When Lidl had a power strip with ZigBee on sale for just under 30 euros last December, the interest was really high. Unfortunately, there was a small problem: despite Lidl’s promises, the power strip could not be paired with the Philips Hue Bridge. Müller-Licht made another attempt with the Tint power strip, which in my view was an absolute mistake: only two of the four plugs could be controlled via app – and only together.
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.
I have written several times in recent weeks about the switches and modules of the Asian manufacturer Sunricher. They can be configured via the Hue app like all other Friends of Hue switches, although they are actually not. They also offer the technically much more exciting solutions: Compared to the classic Friends of Hue models, there is a much quieter switch with battery and recently also a in-wall module.
The Friends of Hue switches have been on the market for almost two years and in principle there are still two problems: There are still manufacturers and switch series that do not offer a suitable Friends of Hue switch. In addition, there is a loud clicking sound every time a button is pressed, which provides the necessary energy for the wireless signal.
The Friends of Hue switches have been on the market for almost two years now. Philips Hue and EnOcean supply the technology, and various manufacturers supply the matching plastic parts to ensure that the Friends of Hue switches match the respective switch ranges. Among others, Gira, Busch-Jaeger and Jung are among the manufacturers involved.
In the first half of the year I have already reported on the Friends of Hue module, which the Asian manufacturer Sunricher has produced. It has exactly the same dimensions as the official EnOcean module used in the Friends of Hue switches. EnOcean is known to use energy harvesting technology to power its module.
Some weeks ago I was able to inform you about an interesting project of the Chinese manufacturer Sunricher. They have created a Hue-compatible switch, which has exactly the same dimensions as the known modules from the Friends of Hue switches. The major difference: By using an integrated button cell, the kinetic system for energy generation could be omitted, making the switch much quieter.
Only this morning, we reported about the Friends of Hue switches, this time focussing on the model of Senic and Gira. But no matter which manufacturer is involved, all switches have one thing in common so far: they work without batteries and generate the required energy with a relatively loud click.