Looking for a little news for you guys, I stumbled across a post on Reddit by automation_bot1337 that really fascinated me. He built a mount for the Philips Hue Smart Button with lighting. In addition to craft skills, this also required some knowledge of the Node-Red programming language – and unfortunately I can’t help you any further here at the latest.
Unlike the Friends of Hue switches known in Europe, the Lutron Aurora offers a completely different design. Not without reason, because it was developed for American light switches and can be easily plugged onto them. This prevents the classic light switch from being operated – and at the same time provides a smart control.
The Philips Hue Smart Button has found many fans in recent weeks, even though it is very resource-intensive and expensive. Today, I would like to point out a function that the Hue Smart Button does not yet implement in a good way. It’s all about the dimming function which is actually quite well integrated.
A few weeks ago I already presented the SM216 from Samotech to you. With the switch adapter, mounting the Hue Smart Button over an existing light switch should not be a problem anymore. Now I can confirm: conversion is really very easy. Unfortunately, the Samotech SM216 is not yet available in stores.
The Hue Smart Button has kept us pretty busy in the past few weeks since its launch at the end of October. Especially the problems in connection with third-party accessories have caused irritation. As I was able to report last week, Signify took care of the problem and provided a firmware update for the Hue Smart Button.
Do you remember my previous articles from November 2019? Back then, I reported that using the Hue Smart Button causes problems with third-party accessories, especially when used with the popular Innr Smart Plug. Also affected were Innr lamps or ZigBee products from Paul Neuhaus. As soon as the Smart Button is connected to the Bridge, these devices lose their connection after a few hours.
In the last few days, the useful Hue Smart Button made for some negative headlines. It is resource-hungry and causes problems with the Innr Smart Plug. In addition, it is still sold overpriced. Nevertheless, the Hue Smart Button opens up very interesting possibilities. This is how the Hue Smart Button is connected to a classic push button Hueblog reader Markus also dared to rebuild the switch and kindly provided me with detailed photos.
I already explained a few days ago what a small inconspicuous switch can do: as soon as the Smart Button is coupled with a Hue Bridge, some third-party products from Innr, for example the popular Smart Plug SP 120, will fail. But that’s by far not all – as the following comment from Hueblog reader Peter shows: “I don’t have any Innr products in use, but I notice that after the integration of six Hue Buttons the whole Hue system becomes very unstable.
Does the Hue Smart Button cause problems with the stability of the whole system? Basically, it’s just a simple switch. So I didn’t worry much after the following email from Hueblog reader Thomas: “I have 25 lamps and 13 switches, and the system is getting noticeably unstable. Some lamps are not reachable, react delayed, switches do not work.
I already mentioned it in my test report about the Philips Hue Smart Button: Signify didn’t think all the way to the end during development. Although the mounting plate has matching holes for mounting on a conventional EU switch box, the flat plate cannot be mounted there without removing the light switch that protrudes from the wall.