Philips Hue bulbs are fairly nice, however they’ve a mortal enemy: the humble gentle switch. If you’ve obtained a Hue bulb tied to a normal gentle switch, flipping that switch means the Hue bulb loses energy fully… together with any fancy methods like controlling the bulb by your cellphone or a voice assistant.
A number of options for this exist, however principally contain swapping out the switch in query for one thing with a bit extra smarts. This morning Signify (the firm beforehand often known as Philips Lighting) introduced an official resolution that works along with your current switches, albeit with a caveat or two.
Called the “wall switch module,” it’s anticipated to ship later this 12 months — spring should you’re in Europe, or summer season should you’re in North America. Once wired up, it turns your current gentle switch into one thing extra like a Hue controller, permitting it to toggle between totally different gentle presets reasonably than merely reducing energy.
At $40 every (or $70 for a two-pack), it’s… not low cost. Add in the indisputable fact that it’s powered by a battery (presumably to take away the want for a impartial wire and simplify set up) with an estimated lifespan of ~5 years, this most likely isn’t one thing you wish to implement house-wide. But for a single gentle switch or two, it looks like an honest resolution.
The firm additionally introduced a number of new Hue equipment, in case you’re seeking to broaden your assortment:
- A revised model of its transportable dimmer switch, which is able to ship in February and value $25. The separate on/off buttons have gotten a single toggle, and a “Hue” button is being added to allow you to set off a selected lighting scene.
- A new gentle bar, the Philips Hue Amarant, which is supposed to reside outdoors and be mounted on the floor or an overhang. It’ll ship in March in North America, and value $170 every (although you’ll additionally want an outside Hue energy provide field, which is able to add $60-$70 to the value should you don’t have one already.)