So, what’s the difference between the Lutron Smart Bridge (available on Amazon) and the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro? The short answer: about a $40 difference and two additional features. But, with the right accessories, the two additional features can pack quite a punch. To save you some time, both are great products but we recommend the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro (buy it now) — the differences below will explain why.
- Difference #1: The Smart Bridge Pro supports Lutron Triathlon shades and select styles of Sivoia QS Wireless shades; the Lutron Smart Bridge doesn’t have this option at all. However, let us clarify — the Smart Bridge Pro can control the shades mentioned above except for venetian and horizontal sheer blinds, which are apparently not supported.
The Takeaway: You can control a few more wireless devices with the Smart Bridge Pro than with the Smart Bridge.
- Difference #2: The Smart Bridge Pro can be integrated with select A/V and security systems, which includes the following brands: ELK, Alarm.com, Control4, RTI, PRO Control, BitWise Controls, iRule, Key Digital, Bang & Olufsen, Savant, URC, and Crestron Electronics.
The Takeaway: If you already have one of the system brands listed above in your home, or are planning on getting one, then Smart Bridge Pro would be, without a doubt, a better choice for you.
Now, if you aren’t familiar with all of the Smart Bridge / Smart Bridge Pro features, we’ve got a table that sums them up below.
Lutron Smart Bridge vs. Smart Bridge Pro — Full chart of features
|Features:||Smart Bridge||Smart Bridge Pro|
|Designed to support up to 50 wireless devices such as Caséta Wireless dimmers, plug-in dimmers and switches, wireless shades, Pico remote controls)||Yes||Yes|
|Can be programmed via the Lutron App (available for iOS® and Android)||Yes||Yes|
|Scene control via the Lutron App||Yes||Yes|
|Timeclock scheduling of daily events via the Lutron App||Yes||Yes|
|Connects to Wi-Fi router via Ethernet||Yes||Yes|
|Local device operation will continue to function if internet connection is lost or the Smart Bridge/Smart Bridge PRO is powered down or not communicating||Yes||Yes|
|System access from anywhere in the world using the Lutron App||Yes||Yes|
|Supports Caséta Wireless devices, Serena shades, and Pico remote controls||Yes||Yes|
|Control outside the app via widgets (iOS and Android)||Yes||Yes|
|Supports Geofencing from the Lutron App||Yes||Yes|
|Control from Apple Watch||Yes||Yes|
|Supports Siri and Apple HomeKit technology||Yes||Yes|
|Supports Sivoia QS Triathlon and select Sivoia QS Wireless shades||No||Yes|
|Integration with select A/V and security systems||No||Yes|
Lutron Smart Bridge vs. Smart Bridge Pro — Final decision
All in all, by spending about an extra $40 on the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro, you get access to having more control over more wireless devices, such as the Lutron Sivoia QS/Triathlon shades and select A/V and security systems. However, if you’re not really interested in having control over shades, A/V systems, or security systems, or you already have a preferred controls over those devices, then the Lutron Smart Bridge is the better choice for you.
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