Hueblog: Hue Tap Dial switch: The issue with the alternative mount

Hue Tap Dial switch: The issue with the alternative mount

Included with the cheaper Smart Button

Earlier this year, Philips Hue didn't make any huge announcements apart from the Hue Sync TV app. A new outdoor wall lamp, the launch date for the Hue Go table lamp in Europe and an alternative version of the Hue Tap Dial switch.

So far, the switch comes with an 8 x 8 centimetre magnetic wall mount that also fits beautifully on an empty switch box. From 14 March, Philips Hue will also offer the Hue Tap Dial switch with a magnetic mini bracket that is circular and has a diameter of only 4.8 centimetres. It disappears completely behind the switch, which is around 6 centimetres in size.

The Smart Button, which costs less than half as much, has both mounts

We have already seen a very similar concept at Philips Hue. The Philips Hue Smart Button, which currently costs less than half the price (21.99 euros), also has a large and a small holder. Here, however, both options are included in the scope of delivery.

From the customer's point of view, it would of course be much more attractive if Philips Hue would also include both holders in the box of the Hue Tap Dial switch. I can hardly imagine that the costs would explode due to the new, small holder. So now you have to choose one over the other before you buy.

After all, after a list price of 49.99 euros was announced in January for the new variant of the Hue Tap Dial Switch with mini bracket, the manufacturer has now noticed that this does not quite fit in direct comparison with the switch with the large bracket. Although the new model is not available until March, it is now listed in the official shop with a price of 44.99 euros.

Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch

$49.99 / £44.99 / €49,99

Control up to three Rooms or a Zone with each individual button of the Tap dial switch, available in black or white. Turn the dial to dim and brighten the lights. Mount it to the wall, place it on a magnetic surface, or use it as a remote control.
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Comments 3 replies

  1. I actually kind of agree with hue on this one.

    The mounts are just more plastic in the world that doesn’t need to exist. I have 6 smart buttons and thus 6 pieces of plastic that have never been used but sit in a draw gathering dust.

  2. I rather would like if someone made a mount for the dial which fits in Busch Jaeger Future Linear

  3. @Frank: The problem with mounts for specific wall plates is that many countries have different standard formats, and each brand have their own design and attachment to assemble with other switches, thermostats, etc… This means they would have to work with lots of 3rd parties to make mounts that integrate with different systems.

    I found out the new mini mount for the Tap Dial Switch can be glued on top of a plain cover plate from most brands, and integrate into existing assemblies of switches, so it is a good compromise.

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