Hueblog: A week with the new Philips Hue wall switch module

A week with the new Philips Hue wall switch module

What I like and what I miss

I have been using the new Philips Hue wall switch module for a week now, and some of you have already received your orders from last week. Currently there seem to be a few single sets available in the online shop of Philips Hue, regarding the availability of the double pack I am still waiting for an official feedback from the manufacturer.

What can I say? My expectations of the new accessories were completely fulfilled. And I can tell you: I had to wait a long time for it. I received my first impressions almost exactly a year ago, at that time from the ” original” manufacturer. But that's another story.

In my household, I had the problem of making the prominently placed light switches Hue-enabled in several rooms to prevent the smart lighting from switching off. Most recently, I tried with modified Sunricher modules, but even this solution didn't want to come close to the really well-known and familiar feeling of a classic light switch.

And let's be honest: Of course you can remove the light switch completely and replace it with a Friends of Hue switch or a new dimmer switch. And of course you also have a lot more options. But in the end, it's also about the handling and the simplicity that only a normal light switch can offer.

I think it's particularly great that you don't just control the lighting on the ceiling, but thanks to the diversions via the Hue Bridge, you have all the options. You can also control other Hue lamps in the room via the switch and easily call up your three favourite scenes.

That brings us to what is probably my only criticism. I would like to see exactly two things for the Hue wall switch module: First of all, an easier selection of the scene. Why do I have to press the switch for the second scene three times (on-off-on) and not just twice? Why can't I activate a night light at night with the first press of the button and a bright light scene if needed with the second press of the switch? That would be smart!

On the other hand, I also have to say: the Hue wall switch module has worked absolutely reliably so far. I have installed it in two rooms and so far it has only happened once that the lamps did not react immediately when I pressed the button the first time, but I had to press the light switch a second time. Philips Hue has really done a great job here. Let's just hope that availability improves soon.

Philips Hue wall switch module

$44.99 / £39.99 / €44,99

Installed behind light switches, the Philips Hue wall switch module lets you use existing switches with your Philips Hue smart lights. Your lights always stay powered on and reachable — and you can even use the switch to set multiple scenes on an individual light or in a Room or Zone.

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In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 3 replies

  1. I got a double pack last week. Realise I should have ordered more but I was curious about the HomeKit functionality first as I use devices from multiple suppliers, even though the majority is Hue.

    I installed one of these in my youngest sons room. Where rocker one controls the lamp in the ceiling and the other rocker controls two Hue bulbs and a Hue light strip. Worked straight away as expected as it is a “Hue only” room.

    With my older son the story is a bit different as he has a Hue bulb in the ceiling lamp, an IKEA outlet that controls a lamp in the window and then an Osram/Ledvance lightstrip as well. I wanted rocker 1 to control the ceiling lamp and rocker two the IKEA outlet and the light strip. In the Hue app you can, as for any other Hue accessory, choose to steer it from the Home app so I did so. I then tried to connect to a lamp but realised very quickly that the Wall Switch Module easily could turn on lights via HomeKit but it couldn’t feel when I power it off… So the solutions was to put a spring in the wall switch and then create a shortcut script toggles the lights and outlets upon a press. Works really well I have to say! So now one of my Hue wall switch modules is toggling HomeKit accessories from multiple vendors on and off. Nice!

    The only thing I miss now is that a long press would dim the light as well so I guess I have to do some more research.

  2. Unfortunately it seems like the wall switch module currently cannot be configured to allow a 2 gang switch to work as a switch with one rocker plus one push button. At least not using the official Philips Hue app.

  3. What Europe style push button wall switch did you use? I’m finding it hard to find one that leaves enough space to fit the module inside the 6 cm deep box.

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