Philips Hue announced several products for CES 2021, including a micromodule for wall switch. This type of accessory normally makes it possible to connect an existing fixed lighting, without disturbing its traditional use. You can always turn the light on and off by pressing the switch, but it can also be done in the context of home automation.
But it is not this function that the manufacturer offers with its micromodule. Philips Hue intends to respond to a problem related to bulbs and connected lights that it has popularized in recent years. If you install a connected bulb in the ceiling and someone turns it off with the wall switch, the bulb is no longer powered and cannot be controlled remotely. By installing this micromodule, the bulb remains permanently powered and the wall switch no longer allows you to turn it off and cut it off.
This micromodule only works with a connected bulb which can be switched off elsewhere. If you use it with a conventional bulb, it will stay on at all times, since this new product does not physically cut off the power, unlike its competitors on the market. Philips Hue only seeks to respond to the problem of the wall switch that disconnects a connected bulb, the manufacturer does not offer a solution for those who want to connect an existing lighting.
Another special feature is that the Philips Hue micromodule is very small, which is very practical to put it behind any switch. In return, the energy necessary for its proper functioning is supplied by a battery which will have to be replaced from time to time, by removing the wall switch again. The manufacturer promises a comfortable autonomy of five years, this is one of the advantages of the ZigBee, but it is nevertheless less practical than a module connected to the electrical network of the home.
New to Hue: the wall switch module! Make any light switch smart by installing this little gadget behind the wall plate. Your smart lights stay reachable — and you can use the light switch to set your favorite light scenes. https://t.co/irsZbCeP2D#PhilipsHue #SmartHome pic.twitter.com/2qAbBe0aag
— Philips Hue (@tweethue) January 14, 2021
The Philips Hue micromodule is advertised at € 40 per unit, or € 70 in a pack of two. Its release is scheduled for spring in Europe and this summer in North America.