One of the greatest benefits of Philips Hue smart lighting is the ability to control your lights with the Hue app or your voice via smart home assistants. Sometimes, however, you still want to be able to use a light switch.
Luckily, we've covered all the bases: we've got several types of smart light accessories, including indoor and outdoor motion sensors, the Tap switch, and, of course, the Dimmer switch. Installing a dimmer switch — a standard one — can be tricky, often requiring an electrician, an expensive switch, or your own know-how if you'd rather do it yourself. With a Philips Hue Dimmer switch, however, you only need the Hue app, a Philips Hue light, and your own two hands.
Step-by-step guide to installing a Philips Hue Dimmer switch
Installing a Dimmer switch and pairing it with your Hue ecosystem requires very few steps: it's an easy, intuitive process created so that anyone can complete it without issue.
Step 1: Find a good spot for your dimmer switch
Because a Philips Hue Dimmer switch isn't meant to cover your traditional light switch, you have the freedom to choose exactly where you'd like your new smart switch to be. Even after mounting, though, you are still able to use your switch anywhere.
The switch is made up of two parts: the base plate and the remote control, which attaches magnetically to the base and can be used wherever you can carry it. The best places to install a Hue Dimmer switch are near entryways or seating areas, such as around the living room couch or the dining table.
Step 2: Mount it with adhesive or screws
The Dimmer switch can be mounted two ways: the included adhesive backing on the base plate or by screwing the base plate into the wall (screws not included):
Though the Dimmer switch doesn't come with the required hardware, you can use screws to mount the base plate to your wall. Insert small-sized screws through the base plate's screw holes. Depending on the type of wall, use a screwdriver or drill to secure the screws in place. Some walls may require wall anchors to properly secure the base plate.
If you decided to mount it with the adhesive backing from the base plate, line up your plate exactly where you want it (make sure it's straight!), and then press the wall plate firmly onto the wall. The backing takes about 24 hours to set, so try not to jostle or bump it for at least day after you install it.
Bright idea: You can also place the Dimmer switch itself (without the base plate) on any magnetic surface, such as refrigerator.
Step 3: Remove the plastic tab from the remote's battery compartment
Each new Hue Dimmer switch comes with a small plastic strip that must be removed in order to engage the battery. Simply pull this strip out; the LED will begin flashing orange.
Step 4: Pair your Dimmer switch with your lights
Setting up a Dimmer switch is simple regardless of the method you use, which depends on your current smart lighting setup:
With a Hue Bridge: Open the Hue app and navigate to Settings > Accessory setup and tap on Add accessory. Follow the on-screen instructions to put your Dimmer switch into pairing mode and connect it to your existing Hue smart lighting system.
Without a Hue Bridge: If you have Philips Hue lights that aren't connected to a Bridge, hold the Dimmer switch up to the light you want to control (try to stay within about six inches of the bulb or fixture). Press and hold the "ON" button for 3 seconds until the green light starts to blink. You can now control this light using the Dimmer switch. Repeat for up to 10 bulbs. To remove a light from the Dimmer switch, repeat the same process, but hold the "OFF" button for 10 seconds
Step 5: Customize your settings
You can use the Hue app to personalize the settings of your Dimmer switch any way you like. Open the Hue app and navigate to Settings > Accessory setup and tap your Dimmer switch to customize what each button does on one or more presses. For example. you can turn on the lights in a certain room of your home to a dimmed state when you press the "ON" button three times or set all the rooms connected to your Dimmer switch to turn off when you tap the "OFF" button once.
Bright idea: You can even use some Hue Labs Formulas with the Dimmer switch, including Living scenes, Candlelight romance, and more.
Troubleshooting the Dimmer switch
If you are having trouble with your Hue Dimmer switch, perform a soft reset by pressing and holding all four buttons simultaneously until the LED indicator on the switch turns green.
Factory reset the Hue Dimmer switch
Factory reset your Dimmer switch by pressing and holding the "Setup" button on the back of the Dimmer switch for at least 10 seconds until the LED indicator on the front turns green. After the LED turns green, it will blink orange for several minutes.
Factory reset a Hue light
Sometimes an issue with a Hue light can be fixed by factory resetting it with the Hue Dimmer switch:
1. Power cycle the light: switch it off, wait for 15 seconds, and switch it back on.
2. Hold the Dimmer switch within six inches of the light.
3. Press and hold the "ON" and the "OFF" button for at least 10 seconds until the LED indicator on the switch turns green.