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Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch $27.96 + Delivery ($0 with Prime/ $39 Spend) @ Amazon AU

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I bought 3 of these Hue wireless dimmer switches at Bunnings (Virginia) yesterday after being surprised to see them on such a good special (at this exact same price), and now it looks like Amazon has priced their switches to suit.

I have been watching the amazon price of these for the last 3 months and have not seen the price drop below their 'normal' sale price of around $34 until now. Get in and grab some before they go up again!

These are great for those who are already in the Philip's Hue ecosystem and who like a physical switch to press. I'm still yet to fully take advantage of the first switch i bought a few months ago, but i will say know it is a pain to have to bring out my phone, or shout out across my house to my smart speaker, just to dim a light :)

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  • It was little below few times, if you can wait

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/546588 - $23.40
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  • These are very good! I got two from the last amazon deal.

    • I find them to be a little flaky. I have three and two of them sometimes don't register the click. At other times there's a noticeable delay between pressing the button and the light changing.

      But, YMMV.

      • It's a common problem. Hold down all 4 buttons until the dimmer resets and reconnects by flashing green, red in succession.

  • The first party Hue software really wants you to stick to using it to turn on/off and dim/brighten a specific light/room/zone, but with the right third party software you can tweak these to have up to a total of 8 "actions", since there are four buttons and each button has a "press" event and a "press and hold" event.

    Mine lives in the hallway and I use the middle buttons' press event to turn on/off the spare bedroom light, the outer buttons' press event to turn on/off the hallway lights, and the outer buttons' press-and-hold event to turn on/off the master bedroom light.

    • Sounds interesting - can you provide a bit more detail about the software side?

      • There are lots. For example, the android app Hue Essentials lets you set events on each button for press, press-release, hold and hold-release. I haven't really used it though because I use Home Assistant with NodeRed so I can set up pretty much any automation with any connected devices based on the same press events.

        • Hmm, that reminds me, I need to finish my Home Assistant implementation, that October 7th date is creeping up and I don't feel like paying IFTTT a subscription for what used to be free. I have it on and connected, but need to hook it into Google Assistant and recreate my IFTTT functions in the HA environment

      • There is likely other software that can do it too, but I personally use hueDynamic (https://www.huedynamic.com/). The application doesn't need to run if you aren't doing anything fancy like syncing lights to music - you can just open it, adjust the ruleset of your switches/motion sensors/accessories, save and close and those rules will be committed to the Hue Bridge's onboard storage and continue to function even if your computer is off.

      • I use Hue Essentials on Android

        https://www.hueessentials.com/

      • I use android, and the app I got is called all 4 hue, find the app thats best for you, some need you to pay.

        With the app I am now able to program new actions into events.

        For example. My bedroom dimmer switch originally controlled the lights in the bedroom, when I press the off button it will shut off the lights in that room. Through the app I can now press and hold the off button on the hue dimmer switch to shut off all the lights in my house, and still be able to just shut off the one room by pressing the off button.

      • iConnectHue for iOS is great for configuring these switches.

    • Agree re needing TP software to really unlock these switches. I use iConnectHue for iOS. Allows 4 (maybe 5?) short press actions per button, then at least 4 long press actions per button. So at least 32 actions…. I think…. if you need that many!!!

  • Rather than cutting into a solid brick bathroom wall to run cables for an exhaust fan, I used one of these switch's dimmer buttons with a Hue Smart Plug for the fan's activation. Works a treat.

  • +1 vote

    Have 3 Philips dimmers, look & work great. I have a Sengled dimmer to control 5 Sengled down-lights and is rubbish quality & hardly works

  • They really need to include a mounting plate that neatly fits over standard Au light switch plates. A piece of plastic that would cost them a few cents but would dramatically increase the usability of their switches.

    • These aren't made for Australian specific conditions. They would need to make a "shit load" of different plates to satisfy a very limited use case. IMHO…

      • They can get an Au specific power plug molded, a fit-over wall plate that encompasses the most common hpm/clipsal etc plates would be trivial.

    • Has anyone EVER seen something like that available for purchase, anywhere? I'd love to be able to remove the power point plastic cover and put on an "extra high" blanking plate that would cover the existing light switch (that would remain in the "on" position), then the dimmer switch magnetically locks to that.

      What are people doing with their existing light switches to prevent people from using them?

  • Bit confuse to what good this dim switch use for. Doesn't the phone app dose this already?

    • For when you don't want to use your phone to control the lights. Like when you live with other people…?

    • +4 votes

      It's alot more convenient to be able to control lights with a physical switch.

      Hue lights are so popular not just because of the lights, but because of all the first party accessories like light switches, motion sensors etc.

      Opening an app to control lights multiple times a day will grow tedious immediately

    • If there are others in the house, they will be significantly more accepting of the automations if you provide non-techy methods of interacting with it.
      I know this firsthand.

    • Yes it does.. but a lot of people still like a physical switch, particularly for when you have visitors/guests.

    • In many cases, fetching or pulling out a phone less convenient than pressing a button. Also, not all household members have phones.

      I rarely use the phone app to control individual (or even room) lights. I do use voice to set the whole house to "daylight" or "evening". Otherwise it's time/sensor automations and poking physical switches.

      • Given that they're so close in price to the Google Home Mini, I'm not sure how good the value proposition is.

        I mean it really depends on your use case (privacy etc), a mix might be good. With the mini, I feel like I get greater control over zones I want to go to as well, and dimming zones / turning them on and off etc.

        Going upstairs while holding a bunch of stuff and turning off lights with voice seems like a better solution to me, when it works.

        • Google Home is great until you make some friends who have never used it before and you have to train them how to speak to your lights.

          Like you say, a mix is good.

        • That's fair. I have minis in almost every room, but I don't have them hooked up to any IoT stuff and I keep them on mute. They're just there for Chromecasting to =) We do still use voice, but through our phones over Siri / HomeKit, and we do that probably 3-5 times a day.

          Having both options is better than only one option, IMO.

          Also, switches work with near-zero latency and continue to work if there are any problems with the internet. Cloud-based IoT devices can get in the bin =)

  • Thanks Op. Bought one. Currently have 4 of these in the house. Works really well.

  • FYI: I got another $10 off by using the phone app.