It could have all been so nice on Tuesday: Philips Hue introduces the wall switch module in its own store, you buy it and a few days later it is delivered. In virtually all European countries, however, you could buy the new accessory only for a few hours. Currently it is “temporarily out of stock” in Germany, in some other countries it could be ordered again this morning.
Fortunately, I already have a double pack at home and can share information and impressions with you. Today we want to take care of two questions, which have reached me again and again in the last days: Is it possible to connect the module with a double rocker? And can you also dim with the wall switch module?
Hue Wall Switch Module: Two exciting functions in the video
The Philips Hue wall switch module has two separate inputs, the package also includes two connection cables. That means for you: You can either connect the module to two side-by-side light switches installed in a double frame, or use a light switch with two rockers. In the Hue app, the module appears in the accessories list as one device, and in the details view, you can then configure the two light switches separately. This looks like this:
Another great feature is unfortunately not advertised by Philips Hue on the website. Instead of connecting the wall switch module to one or two rocker switches, you can also connect push buttons. And that even has two advantages. For example, to select the second or third scene, you only have to press the push button two or three times (instead of three or five times on a switch).
Another function is much more exciting: You can also hold the button down to dim the light. Similar to the Smart Button, the first long press of the button dims the light. If you then hold the button down again, the brightness is increased again.