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Works great once setup, but the setup process was a nightmare. I have never had issues with any other hue or friends of hue products, bit this took over an hour to get working. The range seems to be inferior to the hue remotes, and it costs about double what those do. Once setup, it is pretty nice, but sometimes fails to respond, unlike the hue remotes that she to always work perfectly. Overall, I would recommend the first party totes from Philips unless you are very particular about the look.
This is a neat design and a great way to keep power to your lights from accidentally being interrupted. On the down side, it's pretty expensive for a switch, and it seems to have a little lag. Not a ton, but enough to be annoying.
THE PROBLEM: The biggest pain point when it comes to the HUE system are wall switches. We have the official dimmer that can't be mounted in a US 1-gang box and the tap switch. Now we have the runlesswire rocker, which looks promising but at sixty dollars a switch, that adds up really quickly. The aurora helps this problem by adding a toggle switch and a dimmer in the same package that is easy to use at a decent price.
SETUP: My grandma could install this thing. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish if you have a toggle switches installed in your house. It pairs well with the app and then you select your room to control. Its responsive as well. If a guest comes over, they don't think twice about how to use it. If you have used a dimmer switch before, you have mastered this already.
THINGS TO CONSIDER: A few gripes with the system. First is build quality. Its fine and I'm sure it will hold up but I was expecting a little bit more than what I got. The center button is wobbly. Its wobbly to the point that I thought it was damaged in shipping. I opened the other two switches I got in the same shipment and they all had the same feel.
Same goes for the wheel. It feels floaty due to there not being a pot behind it giving any resistance. I tried my best to see if there was anything I could do to improve the feel by adding padding or something to the knob but it's very tight inside.
WISH LIST: One feature I would love to see implemented in the future is scene selection like the Hue dimmer remote has. Tap the button once for your default scene, tap a second time for a different one. I'd be happy with just two at this point.
The switch does not show up in home kit or home assistant. It is only accessible through the HUE app. I'd love for them to open it up to allow control through home assistant or openhab. It would expand the usefulness of the switch infinitely.
I do recommend this switch if you're being driven crazy by people flipping switches off and then your lights go unresponsive. It does fix that problem 100% but it is a great first attempt at fixing this problem. With a little more work, I think this could be THE switch that people would want to use for HUE.
The actual dimmer function is slow/delayed and sometimes glitchy. Otherwise, this serves the purpose well of covering over an existing wall switch that must remain on, and returning some functionality to the switch location.
I typically find the Philips Hue approach (of add smarts directly to the bulb and giving zero consideration to the light switch) to be terrible and I no longer use them...I've gone the route of adding proper smart switches to enable both a traditional and smart experience. But I found a case where it was still useful to do this. I had an existing wall switch controlling some over-cabinet lighting, which I decided to convert into an outlet instead, and plug in Philips Hue Light Strips. Since I prefer to have a wall switch for everything that is also smart, and a regular smart dimmer wouldn't work here, this Lutron dimmer product was the exact right finishing touch for this project.
I guess I was expecting something more for the features described and price paid. This is very small button knob installable just on US wall sockets. The functionality is limited to on/off and dimmer function. Not sure why they didn't add second/third click or press-hold functions like all other hue buttons. Also there's no way to mount this without real US wall plug. There's no base that can be fixed on the wall, no double sticker or any way it can be fixed. One good thing is really professional packaging. I think the packaging boosts the price... Unfortunately I was dissapointed with the product and it's functionality.
Really wanted to like it, but it is way overpriced for what it is and uses 16 rules on hub (hue branded switch uses only 11, not sure why this is such a resource hog). Best used in limited applications in my experience., such as where people forget a circuit has hue bulbs and you want to prevent them accidentally turning off power. I'd almost prefer a non dimmer version (simple on/off) for this use case if it was more cost effective and used fewer hub rules
I bought two of these and I love the one that really works. They are easy to setup and actually keep people from turning off my Phillips hue. Unfortunately only one of them actually turns lights on and off, while both still dim lights for me.
Put this in the bathroom of our apartment and for the first month would fall off the switch everytime my boyfriend would forget that there wasnt a switch anymore. Flick... and it would fall off. We now have it on the counter in case we want to dim the lights and mainly just use Alexa to turn on or off or dim the bathroom lights. It still works not attached to the switch, kind of cool.
I appreciate the abilities this switch can do (on, off, dim up and down). In the hue app you can set it to control a single light, a zone or a room to one light scene. I wish you could tap through different scenes like with the hue dimmer. Would buy again