I LOVE my Hue Lights, I really do. Every light fitting in the house has a Hue Bulb. The only issue I’ve had is with the Philips Hue Switches. They work magnificently, however, because they are so wildly different to UK Light Switches it’s very difficult to replace them. Until now! It’s really simple to replace light switches with Philips Hue switches. I thought I’d put together a quick step by step guide on how to do it – there’s no drama or messing with wiring.
There have been a few different solutions offered. I’ve seen 3D Printed switch covers that go over the top of existing switches – but they looked a little rubbish. In the past, I’ve just had the original light switches removed and covered with a blanking plate, and then put the switch over that. It’s not ideal, because the light is stuck on, and there’s no way to manually override it. Plus – it doesn’t look good. However, with this method to replace light switches with Philips Hue switches, the original switch is retained AND there’s no wiring required – it’s an easy DIY job.
This guide assumes your Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch is already set up and working with your lights.
What you need to replace light switches with Philips Hue switches
- Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch
- Samotech SM200 Light Switch Cover for Philips Hue Dimmer Adapter
- Small Flat Headed Screwdriver
- Five Minutes (if that!)
How to replace Light Switches with Philips Hue Switches
- Just to be 100% safe, switch off your power – just in case! You won’t be touching any wiring, but it’s better to be careful!
Remove the 2 screws holding your existing light switch to the back box in the wall.
Unwrap the Samotech SM200 Light Switch Cover and place over the existing light switch. It should be clear of the switches, and the holes should line up.
- Using the screws that came with the Samotech SM200 Light Switch Cover, screw the cover to the wall over your existing light switch. Make sure the screws are tight, but not TOO tight.
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