At the beginning of March, I received the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module just in time for the market launch, which then went really wrong. Now almost four months have passed – and I would like to tell you a little about my experiences.
I have installed three wall switch modules so far. This is less spectacular in the dressing room, where seven GU10 spots on the ceiling are controlled. This is practical in the early morning, for example, when it is still dark outside and I don’t want to get the full light intensity directly.
The wall switch module is much more practical in the bathroom, because here our classic light switch, which was equipped with the module, is outside the room. In addition to the various light scenes that can be activated directly via the converted switch, it is now also possible to control them via a dimmer switch that is mounted next to the sink.
I installed the third module in the kids’ room. Here, in addition to the ceiling light, a small night and reading light can now also be controlled via the classic light switch. Really convenient.
Reliability of the wall switch module is impressively good
In all three rooms, it is a thing of the past that Philips Hue lamps are disconnected from the mains by the light switch. So they are always and at all times accessible via the app, with smart switches or also via voice assistant.
But what really impressed me was the reliability of the wall switch module. In the four months I have been using it, I can’t remember any of the converted light switches not working. The Hue Bridge, which is necessary for the operation of the module, runs just as reliably. If, on the other hand, the internet or Wi-Fi fails, that’s not a tragedy.
I must also praise the simple set-up via the Hue app and the extended possibilities via apps such as iConnectHue. It simply works. And that is probably the most important point for 95 percent of all Hue users who work with the Hue Bridge.
Especially when compared to the classic Friends of Hue switches, I also think the price is reasonable. After all, you can connect two buttons or switches to a module for 40 euros and there is a double pack with a small price advantage. You can argue about the button cell – two opinions are allowed here. Here you can find some more information and answers about the wall switch module.