livarno Lux starter kit including the hub, 3 connected white LED lamps and a remote control is displayed for 47.99 euros (56.99 euros with white + RGB lamps). Lamps, detectors and connected sockets start at 9.99 euros. The home automation gateway sold alone costs 19.99 euros.
Control via smartphone, voice or remote control
To manage everything, you have to use the Lidl Home application (available on Android and iOS). It allows you to control the lighting (even change the color) like your home appliances via connected power outlets. And you can even do it with your voice with the supported Google Assistant.
Lidl also offers a remote control to use with the Hub to control everything without the need for a smartphone or tablet. It can support up to 25 fixtures, create four lighting scenarios.
The supermarket chain boasts ” easy installation and use »And its great compatibility with the systems of other Zigbee platforms. SilverCrest connected accessories can thus be used with Philips Hue and Osram Lightify lamps, be it the Lidl Hub or another Zigbee compatible gateway. Lidl Home products are starting to appear in various European countries where the chain is located (Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Portugal, Great Britain, etc.).
> It’s hard to know if France is currently concerned, but customers of certain stores would have noticed. When asked about the question, Lidl France has not yet answered us.