Philips 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. under the ‘Friends of Hue’ umbrella there are a number of switches that don’t need batteries or mains power and work just like a traditional wall switch. Using EnOcean’s innovative harvesting technology, each press of the switch generates enough energy to send a message using Zigbee to the Philips Hue Bridge to turn your lights on and off, as well as changing brightness and scenes.
Friends of Hue Light Switches List
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.
Compatible Hue Switches
Which switches work with Philips Hue?
We look at the switches and Friend of Hue options that work with Philips Hue in more detail. They do require a bridge but all work with Philips Hue lights.
A minimal light switch design that comes in gloss white, matt white, matt black and matt anthracite. This switch also has two versions, an indoor and waterproof outdoor switch too. Control up to 50 Philips Hue lamps and lights simultaneously. The Philips Hue app allows you set your favourite settings, rooms and lighting scenes with a few simple clicks.
This Friends of Hue switch generates its own power so there is no need for mains power or a battery. Working with Apple HomeKit you can also use the switch with any compatible scene or device, including speakers like Sonos or Homepod, outdoor plugs or sprinklers.
The Senic with is a great stylish alternative to the Hue switch and dimmer, and also comes in different colors to suit your decor and home style.
Discover more at www.senic.com
A UK Friends of Hue light switch, the Retrotouch switches are a stylish and modern design that can either be fitted to replace an existing light switch, or used as a wireless, battery-free solution, stuck on any wall, wherever’s most convenient for everyday use.
These look great with a glass finish, coming in white or black, and the option of a chrome trim too. With the double switch you can turn your lights on and off, set scenes and adjust the lights brightness.
Discover more at www.retrotouch.co.uk
Busch und Jäger
A double switch option that is available in a range of colors, gray, anthracite, aluminium silver, matte white, black and ivory white. This can be wall mounted using the included sticky pad, there are no screw holes, so this is not an option. The design is minimal although the main switch plate is chunky with a thick design, so it will stand prouder from the wall than your standard wall switch.
If this style suits you then this is a great option, it isn’t cheap but is well made and works well.
“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.”
Vimar Smart Light Control
Another stylish well built friends of hue smart light switch, this switch can be wall mounted using screws or stick pads, like other switches this can be bought in different colours, it is very well built, and works well with Hue.
Discover more at www.vimar.com
A smilier switch design to the Hue dimmer and tap, the Runlesswire switch is a friends of Hue product that requires no batteries or wiring, it works in the same way as the Hue tap and uses kinetic energy.
This switch can be connected to your Hue bridge and can be used to change scenes, turn lights on and off as well as a dimmer too. This can be screw mounted or attached to the wall using sticky pads that come included. Ensure you have the latest bridge which is more square, and not the round first generation bridge.
The RunLessWire switch works with Homekit, Alexa and Google Assistant.
Lutron – Aurora smart bulb dimmer
A new switch from Lutron covers a traditional wall switch and turns it in a a smart dimmer switch that works with your Hue lights.
A common complaint and wish has been for something to cover or work with fixed wall light switches, people who are not familiar with your smart lights will just turn the wall switch on or off which will usually turn your hue lights off.
Named Aurora this dimmer is Lutron’s first product to work with Hue lights and costs $39.95. It connects wirelessly to a Hue system without any secondary hub needed. Setup and management of the Aurora are handled through the Hue app on an iOS or Android device.
This clever switch will cover your traditional switch taking just a couple of minutes to install and no wiring is needed to be done. As it is installed over a traditional light switch it prevents the switch from being used while acting and looking like the normal light switch.
“The Aurora smart bulb dimmer locks an existing toggle light switch in the “on/up” position. That way, no one can accidentally turn the switch—and your Hue smart bulb functionality—off. Ships with mounting base and rotary dimmer.”
The Aurora switch is available for order from MeetHue.com with shipping expected fro be in June.
Hue Smart Button
The latest button from Hue is the small smart button, a simple push button that comes with a wall mount. The button itself has a magnetic back so it can be placed on a magnetic surface such as a fridge door or stuck using the sticky back to a flat surface.
The switch can be set to turn lights on and off, and a push and hold can dim lights too. A small and simple button that allows you to have a physical switch for turning Hue lights on and off.
How to add 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?
Readers of this site are always asking for a replacement Hue switch, not that covers the switch but is hard wired. Well this new ‘Friends of Hue’ switch is a clever and unique design that will be available in the second quarter for a recommended retail price of 79.90 Euros.
Hidden Socket with Friends of Hue switch
The cleverly named and designed ‘The Hiding Place‘ from Germany turns your light switch into a hidden socket that then has a new Hue switch cover or a place to add a Hue tap. Sliding the button cover up reveals a plug socket which can also come with USB ports too.
This is designed to be an easy retrofit product replacing an excising light switch you have.
The patented switch has an easy to release push function which allows the switch to open up revealing the socket, and can be simply pushed back down to hide the socket. There is an integrated lock that uses a magnetic key to prevent access to the socket as a security and safety feature. This switch is part of the Friends of Hue, and works seamlessly with Hue and can be set up via the Hue app.
The switches can be set up to
- Turn lights on/off
- Color changes
- Setting Light scenes or routines
The model above is the hidden socket with Hue Switch, it can also be bought in a slightly more expensive version that has 2 USB ports as well as the socket and has a charging cradle attached making it ideal for charging your phone. This will retail for 109.90 Euros.
If you are a fan of the Hue tap then you can get a version that allows you to insert the Hue tap, instead of using a switch like above. The Hue tap version is 39.90 Euros, or 79.90 Euros with the USB ports and charging cradle.
View more information on their website at https://www.dieversteckdose.de/hidden-socket/
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