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Osram axes server support for smart lights

An Osram LIghtify gateway is installed on a wall
Users of its Lightify system must now use a gateway from another supplier within 18 months if their systems are to continue to function.

OSRAM IS shutting down server support for its smart lamps, the company has announced.

Users of its Lightify system must now use a gateway from another supplier within 18 months if their systems are to continue to function.

Osram says that more and more smart-lighting customers prefer comprehensive smart home systems which control more than just lighting. 

These include intelligent assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Homekit.

‘Customers are no longer controlling their lighting via a separate lighting control system or gateway,’ said the company. 

Both Osram, the manufacturer of the Lightify platform, and Ledvance, the exclusive distributor of the Lightify gateway, say the decision to stop server support merely takes heed of this trend. 

Osram will be shutting down the cloud server for controlling the Lightify gateway on August 31, 2021. 

Ledvance finished selling the gateway at the start of 2019. 

Smart+ products from Ledvance, some of which are still sold under the brand name of Osram, are compatible with a large number of major smart home platforms and are optimised for control with intelligent assistants. 

As a result, they will continue to work with these platforms. More information will be made available by Ledvance. 

Lightify customers were informed today in a newsletter and will also be notified separately directly in the app. 

Customers have one and a half years to switch to an alternative smart-home platform where they can continue to use their smart lamps and luminaires under the ZigBee standard. Only local functions will be possible from August 31, 2021. 

Having sold off the household lamps business back in 2016, Osram is continuing its journey to becoming a photonics company with the shutdown of the Lightify cloud server.