I have already reported several times about the Sunricher module, which is equipped with a battery and can be used in the Hue app just like a normal Friends of Hue switch. Since no kinetic energy has to be generated, the switch is much quieter when pressed. However, the frame and rocker, which Sunricher supplies as standard, are not really of good quality.
Around the announcement of the new products to be launched in the coming months, there was a particularly large amount of commentary on one topic in particular: Thread support. The new standard, which is backed by Apple, Amazon and Google, among others, is intended to make our smart homes even better in the coming years.
On Thursday, Philips Hue introduced the new wall switch module. An announcement I was very excited about – and not just since a few days. After all, I have been following the development of the module for some time now, even though I have never been able to hold it in my hands myself.
Until now, there has been one big enemy of smart lighting: The classic light switch. A problem we all know. Because if the power supply of the Philips Hue lamps is disconnected via the light switch, control via the Hue app is no longer possible, routines do not work and voice assistants also no longer have a chance.
The first information has already leaked out briefly in the past few weeks, but now we can officially announce it. In addition to the new Philips Hue wall switch module, the manufacturer has also presented the new Philips Hue Amarant outdoor lighting today. It is a wallwasher that expands the low-voltage portfolio of Philips Hue.
More than eight years after the launch of Philips Hue, there is finally a solution to probably the biggest problem of the system. With the new Philips Hue Wall Switch Module, all classic light switches can be integrated into the system. The in-wall switch presented today is to be launched on the market in a few weeks at what I consider a fair price.
About one and a half years ago, Philips Hue started to equip its light sources with Bluetooth in addition to ZigBee. Most recently, numerous products were equipped with the additional wireless connection last summer, including the popular Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus. Another product, however, still seems to be waiting for an update: the Philips Hue Play Lightbar.
It’s been half a year since the new Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus with Bluetooth support hit the market. Apart from the additional wireless technology and the ability to reconnect cut-off parts with a connector, nothing significant has changed. But there is one problem: The new Lightstrip Plus cannot be connected with old extensions and the old Lightstrip Plus without Bluetooth is not compatible with the new extensions.
The British manufacturer Samotech is known for its sometimes very clever solutions, among other things it has made a name for itself in this country with its switch covers. With the Samotech SM315 and SM317, I briefly introduced two new products to you before Christmas, now I could try them out myself.
At the beginning of the week I already told you that there will soon be a second generation of the Philips Hue dimming switch. As I could now find out, Signify has not only slightly changed the design of the switch, but also adapted the way it works. I’ll tell you exactly what that will look like in this article.