It should be another two months or so before Philips Hue finally launches its new wall switch module. Formerly developed by Insta as a Friends of Hue accessory, the product will be able to turn a traditional light switch into a smart light switch. I have already collected numerous answers about the new wall switch module for you.
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.
In the past weeks I have already given you all the important information about the new model of the Philips Hue Appear outdoor wall lamp. Together with the announcement of the new wall switch module, the manufacturer also confirmed the availability of the new stainless steel version of the Hue Appear from the end of the month.
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.
I had to dig deep in the archives, but it’s actually been more than five years since Philips Hue launched the dimmer switch. The successor, which I have already presented to you in detail in the past few weeks, is due to be launched this month. In any case, it is pleasing that the price has not increased.
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.
The last Philips Hue ceiling light I installed was the Hue Flourish pendant and let me tell you, it was a cramp and impossible on its own. With the latest ceiling light from the Hue portfolio, the Hue Centris, the installation has already been simplified considerably – here, a carabiner is used with which you can clamp the light to the fixture so that you can do the wiring in a relaxed manner and without a helping hand.
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.