Hue App Update Includes Support for Forthcoming ‘Friends of Hue’ Switches

Philips hue have recently updated their app (v. 3.8.0) but some people may not have noticed (including myself, if I’m honest) that this update comes with support for the forthcoming ‘Friends of Hue’ light switches that were premiered back in July, like the ones below by Vimar for example.

In the app itself, within – Settings > accessory setup > Add accessory  – you get an option for adding a ‘Friends of Hue switch’, which then guides you through a quick setup process.

If you’re unfamiliar with these forthcoming light switches, Evert Schaeffer, Head of product management, Friends of Hue at Philips Lighting has said “These new Friends of Hue switches provide the perfect way to bring the benefits and features of Philips Hue to a wider audience and are an addition to the existing control options such as the Philips Hue app, wireless dimmer switch, voice control, schedules and sensors.  With the flick of a switch you and your guests can use the smart wall switch to control your Philips Hue lights, without interrupting power to the system, as would be the case with a standard wall switch. This is part of our ongoing commitment to grow the Philips Hue ecosystem to make connected lighting experiences more accessible for our customers in their homes.”

This update hopefully means these new switches are just around the corner – and just may be available in time for your Christmas shopping list…

More information on the switches mentioned above can be found at

Thanks to Mariusz for the tip off.

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