New Hue Compatible Light Switches
Philips already have a couple of options that give you a physical switch that you can use with your Hue set up, these are the tap Hue Tap, and the dimmer switch. These are great however what if you want to replace your physical wall switch. At the moment there is nothing on the market that does this other than covers which will then hold the dimmer switch.
Philips Hue Lightswitches
Philips have announced new partnerships with Feller, Niko and Vimar under the ‘Friends of Hue Switch’, these are lighting management control companies that reduce light switches. They will become new Friends of Hue partners making compatible light switches that will work seamlessly with Philips Hue.
Current available switches
- Niko dimmer switch for Hue system
- Vimar 0K03906.02 Radio Frequency Control Kit Philips Friends of Hue
Niko news release – “Using the Philips Hue app, you can configure the switches suiting your needs: switch your Modular lighting on/off at a touch of a button, select up to four pre-programmed scenes, dim the light to create a specific mood in your space. All these options straight from the wall switch.
Being fully wireless, the Niko switches can be freely positioned on the wall without the need for electrical wiring or installation. And since they use power harvesting (battery-free) technology, installers, building managers or consumers will never have to replace a battery or think about maintenance. The switches work wherever, whenever.”
Adding Hue Light Switches
The Hue app has been updated with a feature that shows the add hue switches under accessories, it then shows you how to add new switches that are part of the friends of Hue.
No power Needed
These switches will work just like the Hue tap, where pressing the button on the switch generates enough power to turn your lights on. Therefore there is no need to wire your light switches to the main power or replace your current switches.
From the press release it read –
“These new Friends of Hue switches provide the perfect way to bring the benefits and features of Philips Hue to a wider audience and are an addition to the existing control options such as the Philips Hue app, wireless dimmer switch, voice control, schedules and sensors. With the flick of a switch you and your guests can use the smart wall switch to control your Philips Hue lights, without interrupting power to the system, as would be the case with a standard wall switch,” said Evert Schaeffer, Head of product management, Friends of Hue at Philips Lighting. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to grow the Philips Hue ecosystem to make connected lighting experiences more accessible for our customers in their homes.”
The Friends of Hue smart switches offered by these partners will adhere to the standards of their respective markets. The first wave of Friends of Hue switches is planned to be available from the fourth quarter of 2018.
The compatible light switches are expected to be able to turn your lights on and off, dim them and also change to your favorite scenes. By partnering with these companies a range of styles and options can be brought to market making it easier to find a solution that matches the style and decor of your home.
Hard Wires Switches?
There are no Philips hue wired switches on the market, and I don’t expect to see any from Philips. Hue Compatible Light switches don’t require mains power and therefore no wiring is needed. Although these act as a traditional normal light switch, they can be installed anywhere.
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