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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Philips, please make this switch

The Philips Hue lighting system is pretty awesome. Even the new Hue Tap is pretty cool. But what they’re missing: A simple wall switch. It’s not that hard. Here, Philips, I’ll design it for you. Just make the damn thing, please.

It looks mostly like this:
switch

The small switch on the bottom should actually control power to the circuit. For the most part, that would always be on, but it’s there in case you need to actually cut it. Then it looks like a normal rocker switch, but has some differences. Basically, the top and bottom should be different momentary switches, and the rocker should always return to the center. Then you can program the two momentary switches to switch to whatever Hue scene you want. Generally, since this is acting as a normal light switch, the top would turn all the connected lights on and the bottom would turn them off. But you wouldn’t be tied to that. You could even make it so if you hold the switch down in either position, it could brighten/dim the bulbs.

See? Not that complicated. I wish I had the resources to produce it. It would be a huge improvement to the Hue product line.

My current alternative is a hinged cover over the existing light switches and the Hue Tap on top of it. It looks pretty ugly:
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Comment by Ricky
2014-09-27 08:20:55

Where is the hinged cover from?

 
Comment by alan
2014-09-27 12:29:31

I got it at Home Depot. I can’t seem to find a link on the website, but it’s with the electrical stuff in the store.

 
Comment by Brendan
2015-07-25 18:26:40

This is genius 😀 – Why did they have to go and re-invent the light switch. I just purchased a Tap to see if we can start using that instead of the wall switches. We haven’t been able to break our habit of using the wall switches vs using our phones.. But I’d love to see a simple replacement to the wall switches that is compatible with the Hue lights!

 
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