Philips Hue launches a long-awaited light switch module and more – Thomas Ricker

The new Philips Hue Wall Switch Module make the switch smart, not the bulb. | Image: Philips Hue

Signify is introducing three new Philips Hue products today: an in-wall Hue module for existing light switches, a new outdoor light bar, and a refined dimmer.

The Philips Hue Wall Switch Module solves a problem long suffered by Hue smart light owners. Namely, you install a so-called “smart” Hue bulb into a lamp or ceiling fixture and then marvel at your ability to control it from your phone until a roommate flips the wall switch and cuts power to the bulb, rendering your expensive lightbulb useless. The new Wall Switch Module wires the intelligence right inside of the wall to make the switch smart, not the bulb, bringing home automation full circle to the Z-Wave switches of yore. The Hue Wall Switch Module will cost $39.95 / €39.95, or…

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