febrero 22, 2024

HomeKit Weekly: Leviton ofrece un enchufe inteligente para exteriores compatible con Matter como preparación para las decoraciones navideñas

As summer turns to fall, I am already starting to see retail stores slowly bring out some Christmas items, and there’s one thing that you need to have ready to go ahead of time – an outdoor smart plug. For outdoor Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, etc. – smart plugs that can handle moisture and cold weather are a must-have. Recently, Leviton delivered a new Matter-enabled smart plug that works perfectly with HomeKit.

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.

Why can’t you use indoor plugs outdoors?

You might be tempted to think: “A smart plug is a smart plug, right? Why can’t I just use my indoor smart plug outside?” Well, it’s not that simple. I mean, technically they’ll work, but they likely won’t last a full season. Indoor smart plugs lack the weatherproofing that their outdoor counterparts have. This includes resistance to rain, snow, and even the UV rays from the sun if in an uncovered area. These are not just “nice-to-have” features; they’re essential for safe operation and making the product last year to year.

Hardware information

The Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter has strong weather protection designed to withstand the elements via a wide operating temperature range (-20F to 122F) and an IP65 rating to protect from dirt, dust, moisture, rain, sprinklers, hoses, snow, and UV corrosion.

Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter

Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter hardware automation

One thing I really like about the Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter in my testing is it brings some hardware automation I’ve not seen in a HomeKit product before. Out of the box, it has a built-in light sensor that can automatically turn on lamps, lights, etc. during evening hours and turn off during daylight hours without having to program a schedule or create an automation. While I have no issues using HomeKit automations, this is a perfect addition to a smart plug. I’d love to see more vendors work in these types of automations in the future. It can be disabled in the My Leviton app if you want, though. It’s definitely giving me some ideas for future hardware automations that should be built into other products.

Adding a Matter device to HomeKit

Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter on HomeKit

So much of what made HomeKit easy to use is at the foundation of Matter. What Matter enables for as a HomeKit user is that if you ever want to move to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa in the future, you’ll know that all of your Matter devices can easily be reused. The QR code-based onboarding of Matter devices is very similar to HomeKit only devices. Leviton includes the Matter code on the underside of the device, but they also include it on the manual as well. Especially for outdoor devices, I appreciate having a backup code incase the weather fades the original over the years.

One thing that HomeKit has gotten a lot better about over the years is recommending some automations to you as you set it up. As you can see in the photo above, the first two automations are perfect for an outdoor light. I want it to come on at sunset, but go off at 11:00 PM.

Wrap-up on Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter

Leviton has delivered a great product here with its outdoor smart plug. I love that it supports Matter out of the box without needing a firmware update. I love the built in hardware automation. It’s a well-made device that I’ll certainly be using this Christmas on our front porch to power some Christmas decorations.

You can purchase the new Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug with Matter from Amazon or Home Depot.

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