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Philips - hue Tap Remote Switch - White

Model: 456699/473363SKU: 7863116

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 481 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but room for improvements

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    PrinceOfUSA
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    I would say I am quite happy getting the hue Tap Remote Switch. I got one for the living room and one for the kitchen. I can easily dedicate one theme to each button (three themes per unit) and it also has the OFF feature by clicking in the middle of the unit. It is very easy and handy to have this switch, instead of having to open the app on my phone each time I e.g. enters the kitchen to put the lights on and then off again when leaving. I used the included double sided tape to fasten the unit to the wall. It really stays sturdy on the wall and it has been sitting there for about two months now. I though miss the ability to use more themes from time to time without having to use the app on my phone. I therefore think this unit has room for improvements. Instead of only having one theme per button, it would be nice to allow for more themes. This could be manageable by letting the user e.g. double click on a button to get another theme. Right there, we would have twice as many themes per unit. A combination by clicking more than one button at a time could also work. I wish Philips can read my comment here and hopefully make it work in the future :-) As advertised, I would give this unit five stars, but I deduct one for less options than wanted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Quick Light Switching

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    skycorgan
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    I use this in my home office / den to control the lighting scenes. The space is a 'flex' space that acts as a home office during working hours, and as a relaxation/video games/tv space in the evenings and weekends. The Hue system is perfect for me as it lets me cater my lighting to my use. The Tap lets me quickly change without unlocking my mobile phone. It's awesome it uses no batteries, which means I never have to worry about it dying on me. It does have one quirk, the 2-3-4 buttons must be pressed in a certain way. What I've learned is that the trick is to press the button closest to the center of the tap. For example, Button 2 is on the left side; putting my finger on the far right edge of Button 2 and pressing it reliably triggers the proper scene. Button 3 pressed from top of button 3, and Button 4 to the furthest left of the button. It's much smaller than you might think looking at pictures of it on the web, it is in fact a good size. Not too big to be obtrusive, not too small as to be hard to use. Other than that one quirk of learning how to press the buttons, it works perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

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    MADDOG
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    I've used Philips Hue products in my smart home for over 6 months, and I have nothing negative to say. I use Apple HomeKit with them, and it works fine. Excellent product. PROS: The switch sticks to the wall with double sided tape, so it can be moved as needed (no permanent installation), and it can be placed wherever you'd like. The switch can be installed in under 1 minute with no tools. The switch doesn't use electricity and has no batteries, so you don't need to worry about running to the store. It feels like a solid construction (it's in my living room, so I use it multiple times a day, and my kids have not broken it). Also, the switch itself easily detaches from the base, so it can be used as a remote control. It pairs easily with the Hue Bridge. It's a perfect option if you just want access to a few frequently-used scenes, and need on/off action only (no brightness adjustment or dimming from switch, though always adjustable via smart phone app). CONS: They are a bit pricey. In terms of function or limitations of use, there are no cons. A less expensive option is the Philips Hue 'Wireless Dimmer Switch w/ Remote'; it's about $20 cheaper and available at Best Buy).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Extremely useful for Hue System

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    Tbeetles
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    Without this device it would have been pretty tough to keep the hue system in our house - as much as i liked the lights - the lack of a switch sometimes made things cumbersome, being able to preset this to different settings was nice - program button one to on and a second push of button one to off - with 4 buttons i found it to be more then enough to accomplish what we needed so you didnt have to always get your phone - the only 2 issues that keep this from 5 stars -- first we placed this on the wall, buttons 1 3 and 4 are easy to push, but button 2, ( button on the right) can be hard to push, and sometimes registers as button 1 if you do not make sure you press it in the right fashion, the fact is uses kinetic energy makes it great for the lack of batters, but requires the button press to be a bit more cumbersome leading to problem we had. The second issue, is that it is not a smart device - meaning if you had button one configured for 1 push on second push off, it keeps track of itself from the perspective of if it is on press one or 2, not the light status -- meaning , if you press button 1 to turn the lights on, then turn them off with your phone, then press the button again, it will turn the already off lights off, making you have to press the button again, not a big deal, but a limitation for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall value & improves Hue experience

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    ThinkyPants
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    These switches look decent & they don't require any batteries which is a nice plus. But the main perk is that you can call up custom "scenes" from your hue bridge with the push of a button. Otherwise, you have to do everything from your phone, tablet, etc. which is really tedious for something you want to be able to access as quickly as a light switch. I've mounted a few on walls where a regular light switch would go but it's also nice that they feature a removable mount plate so you can remove them & use it like a remote & then put them back on the wall when you're done. My only gripes are that the buttons are a little hard to push & that as of now, one of the 4 buttons will need to be allocated to turn your lights off. So for example, if you turn on the lights using button 2, you can't just hit the 2 button again to turn them off. It's a one way street. If you want to turn them off, you have to program one of the other buttons to turn your lights off. In my case, I program the large button on all my taps to be a "master off" button that turns all my Hue lights off. Philips Hue has a "toggle" feature available via their beta "Labs" website right now so presumably this is something that will be addressed in future updates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's adequate

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    Brian
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    For a controller that doesn't require batteries, it works pretty well. My biggest complaint and the reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that you can't program the buttons to do "last state" for 4 rooms or individual lights (or any combination of such). It would be perfect if you could set each button to toggle the lights in 4 different rooms on and off. Alas, Philips doesn't have that as an option as of this review. It's possible that Philips could push out an update to add this as an option, but I'm not going to hold my breath. So I have one button set to turn off 3 rooms, and the 3 other buttons to turn on the rooms. I do have a 4th "room" but that's my stairs and I actually prefer to leave those lights on all the time. That's why I said this is adequate, although not ideal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good alone. Better with Hue Labs

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    Skip
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    Pros: Controls scenes in up to 4 rooms at a time, multiple lights per room. Requires no power or batteries. Touch powered. Detaches from wall. Take it with you as a remote control, to change the lighting to read in bed, etc. Place on nightstand while sleeping. Accessible when you wake and put back in its wall "holster" when leaving the room so the cycle can repeat. Cons: Out of the box it only provides four buttons with only one action per button. Gives power over a bunch of lights, but you can't do a bunch with them. No toggle or dimmable functionality. Enter labs.meethue.com. The Tap Toggle applet is an immeasurable helper. All applets are Philips own, but for those interested in testing additional functionality. Discovered this via Philips Hue email due to account setup and now wouldn't use the Tap without it. Will buy more as we afford to Hue-ify our home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, design could be improved

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    OrbitalGun
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    The setup with my Hue bridge was very easy. The Tap works well as a bedside switch (wanted a solution that enabled me to activate a specific scene without having to cycle through multiple scenes like with the Hue wireless dimmer switch) and is small enough that mounting it on the wall would not be aesthetically displeasing. However, the physical functionality of the device requires that the buttons be pressed in exactly the right way for it to register. The entire Tap is a large button that depresses (associated with Function 1). The 3 individual buttons (Functions 2-4) also depress the entire Tap, but should trigger separate actions. I've found that if the small buttons are not pushed exactly in the center, they will register as Function 1. Not a dealbreaker for me at all, but I can easily see how it could annoy others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works, I suppose

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    DrThunderbutt
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    I like that it doesn't use batteries but the thing is kinda weird. Unlike your typical on/off switch in which you intuitively expect that the thing toggles the light on and off - well, it ain't like that. You have four programmable buttons that you can make do one particular thing. You have three buttons, then the whole entire unit also acts as a giant button. I wanted to have the whole thing toggle such that I click the giant button, the light turns on, click it again, and the light turns off. Nope. What made the most sense was to have the giant button turn off, with the other three set to various presets. Oh, also, on the iPhone the software has options that are below screen that require you to scroll up. This is not at all obvious as there is no scroller widget or anything. I struggled with this forever. Anyway, yeah, it works but it's weird and does not seem entirely thought out in terms of usability.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Highly programmable

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    trabpukcip
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    I currently have five of these in my home. One is on the night stand, and I currently have it for evening, sleep, morning and daytime routines. The others have a variety of functions assigned to each button, and I change them somewhat regularly to fine tune how each reacts. In the Hue app there are many routines that can be found in the "Hue Labs" section. Those routines add different kinds of functionality to the Tap Switch beyond the standard on/off. A point of clarification about how these are powered: each tap of the switch recharges the on-board battery. The battery isn't (as far as I know) replaceable, and the unit does not have to be charged via a separate power source.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Complement to Hue System

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    hasel001
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    After switching a large number of conventional bulbs to Hue bulbs, I noticed an issue: not everyone who comes to my house knows how it operates. Everyone is used to normal light switches, but I would often come home to find many of my Hue lights without power because, for example, the babysitter needed to turn off the lights and found a way to do it. Enter the Hue Tap. It looks similar enough to a light switch that even someone unfamiliar with the system would understand its basic use. I put in two of these units where a physical toggle was good to have. Response time is fast, and I love the fact that it generates its own power from the act of pressing it. It looks nice and unobtrusive. I'm not crazy about the price tag, but it was worth it for the two places I deployed them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Cool & Useful for Hue Lovers

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    dudeman2015
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    This switch is awesome, very cool little device. It can be installed anywhere (it does not use any power at all, not even a battery; something about how you press it creates a small amount of friction generated electricity to turn it on and off). So you can mount this anywhere to use it. Programming at first did not work with their new app so I used their older app to program it and that worked ( I bet they fix that with the next update). It has 4 pre-sets for scenes that you can pick, and whats cool is if you want more pre-sets for a certain room then you can just buy another tap to put on the wall next to it. Great for the basement when the kids have friends over, they use the "party switch" which has all the cool color scenes that the kids love. Very happy with how this has performed thus far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great switch for Phillips Hue products

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    steamingjava
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    This is my second switch like this for Phillips Hue lights. It's a great little switch to turn on/off/adjust lighting for my Hue bulbs. The nice thing is it has no batteries to change, and just pushing the button "charges" it internally. It does take some force to press the buttons, but it also means the lights aren't easily turned on or off by accident. It comes with a cradle to mount on the wall and you take the round button device out of the holster and have with you wherever you need to be able to control the lights from. You can also program this through Hue for other lighting patterns, or leave it at default as I do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A "Must Have" Addition to any Hue Light Set-up!

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    gadgetguy11
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    Hue is an outstanding light system. However,here are frequent times when you want to turn the lights on or off without using your iPhone or iPad. Enter Hue Tap! Using kinetic energy, now a simple press, and Hue is on or off! This is a necessary addition to any Hue Lighting set-up. The kinetic energy design is a first, and is appropriate, considering Hue is an energy saving LED light system. Hue Tap can sit on a table, mount on a wall, so the versatility is excellent. If I could change anything, I would add the ability to change color on the fly directly from Tap, but you have the ability to control light scenes, which work well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bought and returned within 2 days! Horrible

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    recruiter89
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    I love my new Hue Flood lights and figured I would add on a sort of physical switch of some sort and read the reviews and this seemed like a good option. There is not much to this device and it is quite small and you can opt to mount it to the wall or table. Hooking this up was pretty cumbersome since you have to hold down a button to get it to sync and be recognized by the app. It took several tries and the buttons are not labeled and you have to push hard to get the button to register. The device feels cheap and clicking the buttons after a bit was annoying. I did get it connected after 10 tries but in the end I returned this since it does not really help at all to use the lights. It is annoying and pretty much a surprising joke product to me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Innovation

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    Danejo
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    After buying my Hue lux lights I became dependent on my smart phone to turn on/off my lights which is very time consuming. So i ended up buying the tap. My first installation was difficult because I thought that the buttons was not responding and later returned it for a replacement. It turns out that you have to push the three buttons really hard so that the middle part also clicks. This is because there is a magnetic switch that turned the circuit board on that allows it to communicate with the bridge, therefore it does not require a battery but it is just really hard to push but it takes a little time to get used to. Also the this product is really expensive. I would defintely buy another one if they lowered the price. 59 dollars is not cheap. But overall it is a good product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Have for any Hue Set-up

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    Jhays
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    I absolutely love the hue system! all the ways you can customize the system is mind blowing. the only real hard thing about the system is getting used to the idea that you don't use your light switches and only use your phone... this can get annoying. even tho its really cool to be able to pull out your phone and impress friends with your crazy lights, doing this for every day use isn't very intuitive. generally you will settle on a few basic themes that you will use in your every day life. the Hue tap solves all the problems of using your system on an every day use, and best of all IT WILL NEVER NEED BATTERIES! the tap is an absolute must have for any Hue lighting set up, its amazing they don't include it in the initial set up box set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Most useful when synced with HomeKit

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    Kenfr
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    The power of the Tap switch is amplified when synced with HomeKit because the switch can control any scene or device on your Home platform. For example, my Goodnight scene turns off every light and fan downstairs. I assigned this scene to the “one dot” switch. A single press turns off Hue lights, lights and fans controlled by Lutron switches, and lowers Serena shades. Amazing! And you still have 3 more switches to program! See “How to configure Hue dimmer switches for HomeKit” at LinkdHOME.com for more info. I would have rated the product 5 stars if the installation guide had given me the info I just gave you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    got to have two..

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    haggis
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    I love the Hue personally. You will be wanting these for that familiar light switch feel that your phone just is too weird for always pulling out at say...2 AM... GENERAL BULB REVIEW: OK, yes they are expensive...But, they are awesome. If you buy only a couple at a time and wait for sales at Best buy (they DO have them from time to time) You can eventually have the whole house set up. Speaking of set-up, it is relatively easy for even a novice. I do have suspicions however, that they take up a bit of the bandwidth if that is an issue for you. They work best if your home is primarily light colored walls, as you can completely have a new look whenever you want to by uploading any picture or color scheme that suits your mood and...Bam, new paint!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Functional switch, easy to use and setup

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    oo63
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    I purchased this switch to control the 3 Hue lights that are in our nursery. Rather than fumbling with the phone during middle of the night feedings and diaper changes, I figured this switch will get the job done easily - and it sure did! The button has four buttons which can be assigned a light scene individually. I programmed the large button as the "OFF" switch, followed by three level of brightness on the rest of the three available buttons (night light, dimmed and bright). Even though the Hue lights in the nursery are controlled by this tap switch, it does not hinder controlling them through the phone app. Highly recommended if you want to control light scenes with the tap of a switch! It does not use any battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend