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Hue announce Switch Module

Hue announce Switch Module”

A new Hue wall switch module turns users' existing wall switches into smart switches.

Philips Hue has introduced a new wi-fi dimmer swap module that allows Hue bridge homeowners straight management the clever lights from their regular wall switches.

The device solves one of the longest-serving problems within smart lighting: that is, if you install a smart bulb in a fitting controlled by a "dumb" switch, turning off said switch effectively cuts the signal dead and the smart element is lost. 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.

Some installation and basic electrical knowledge is required. It's essentially an oversized version of the Philips Hue Play Bar, measuring in at 31-inches and maxing out at 1,400 lumens. It requires a Hue power supply unit which can be purchased separately.

Called the "wall switch module", it's expected to ship later this year - Spring if you're in Europe, or Summer if you're in North America. But for a single light switch or two, it seems like a decent solution. The inox wall light, which delivers a powerful up and down floating light effect in white and millions of colors, lends a luxurious feeling to the outdoor space.

Philips announces new lights and switches to Hue lineup

In addition to dimming and brightening the lights, the switch can be used to set "light scenes" and get the best light dependent on the time of day - presumably something similar to the Smart Button which gives you cooler light temperatures in the morning and warmer, more relaxing light towards the end of the day.

The new Philips Hue dimmer switch.

The new dimmer switch will be available from February 23rd in North America (Jan 26th for the EU), at $25.

While Philips Hue Appear does not now have a release date for the United States, it will be available in Europe starting on January 26 and cost 149.99. It is the wall switch, the external light bar, and the magnetic dimmer, which allows versatility in use.

More news: Apple reportedly developing foldable iPhone displays and in-screen Touch ID



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