A ceiling fan speed control was the number one thing on every Caseta by Lutron enthusiast's list, and for CES 2019 it's now a reality. Starting in March, you can get both the fan control module and the Pico wireless remote. While you can control the fan with your voice using Lutron's app, Alexa or Google Assistant, the remote is great for those times when you just want to immediately adjust the fan with a quick tap. The remote is intuitive to use — press the up arrow, your fan goes faster — making the Caseta easy to use even for kids or the less tech-savvy among us. And if you need to match your decor, the Pico is available in black, white, light almond and ivory.
Of course, the new Caseta fan control works best when its integrated with the smart lighting control system using the Lutron smart bridge. Using a ceiling fan with Caseta means you can incorporate it into existing schedules and scenes features. Schedules would allow you to set a time to turn your fan on just before you get home from work, or turn it down a notch when the sun sets that day. You could use a scene to set the ambiance for a particular activity, too — incorporating a fan into your brightly lit workout scene would be perfect.
Because your fans and lighting can all be controlled via the app, you can also adjust your fan from as far as your phone signal holds out. Whether you've forgotten to turn off your fan before you go on vacation, or just turning it on without getting up from the couch when your kids yell at you from across the house, using the app can make life so much easier.
The Caseta fan control is $80 and the fan Pico remote costs an additional $42. Look for it in stores this March.