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New Hue Compatible Light Switches

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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 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.”

Niko dimmer switch for Hue system

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.

Adding Hue Switches

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.

Article written by Mike

Founder of Hue Home Lighting, huge Hue fan with Hue bulbs all over my home from kitchen to bedroom and garden.

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38 Comments

  1. Christopher Lee Sanchez

    Seriously, Phillips still cannot get right. Let me make this easy, take an existing Phillips Hue Dimmer switch, scale it down to the size of a decorated switch, add a mini transformer on the back and provide 3 connection points. Aeotec got a micro switch size down pretty small, complete with contacts. Why don’t we have this already? I currently use Z-wave switches and a Samsung SmartThings to translate protocols to Hue. It does work as good as Hue Dimmer. But as long as I have light switches, people will use those instead of dimmer switches just taped to the wall.

    New switches looks nice, but they are a complex answer to a question few in the US have asked for. Just give us a suitable hard wired switch replacement.

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    • Scott Jones

      I totally agree! I got excited about the headline of this article, but then realized it meant nothing. Philips Hue, if you are listening, consumers want a hard-wired switch to replace the standard light switch. Still holding my breath after all this time…

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      • Michał Bieńkowski

        I also agree! Philps Hue, listen to customers! Please introduce the wired version that could replace usual wall switches. Lights strips could also have a better solution for the building electrical installation integration. BTW if Philips Hue is so against the cables, why the bridge requires even two?! Why not use WIFI or at least power over ethernet?

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        • KR1SeS

          POE would require an upgrade of most home owners existing switch/router. WiFi is not nearly as reliable as wired.

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  2. Benjamin t Gerold

    Hue Bulbs don’t pass the wife test. If there is a switch on the wall, the wife will use it.

    In order to effectively use this by someone who isn’t going to use their phone, or Alex etc. There is a switch on my wall now that controls the lights. I need a smart switch that I can put in there that will turn the connected lights, and any other hue bulbs that I want to connect on and off….

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  3. Jodhua

    This is great news! I love hue but was thinking of switching due to no compatible switches. Now have your team work on compatible sockets, (smart electricsl sockets) and I’m a lifer.

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  4. Kelvin

    Philips should also make a plain (NOT dimmer) switch replacement.

    I have a high wattage, bright yard light. Not dimmable. I am often not by its wall switch when I find I need to turn it on (or off).

    Siri would happily light up the back yard, except Hue has no way yet to toggle a SPST switch.

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    • James SYKES

      It’s impossible to make a non dimmable smart switch in the UK because our houses do not have a neutral wire.

      dimmable smart switches such as the LightwaveRF close the circuit and they use that power to run the electronics within the switch. it then uses the dimming function to raise the voltage on the line up to something that will run the lights.

      So just bear that in mind. You will have to put up with a dimmable smart switch if you expect you install it in a typical UK household. That or rewire your entire house.

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      • Brendan W

        I wouldn’t say impossible. There are Z-Wave dimmers/switches (Namely AEOTEC Nano Dimmer) that work without a Neutral and can be a switch or dimmer so can do both dimmable and non-dimmable lights.

        Technology exists to function using the voltage leak of the load to power the electronics.

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  5. David

    I echo comments here. I wish to replace a ceiling fan with a standard ceiling lighting fixture that has 8 sockets for A19 bulbs. I realize Philips would rather me buy 8 Hue bulbs instead. Not gonna happen. I do have Hue color bulbs in other parts of the house where needed. In this case, I wish to have a basic, dimmable ceiling light controllable from the Hue or HomeKit app. A hardwired dimmer switch interfaced with the Hue smart bridge will do the trick perfectly…if Philips offered such a thing. Or am I missing something? Someone mentioned this as an option. Any experiences? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CVL9SZF/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1LI3732S35AXT&psc=1

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  6. Christophe

    Hello I live on Belgium => sorry for maybe bad English expressions ^^

    I saw that some people are not quite happy because we will still have our initial switch from our initial electrical installation and it may cause some trouble with guests, wife, kids, etc…..

    But I think the presented smart switches answer to this problem. Correct me if I ‘m wrong but We could follow these steps (with Niko for me):

    1) I’m building my new home right now with a classis “niko” installation
    2) I will buy some philips hue lights + bridge
    3) I will buy some “smart switches” from niko
    4) In my house, I will remove my “classis Niko” switch
    5) Then, I will merge the light cable and the switch cable => The light will be always ON
    6) I install the smart switch above (instead of classic switch)
    7) I installed Philips Hue lights and I use the app to create my scenes for each switch

    With that, we won’t have additional switch => We replace the classic by the smarts one

    Am I correct?

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    • Carl

      Hard wiring a light socket isn’t likely to be up to electrical safety standards. How will you safely replace a bulb? Every appliance needs to be switched, and no, your circuit breaker isn’t sufficient.

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  7. Stephen

    This is great news as the current dimmer does not match existing UK face plates and looks odd. Where hidden zigbee strips have been installed with isolator the light switches are a good option.

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  8. Jonas A.

    Will these be sold in Denmark, and will they be compatible with the LK Fuga size standard?

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  9. Parker

    I’m remodeling my house and would love to have the latest Phillips Hue lights and switches. But I’m struggling to imagine how the lights should get wired. With these switches, they should go on the walls where people expect to find them. But, I still need regular switches to be an over-ride, right? I can’t imagine anyone recommends have lights just wired to be always on. So now, my question is, do I really want to put the real light switches in a closer somewhere, like a circuit breaker? What if I want to replace a bulb with regular bulbs some day?

    Will these switches have a shape such that they can cover an existing switch? That would be ideal.

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    • Pedro

      Parker, your Hue lights should always be powered, even if they’re turned on. The whole concept of smart lights breaks down if your lights aren’t connected and you have to go around turning on the power. If you provide real light switches, people in your home are going to end up turning them off. Instead, have them permanently wired to be powered on and replace switches with smart versions that turn on/off lights via the Hue protocol, not by cutting/adding power. Your backup power cut is at your breaker board. While I’ve never had lights refuse to turn off, I could cut the power to them on my breaker board if it came to that. I use Siri on my HomePod or AppleWatch, the Home app and Hue Taps spread around. The Taps seem to work directly with lights instead of through the Hue hub. Sometimes I don’t get internet out on my patio but the Hue Tap on the patio always turns on/off the lights. It’s a good last resort before going to the breaker board.

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  10. unclespeedo

    I’m glad so many people are voicing the same concerns I have. I landed on this page with a web search for “philips hue two switch circuit”.

    If you aren’t going to provide a replacement for a wired switch, please provide us with some safe recommendations/best practices.

    As long as my traditional light switches exist, the philips hue home comes with a large caveat.

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  11. Peter

    I have a Hue White Ambiance E27 Starter Kit in my shopping basket. Did some research. Ended up here. Alas… no purchase until I can swap out my physical switches.

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  12. Hue Home Lighting

    Philips have updated the Hue app with a section for ‘Friends of Hue Switch’ user the accessories section, so we must be close, however it is up to the switch manufacturers as to when they are released.

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  13. Simple Solution

    Unfortunately, everyone still trying over complicated solution to a simple problem… For those of us with basic wired light switches, need a wired replacement. Not always going to use a phone or voice solution like Siri for every light. Also completely crazy to totally rewrite entire house w/ an extra wire for smart switch (with constant power) or add a battery powered cover over existing switches or have multiple switches for the same light, one of which the wife/kids/guest isn’t supposed to use. The simple answer is a very small slider on the bottom of a basic switch to meet requirement that a switch can be used to cut power with a more prominent paddle above to send light control on/off message to hue w/o cutting power. When that finally happens it will be much easier for the masses to consider adopting hue to the whole home vs a single room gimmick.

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  14. Andrew

    Do these new switches work well? I’m sorry to be blunt, but the Hue tap switch is horrible. I purchased one then almost immediately returned it for refund. It was imprecise, didn’t always work, and felt clunky. I would actually rather have a decent device with a battery to worry about, than a self-powered device that is so clunky as the hue tap switch.

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  15. James Elson

    I agree with the other comments here. I really need something to replace the wired switch. I already have a Hue Dimmer next to the real switch and this is just a variation on that theme.

    I need a switch that’s powered (so it doesn’t have the spongey feel of the battery-less wireless ones) that screws onto existing baseplates. As described above, it needs *some* way of cutting power bit this should be minor (eg a little switch, or lift up a flap to see it, or have the main switched removable to reveal the power switch).

    I played around with the idea of one of these secret key switches
    https://www.mkelectric.com/en-gb/Products/WD/gridplus/Secretkeyswitchmodules/Pages/K4894.aspx
    …mounted on the it’s usual grid plate
    https://goo.gl/images/9i6qY1
    …but then swapping out the faceplate
    https://goo.gl/images/TD5Yuc
    …with a custom made one designed to hold the hue simmer over the secret key switch.

    But I didn’t due to general inertia and the fact it would still look ugly.

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  16. Louise

    I wish Hue would produce a reliable wired dimmer switch, to control old fashioned non hue bulbs. I love hue bulbs but I also love our light fittings that have G9’s and ses e14’s golf ball bulbs. And after many headaches with Energenie dimmers i wish hue would produce their own version, and in brushed stainless steel please 🙂

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  17. Barry Bennett

    UK Customer here I have two nice solutions to this issue. The first and possibly more complicated; If you have a newish house with plaster board walls this is fairly easy. Isolate the power at the distribution board. Take off the old switch and back box, fit a 35mm deep two gang back box in portrait orientation (90° rotated from the normal orientation.) Bring the wires through and fit a architrave narrow switch. This easily fits inside the back box even with its own backing box. Restore the power to ensure the light is switched on. Next fit a blanking plate and affix the philips hue switch over the top. Passes the wife/visitor test because they just have the philips switch to press and you can easily remove the blanking plate should you need to switch of the light to change the bulb. (all parts available from screwfix and costs about £10

    The other option is a switch adaptor available from Amazon (the image is the one with the lime green background if you search for it) its called a hugo and is quite neat. This fits over the existing light so is a little bulky, but does a good job. Also about a tenner.

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  18. Lighting Don

    The reason why Phillips are not creating a proper light switch is not because it’s impossible it is because it would eat into their consumable bulb market.

    Philips want to continue to sell you bulbs rather than allow you to control your home with light switches.

    LightwaveRF supply dimmable smart switches. They have to be dimmable because that’s the only way you can configure a smart switch in a typical UK home without a neutral wire.

    However for all intents and purposes pressing the on switch means the light turns on. And it works perfectly fine.

    I have many Philips hue bulbs around the house and I think they are great however there are many situations where having individually addressable bulbs simply makes no sense.

    My kitchen for example has something like 14 spotlights. All I want is a smart light switch which allows me to control the entire bank of 14.

    the lightwave switch is 50 or so pounds which works fine however I then have to integrate that into something else rather than the hue system.

    My house now consists of 5 different smart systems. And the level of integration between each of them ranges from entirely ropey to just about livable.

    Until the manufacturers stop trying to tie everyone into their own system the better we need a future of interoperability between different products so that we can build a smart home as we see fit.

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    • Sanjay

      Don, I purchased a sub £30 zigbee controller from ebay to control my 15 kitchen spots, and all works great within the Hue app. The controller handles 300w, and each spotlight is 9w… 300w is plenty. This hybrid approach is perfect. I have genuine Hues where I want colour or white ambience, then downlights and lamps on a zigbee circuit.

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  19. Stavros

    Hi Guys ,

    Did anyone buy any of the 3rd party switches ? Do you know how much their cost is and where we can buy them?

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  20. DiDJ

    Best solution is this:

    https://www.ubisys.de/en/smarthome/products-d1.html

    You can have whatever lamp, but still you can control it via Hue.

    I have a pendant light that was using 200W halogen bulb. It was impossible to replace it with a Hue bulb as it was too weak. This Ubisys dimmer D1 aswered 100% my needs, it is recognized as a lamp in Hue App, can add it to room, can control it via Google Home… Just perfect!

    Please note that only D1 is compatible with Hue, all other Ubisys produce are not.

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