Comments for RunLessWire Wireless Light Switches, 3-way switches, Friends of Hue switches Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:23:44 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Buyer’s Guide 2019: Smart Home Devices for Safety, Security & Energy Savings - Paul Solutions Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:15:20 +0000 The biggest problem with smart lights is dumb (a.k.a. standard) light switches. To control smart lights from your phone, the light switch needs to be turned on at all times. This creates a lot of problems, because there are often kids or guests in the house who can’t access HomeKit. There are also a lot of times when a physical switch makes more sense. I feel pretty silly carrying my phone at night, asking Siri to turn on and off the lights as I walk through the house. Smart switches solve this problem by providing a physical control for your smart light. RunLessWire is my favorite smart switch I tested. As the name implies, it doesn’t require any electrical wiring and doesn’t run off of a battery. Instead, it generates power from the click of the switch as you turn lights on or off. It comes with a kit for replacing your standard light switch. I just put mine on the nightstand and can now control the lights in my room and closet from my bed.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Joseph Alvini Tue, 22 Oct 2019 02:14:19 +0000 When are you guys gonna team up with LifX, I just bought this for my Hue lights and this is by far the best switch on the market. Completely worth the money. I just installed this in my bedroom and my fiancee completely loves it. However I really would like if it was supported by other products such as LifX, then I can literally replace every switch in my house with these. As it stands I will probably replace about 60% of the switches in my house now with them, which will more than likely require me to get a second Hue bridge.

Anyway, thanks for the amazing switch, you guys are awesome.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Tripp Allen Tue, 23 Jul 2019 17:24:41 +0000 I’m an idiot when it comes to electrical wiring, so the concept of replacing a switch in the first place is daunting…but this was extremely easy and works absolutely flawlessly. I have bought a few different switches to use with my Hue lights, but this is the only one that doesn’t require some sort of watch battery that needs to be replaced every so often.

It’s a pricey upgrade at $60 a piece, but it’s perfect for two rooms of my house. I bought one to try it out and like it enough to come back and buy a second one for the other area where this’ll be of use.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Bryson Wolf Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:33:54 +0000 Great product. Highly recommend for any hue user. Easy setup, no batteries or wires.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Rick Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:41:28 +0000 I bought and have installed flawlessly. I agree that I am not a fan of hardwiring, but it works. This is what I would have expected Phillips to come out on their own, but nonetheless we have one here. Highly recommended.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Wes Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:30:24 +0000 Pro: Provides switch control for Phillips Hue Lights, Single or Double rocker options, single and long press options
Con: Expensive, requires direct power to the light fixture, requires a Hue bridge
Overall: Great addition, but expensive

I invested in Phillips Hue lights before I had experience with other options, Smart Dimmer Switches (i.e. Wemo). If I had to purchase more than light bulb, I would consider getting a Smart Switch. However, I approximately 10 bulbs so I have used them. The issue I found was that someone unfamiliar with the set up would turn off the power at the switch which would prevent me from using Alexa to control the light. This issue was maddening. I found some guides for using a add-on switch by directly connecting power and using routines to control power, but it was difficult to find add-on switches that had an antennae to provide this feature.

This device functions in the same way. You connect both lines (i.e. black and white) together to provide power to the fixture, but the Hue bridge controls the power and dimness. There is an option for a single pole or two poles. This is similar to a switch I once bought that connect the ceiling fan and the light to one switch with two rockers. There are multiple configurations possible. I could have a single pole with the power (i.e. on/off) controlled by a single click and the dimness (i.e. 10%, 50%, 100%) controlled by a click and hold. I could have a double pole with two sets of lights functioning in the same way or use the 1st pole to control the power and the right to control the dimness.

This is a really great addition to my Hue ecosystem. It can be expensive to have bulbs and a switch to control them, but if you already have the bulbs and are looking for a more convenient way to control them, this is a great purchase.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by RunLessWire Fri, 08 Mar 2019 15:56:00 +0000 In reply to Douglas Anderson.


Thank you for taking time to provide feedback and a review! We are pleased that you had a positive experience and appreciate the feedback.

You may want to check out the third party app HueDynamics, which offers additional configuration options to the Click for Hue switch, including alternate press and hold options and cycling through scenes with subsequent presses, etc.

Feel free to check it out and let us know how it goes.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Darin Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:22:26 +0000 Impressive and simple. I was looking for a solution for house guests (of all ages) to be able to operate the lighting and its functions. Couldn’t be easier. Intuitive to use, it’s just like a decora switch (only smarter and easier to install) plus it fits into the electrical box next to existing switches and/or in place of them. Genius!

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Douglas Anderson Mon, 04 Mar 2019 23:49:03 +0000 Almost perfect, a couple of adjustments and I would call it perfect.

First off, I really like this switch, I ordered it a few days ago, it got here fairly fast, and getting installed and running was pretty simple. Matter of fact much simpler than the original switch it replaced.

The place where I installed this switch, my kitchen. My kitchen did not have under cabinet lighting and so it was fairly dark, and the chandelier type light that was in the middle of the kitchen added glare to the TV in the family room. The switch was kind of far from the living room so when someone left the kitchen light on it was kind of a hassle to turn the light off. So first I installed a smart switch in the kitchen, which was good, but then I added under and over cabinet lighting using the Phillips LED strips, but the problem now was I could control everything through voice, but no actual physical switch to control both sets of lighting. I also had a few hue lights left over from a different room when I found this switch, and now the plan came together.

First off installation of this was pretty easy, took only about 20 minutes, and that was with me fumbling around a bit. The hardest part was really getting the old switch off the wall. I installed this into a 2 gang switch box, it fit in just fine. The only problem I had with this installation is that I initially installed the switch upside down, I kind of wish the arrow they had on the switch was a different color than the switch itself. Since it is covered up, and also when installing a light switch the person may not be in the brightest of rooms, so having a white on white arrow was eventually helpful, but if it were a dark color on white background would have made installation a bit easier.

The only other thing that makes it a little less perfect is the app does restrict the hold buttons to dim/brighten the light and can not be used to change colors. It would be a great improvement if it were an option to have something in the software that allows the hold up/down to cycle through possible profiles for the lights in the groups selected.

But I have been looking for something similar to this for a while, and it may change my strategy for a couple of other room configurations that I have in mind. Rooms where I have room for other switches but are currently only wired for one.

Comment on Click for Philips Hue by Yuri Dogandjiev Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:09:40 +0000 Exactly what the Hue ecosystem has been missing! Fits right in with my other Decora switches and controls my Hue lights. It also feels very safe because the switch doesn’t draw any power. I initially though using the single paddle would be better; however, I then realized the programmable options offered by the dual paddle outweigh the slightly wacky look.