|Item Weight||3.04 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 3 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||798082|
|Batteries||2 CR2 batteries required. (included)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Usage||Indoor use only|
|Included Components||1 Philips HUe Dimmer Switch, batteries included|
|Battery Cell Type||Alkaline|
|Warranty Description||2 years|
Philips Hue Dimmer Switch Smart Remote (Installation-Free Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights) White
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- Control your Philips Hue lights from the comfort of your couch or bed. The battery-powered Wireless Dimmer Switch with Remote smoothly adjusts the intensity and color of your Philips Hue Lights, and switches them on and off.
- When using your Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch with Philips Hue Smart Bulbs, you can use the on-button to switch between 4 light recipes without the Philips Hue app, or use the Philips Hue app to configure your 4 favorite scenes.
- Control up to 50 lights using the Philips Hue Hub, or use the Dimmer switch without the Philips Hue Hub to control up to 10 lights. The Philips Hue Dimmer switch doesn't require an Internet connection to work.
- Installed in a minute. Simply follow the instructions in the Philips Hue app. Our default settings give you immediate control over your smart lights. Customize the scene settings in the app to fit your needs.
- When you use the Philips Hue Dimmer switch with a Philips Hue Hub, the dimmer switch can be used to control any HomeKit compatible appliance via the Apple Smart Home app.
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Control your lights anywhere in your house. Enrich your system with the Philips Hue dimmer switch and enjoy smooth wireless dimming. The switch works as a normal wall switch and dimmer. Place it anywhere you want, using screws or the adhesive tape on the back plate of the switch.
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The reason for this is that the Hue Dimmer Switch:
- Is very easy to integrate into the Hue ecosystem, as is the case with all the other Philips Hue products I've installed
- Allows you, once you've set the Switch up (i.e., which lights you want it to control) to completely avoid the app
- Looks fantastic on the wall. I've got two, one in the living room and the other in bedroom. Please see the pictures I've added. They look like they "belong" there. They don't scream "nerd."
This last point is critical. While there have been other products such as the Philips 452532 Personal Wireless Lighting, Hue Tap Switch, Frustration Free which serve more or less the same function, this is the first one for the Hue system that blends in to any decor and will not require you to explain "what the heck is that." Visitors won't know that you have your lights hooked up to some hub which is connected to the internet, unless you tell them.
There are other benefits of this switch:
- It is Apple HomeKit ready.
- It is attached the the wall plate via magnets, so you can take the switch off and it become a small remote control you can take with you. I take the bedroom one to me and keep on my side table at night.
- It has both on and off buttons, as well as ones that increase/decrease brightness.
On the other hand, things to note:
- Battery life: I haven't used these long enough to evaluate how long the battery will last. Clearly, it will be annoying if I have to change too often, or if at a critical moment I can't dim the lights. I will update this review as necessary.
- When dimming, the time between pressing a button on the remote and the lights changing is very quick, but its not instantaneous. I would think that the reaction time is based on local circumstances, such as which ZigBee channel your Hue is on. I'd be curious to hear what other users have noted. But, the bottom line is that its quick enough for me.
- There is no back-lighting on the switch, which means that if you use it as a remote control you use to turn off the lights at night, the remote can be hard to see and find if you want to turn the lights back on. Of course, the "on" button is at the top and the "off" button is at the bottom, so you have a 50/50 chance either way. Related, if you are touching the remote, there are no tactical clues as to which button is on and which button is off.
- Scenes: once you set up the scene associated with the Dimmer Switch, if you want to change the scene, you need to do so in the app.
In sum, I really love this switch. I now use it more than I used the hard wired switches in my house, and just as important, I rarely use the app anymore. I'm really glad to get to that point.
I'm buying a couple more of these. I've got over 30 lights and lamps in my Hue system, so two isn't enough for me.
The cynical might ask : so after spending all that money, I'm controlling my lights from a switch on the wall, like I used to? But my lights can now be controlled from the wall, as well as from my app, from timers, from IFTTT triggers. This solution gives the best of both worlds - smart lights that can be controlled from the wall, the way we're used to.
I tried the Lutron first, because it was available in a local Home Depot. It works with the Philips Hue White bulb. Unfortunately, when I paired the bulb to the Lutron, it lost its connection to the Bridge. That was frustrating. I couldn't add the Lutron to the Bridge - no surprise there. Finally I had to unpair the bulb from the Lutron and add it back to the Hue Bridge.
The Philips dimmer switch, on the other hand, is designed to work with the Hue Bridge. It's physically larger, comes with a base plate, the remote is magnetically mounted to the base plate and can be removed easily. It's also $5 cheaper than the Lutron. While the Lutron does not have these advantages, it is designed to be the same size as a normal Decora switch paddle, meaning you can use any Decora switch plate so that it fits your existing home deco.
There's only one small issue with the switch. If I have it configured to control "lights", when I press "On", the light goes to its previous level. For example, if I dim the light to 50% before turning it off, if I press "On", it goes to 50%, not 100%. I'll need to use the dimmer switches to brighten it to 100%. Pressing "On" multiple times does not do anything. If you want "On" to always go to 100%, assign it to a scene, and have the scene brighten the light to 100%. I think having the lights go back to the previous lighting level is a nice touch, but it would be nice if pressing "On" twice (or even 3 times) turns it to full brightness.
I wish the switches are less expensive, because I anticipate needing a number of them. I probably should get some spare batteries (CR2450) as well.
Added two photos showing the difference between this and the Lutron. The plate does not come included with the Lutron, it's just a standard Decora plate that costs under $1.
If you use a 3rd party app like iConnectHue you can unlock their true potential far beyond what the Philips Hue app allows. You can program several looks into the on button to cycle through with each press. You can also do the same to turn different lights off with consecutive presses of the off button. For Instance, the switch by my front door is programmed to turn off all the lights in my house when double pressed as I leave which saves me from having to walk through the house turning off lights individually. The same goes for the switch that sits on the night stand next to my bed.