A must-have for any Hue lighting set-up.
The Philips Hue lights have become a staple in my home. With well over 20 Hue lights now installed, I would have been truly upset if they would have required new lights to be purchased to work with Apple’s HomeKit. As everyone should know by now to use HomeKit with Hue you only need to purchase a new bridge. Along with its release, Philips launched a couple of additional new products including the new Dimmer Switch.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is a great add-on to anyone who is converting their home to these lights. It allows you to control your Hue lights from a wall switch in the same manner your phone would control them. You can put it in the place of a standard light switch by screwing it into the wall or by using the self adhesive strips on the back. The actual switch is then removable from the wall plate as it’s held in by magnets.
The Hue Dimmer Switch can be used as a switch with a dimmer control on the wall or as a handheld remote depending on your liking. I’m enjoying using it as a wall outlet. Even though a regular wall outlet will turn your Philips Hue lights on and off, what basically happens is that power is cut to the light completely. This means that your Hue Hub will not be able to communicate with the bulb until power is reconnected to it. For example, if you flip the lights off from the room’s light switch that’s it, you can’t turn them back on from your smart phone until the switch is physically flipped back on.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch allows for that quick flip on or off and because it’s a part of the Hue ecosystem and communicating with the Hub, you can still kick the lights back on from your phone at any time. This is a big deal when you have family or friends who use the light switches and not smart phones. Never again will you not be able to connect to a light because someone turned it off – as long as they are using the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch.
The first switch I set up is in my living room. I have five Hue Color Bulbs and one Hue Strip installed in that room. When I first set up the switch, I did have an issue where the app would not find the new switch, but after hitting the reset button on the back of the switch and following the instructions given by the app, the switch was recognized and I could continue with set-up.
The connection is remarkable. Flipping the lights on and off is instant and dimming is instant. There is no lag what so ever. As I mentioned above, you can remove the switch and use it as a remote. This is great for those times that you want to dim the lights during a movie. You can take the switch with you to your seat and dim the lights from there. The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch utilizes the ZigBee lighting protocol, which allows users control over all their LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches. ZigBee is the only open, global wireless standard that allows smart objects to work together. Because the switch uses this technology, there is no need to ‘point’ the switch like you would a TV remote.
My experience with the Dimmer Switch has been very good. Because of the success I’ve had with it, I’m looking to add the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch to every room of my home because it’s going to be a quick option for me to keep the flow of the home automation going.
If you have the Hue lighting system in your home, the Dimmer Switch is a must-have.
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