Hueblog: Resetting Philips Hue lamps with the new dimmer switch

Resetting Philips Hue lamps with the new dimmer switch

When the Bridge can't find a new lamp

In the past few days I have sorted out some old lamps and sold them on eBay. Several buyers had no idea how to reset the lamps so that the new Bridge would find them immediately – although it is so easy with the dimmer switch.

This is how easy it is to reset a Hue lamp

I have often explained how to reset a lamp with the dimmer switch. In the past few weeks, however, I have repeatedly received questions on this very topic, because the labelling of the buttons on the Philips Hue dimmer switch of the second generation are somewhat different. The new switch no longer has two buttons for “On” and “Off”, but a combined On/Off button and a “Hue” button.

Fortunately, the practical function has not changed, even though the switch has a new design. You still hold the dimmer switch close to the desired switched-on lamp and press the top and bottom buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds. The lamp should then start to flash for a few seconds and is then reset.

In these cases, a Hue lamp is not immediately found by the Hue Bridge.

This function is especially practical in these situations:

  • you have bought a used lamp and want to pair it with your Bridge
  • you need a second Bridge and want to move a lamp from the first Bridge
  • you have bought a White Ambiance ceiling light that is coupled with the dimmer switch that comes with it

In all three cases, your Bridge may not find the lamp immediately. In this case, simply use any dimmer switch and reset the lamp – your Hue Bridge will then find it immediately.

Finally, a small tip: The dimmer switch must always be held as close as possible to the ZigBee module of the lamp. In the case of a Light Strip, for example, this is the small box as you can see in the following picture.

Even if you don’t need a dimmer switch at the moment, it can be very useful to have one of the practical switches as a helper in your drawer. By the way, the dimmer switch does not even have to be paired with your Hue Bridge to reset the lamps.

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

$27.99 / €21.99 / £19.99

Dim or brighten the room, toggle light scenes or get the best light based on the time of day. The Hue dimmer switch attaches to walls or magnetic surfaces, but can also be used as a remote control anywhere in your home.

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Check your local Philips Hue Online Store for availability of Hue products in your country. There you will also find all the technical information and prices.

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. Thanks for the tip.

    I indeed face the issue when pairing bulbs with new bridge. Had to do it with the serial number, but this technique seems more practical.

  2. Excuse me and what if it still doesn’t work? I have tried all the possibilities and I changed a new battery as well. No light on the switch and its just not responding. It’s the V1 light bulb.

  3. Resetting simple/single lights works is very easy indeed. The real issue comes up when you have for instance the Hue Pendant light bar which has down and up facing lights. These are controlled separately.

    Good luck resetting the one you actually intend to… This is a particularly poor design on Philips.

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