Philips Hue bulbs are fairly nice, however they’ve a mortal enemy: the common-or-garden gentle change. Should you’ve bought a Hue bulb tied to an ordinary gentle change, flipping that change means the Hue bulb loses energy utterly… together with any fancy methods like controlling the bulb by your telephone or a voice assistant.
A couple of options for this exist, however principally contain swapping out the change in query for one thing with a bit extra smarts. This morning Signify (the corporate beforehand often known as Philips Lighting) introduced an official answer that works together with your present switches, albeit with a caveat or two.
Known as the “wall change module,” it’s anticipated to ship later this yr — 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 present gentle change into one thing extra like a Hue controller, permitting it to toggle between completely different gentle presets somewhat than merely chopping energy.
At $40 every (or $70 for a two-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 need to implement house-wide. However for a single gentle change or two, it looks as if a good answer.
The corporate additionally introduced a number of new Hue equipment, in case you’re seeking to broaden your assortment:
A revised model of its transportable dimmer change, which is able to ship in February and price $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 particular lighting scene.
A brand new gentle bar, the Philips Hue Amarant, which is supposed to stay outdoors 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 out of doors Hue energy provide field, which is able to add $60-$70 to the worth if you happen to don’t have one already.)