Alternative Light Switches to Philips Hue

Updated 19 mins ago in [Hardware for Philips hue]
7 on November 27, 2017

Hi,

Just got my Philips Hue Starter Kit, all set up and working. Couple of things I’d like to know….

  1. Are there any alternative light switches to the official Philips ones? They aren’t the most attractive and our home is a period property so would like something inline with our decor or something smarter than the philips one.
  2. Is it possible to set the lights to a maximum brightness if they are switched on from a normal light switch. Currently if I turn the light off from say 40% via the wall switch then flip the wall switch back on the lightbulb will default to 100% brightness. I’d like them to default to around 40%….

Thanks for your time on this

 

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2 on November 27, 2017

Have you seen smart switches from IKEA? http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/lighting/36814/ They also work with the Hue lights. 

on November 30, 2017

Are you sure the Switch works with Hue?

it seems to state pretty plainly that they are only compatible with the IKEA lights but it would be great if that was wrong.

have you used them? Does the motion sensor work as well?

 

thanks

on December 2, 2017

Yep, I’m using them at my place 🙂 Haven’t connected the motion sensor to them, but I think it works with it, too. Although, you may need to buy the IKEA hub for that – am not sure.

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I have been using the Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote with the Lutron PICO-WBX-ADAPT Pico Wallplate Bracket and really like them.  They fit the standard size square switch plates so they can go in place of your existing light switch if you choose, or you can use them with your existing light switch.  The problem with using hue products on a standard light switch is that when someone flips the switch off you can no longer turn the light on via the app or any other hue compatible switches.  But with these you can remove the existing switch and just hardwire the lights on with a wire nut (hire an electrician to do it), put the bracket in place where the old switch was, pair the remote with your hub and any lights you want it to control (I also have mine controlling some table lamps), and you’re good to go.  You can now turn your lights on and off at the switch, on your phone, with a Logitech Harmony remote, with a timer set thru the app, etc.  The only downside I’ve seen to replacing the switch is that you have to use Philips hue bulbs for every light controlled by that switch (a normal bulb would now be on 100% of the time as you have hardwired the light on).

Pairing them is a little odd, you have to first pair the switch to the bridge and then to each individual bulb, if you pair the switch to the bulb before pairing it to the bridge then the bridge will no longer see the lights unless you re-add them by entering their serial numbers (I did this wrong a few times and it drove me nuts until I figured it out). There is a great youtube out there if you google “Philips hue with lutron connected switch”.

1 hour ago

Awesome this is exactly what I was hoping to find.

How long have you been running like this anything weird ever pop up and what kind of battery do the switches take?

Thanks for the info!

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I bought my first switch to try out over 6 months ago and bought 5 or so more about a month later.  They use a button battery (not exactly sure which one, I’ll look when I get home) but supposedly the batteries last for multiple years.  The only weird thing I’ve experienced, other than the quirky setup mentioned in my first post, really doesn’t have anything to do with the switches, more to do with the hue bulbs… after a power outage all of the lights automatically come on, but everything still works just fine.  As an FYI – I also bought some Lutron L-PED1-WH Pico Tabletop Pedestals which are great if you want a switch on your coffee table or somewhere else, I leave one by my back door that I have setup as a master switch which controls multiple rooms, one touch and it shuts all the lights off.

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I have been using the Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote with the Lutron PICO-WBX-ADAPT Pico Wallplate Bracket and really like them.  They fit the standard size square switch plates so they can go in place of your existing light switch if you choose, or you can use them with your existing light switch.  The problem with using hue products on a standard light switch is that when someone flips the switch off you can no longer turn the light on via the app or any other hue compatible switches.  But with these you can remove the existing switch and just hardwire the lights on with a wire nut (hire an electrician to do it), put the bracket in place where the old switch was, pair the remote with your hub and any lights you want it to control (I also have mine controlling some table lamps), and you’re good to go.  You can now turn your lights on and off at the switch, on your phone, with a Logitech Harmony remote, with a timer set thru the app, etc.  The only downside I’ve seen to replacing the switch is that you have to use Philips hue bulbs for every light controlled by that switch (a normal bulb would now be on 100% of the time as you have hardwired the light on).

Pairing them is a little odd, you have to first pair the switch to the bridge and then to each individual bulb, if you pair the switch to the bulb before pairing it to the bridge then the bridge will no longer see the lights unless you re-add them by entering their serial numbers (I did this wrong a few times and it drove me nuts until I figured it out). There is a great youtube out there if you google “Philips hue with lutron connected switch”.

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