Philips Hue bulbs are fairly nice, however they’ve a mortal enemy: the common-or-garden mild change. If you happen to’ve received a Hue bulb tied to an ordinary mild change, flipping that change means the Hue bulb loses energy fully… together with any fancy methods like controlling the bulb by way of your telephone or a voice assistant.
Just a few options for this exist, however largely contain swapping out the change in query for one thing with a bit extra smarts. This morning Signify (the corporate beforehand generally known as Philips Lighting) introduced an official answer that works along with your current switches, albeit with a caveat or two.
Known as the “wall change module”, it’s anticipated to ship later this 12 months — Spring if you happen to’re in Europe, or Summer time if you happen to’re in North America. As soon as wired up, it turns your current mild change into one thing extra like a Hue controller, permitting it to toggle between totally different mild presets fairly than merely reducing energy.
At $40 every (or $70 for a 2-pack), it’s… not low-cost. Add in the truth that it’s powered by a battery (presumably to take away the necessity for a impartial wire and simplify set up) with an estimated lifespan of ~5 years, this in all probability isn’t one thing you wish to implement house-wide. However for a single mild change or two, it looks like a good answer.
The corporate additionally introduced a number of new Hue equipment, in case you’re trying to broaden your assortment:
- A revised model of its transportable dimmer change, which is able to ship in February and price $25. The seperate on/off buttons have gotten a single toggle, and a “Hue” button is being added to allow you to set off a particular lighting scene.
- A brand new mild bar, the Philips Hue Amarant, which is supposed to dwell exterior and be mounted on the bottom or an overhang. It’ll ship in March in North America, and price $170 every (although you’ll additionally want an outside Hue energy provide field, which is able to add $60-$70 bucks to the worth if you happen to don’t have one already.)