The cloud servers of the smart lighting system Osram Lightify will be switched off next week, as the company has now confirmed. Lighting control will thus only be possible in the local network in the future.
On 31 August is the end
Osram had already announced the shutdown of the Lightify cloud server connection about one and a half years ago, but on August 31, 2021 it will then finally be completed. Users should therefore make sure that the corresponding products have the latest firmware in the coming days.
This also applies in particular to the corresponding Osram Lightify gateways, which can no longer be used with outdated device software in the future. However, the shutdown of the cloud servers will not only result in the discontinuation of lighting control via the Internet; the connection to the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants will also be completely eliminated.
From September 2021, device control will only be possible in the local Wi-Fi network via the Lightify app. Lightify gateways currently run on version number 126.96.36.199 – however, WLAN operation is already possible from version 188.8.131.52, as Osram reveals. Which functions are still available after the server shutdown, Osram has revealed on its own homepage.
Lightify support will be completely discontinued
Osram also reveals that compatibility with future versions of the iOS and Android operating systems cannot be guaranteed after August 31. Support for Lightify products will also be completely discontinued at the end of September 2021.
The reason given by the manufacturer is that its own system is simply no longer competitive with regard to the competition in the smart lighting systems segment. Already five years ago, the business with end customers was completely discontinued and transferred to the Chinese group Ledvance. Their Smart+ product range is much more future-proof and also supports, for example, Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue and, in part, Apple’s HomeKit.