Some weeks ago I was able to inform you about an interesting project of the Chinese manufacturer Sunricher. They have created a Hue-compatible switch, which has exactly the same dimensions as the known modules from the Friends of Hue switches.
The major difference: By using an integrated button cell, the kinetic system for energy generation could be omitted, making the switch much quieter. The loud clicking sound that we know from previous Friends of Hue switches would have been eliminated.
With a battery life of several years, this is definitely an exciting story, so I contacted Sunricher directly. They were initially also very interested that I present the switch on my blog and wanted to provide me with test samples from the next production cycle. But unfortunately it did not come that far.
Requests from Sunricher are currently not answered
Since a few weeks there is no more communication, my requests via mail or Skype are unfortunately not answered anymore. Also the YouTube video showing the switch in action has been taken offline. Fact is: A certification from Philips Hue or Signify for the Sunricher modules has not been granted yet. But for an official launch on the market this would be absolutely necessary.
Now I hope at least that Signify has become aware of Sunricher’s great solution and maybe even talks are going on in the background. After all, with Sunricher’s technology we would have the chance to eliminate one of the biggest weaknesses of the Friends of Hue switches.