Lutron joins the Philips Hue ‘Friends of Hue’ programme, with a new smart bulb dimmer that prevents the toggle switch from being accidentally turned off.
Smart bulb users lose control of their smart lighting when a light switch is accidentally turned off. Lutron’s Aurora smart bulb dimmer is a wireless, battery-powered dimmer that can be mounted directly over a toggle switch, keeping Signify’s Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures ready for use.
“Lutron is pleased to join the Philips Hue ‘Friends of Hue’ programme and offer this unique, wall-mounted smart lighting control that enriches the Hue experience,” said Matt Swatsky of Lutron. “Together, Lutron and Signify are addressing smart bulb user feedback with an attractive and practical solution that locks toggle switches in place to keep smart bulbs ready, while providing an additional point of control. The Aurora dimmer simplifies the use of Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures for everyone in the home.”
The round knob dimmer snaps directly on to the mounting base that locks the existing toggle switch in the on/up position to provide wireless, local control. The Aurora dimmer is perfect for times when it’s less convenient to use the Philips Hue app to adjust your lights.
Just like the Philips Hue system, the Lutron Aurora smart bulb dimmer operates via Zigbee technology. Hue lights can still be controlled with the Aurora dimmer even if the wi-fi goes down.
Philips Hue, the world’s leading smart lighting system for the home, includes bulbs, strips, spots, lamps, sensors and controls. Since its launch in October 2012, Signify has encouraged other companies to develop devices, apps and systems that interoperate with the system; under the Friends of Hue partnership programme, products, applications and platforms from participating companies are tested and certified as being able to integrate with Philips Hue to deliver a quality and seamless new lighting experience