Philips Hue Tap switch - down to £40.49 (from £49.99) @ Amazon (Prime Exclusive)
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Philips Hue Tap switch - down to £40.49 (from £49.99) @ Amazon (Prime Exclusive)

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Found 8th Mar
This seems like a good deal. I've only seen it for around £5 less and that was last summer when it was £35.99.

Stock seems to be arriving on March 13 but you can still purchase now!
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You're much better off getting the dimmer switch. Does everything this does for half the price.
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And no batteries required
What is the advantages of this? How does it work in real life scenarios?
Older model. The newer model is still just under £50.
You're much better off getting the dimmer switch. Does everything this does for half the price.
ian1817 m ago

Older model. The newer model is still just under £50.


And what's the difference?
greencode46 m ago

You're much better off getting the dimmer switch. Does everything this …You're much better off getting the dimmer switch. Does everything this does for half the price.


I'm a sucker for technology and splashing out but even I've come to the same conclusion about these. Apart from the battery aspect (which last for ages anyway on the dimmer) as far as I can work out, you can actually do less with these.
At Christmas I got one of these and the dimmer switch. The only advantage is not needing battery, but that is it.

Even though the design at first glance is interesting, it is really awkward to use. It feels wrong. The whole thing creaks and tilts for each of the three buttons. There is no satisfying click apart from possibly the #1 setting which basically means pressing the whole thing, this sort of works as a big off button. I have no idea what they were thinking.

It has 4 settings which you can program but no dimming option. I can imagine it could be of use in a room which only needs specific settings, e.g. a home cinema room, or a shop. Other than that get the dimmer, even at this sale price you get two dimmers for this.

If you are still considering, please at least have a go with one in a shop first.
Edited by: "ElBuc" 8th Mar
I picked one of these on a 'free accessory' offer a while back, It's not bad - I can pick between 4 customisable scenes for a set of lights (though practically that's 3 scenes and 'off'). The dimmer switch on the other hand has on/off/brighter/darker buttons, and you can switch through scenes by repeatedly pressing the 'on' button.

Both devices can be wall mounted, both devices can be detached and carried around. Personally I prefer the dimmer switch even though the dimmer switch has batteries while the tap doesn't (though the dimmer's batteries last ages) - the dimmer feels a lot like a small remote control while you carry it around, the fact that the tap has no batteries means you really need to push the button in (it's like a big quiz-show button even if you want to activate scenes 2-4 because that big button action is where the power comes from), but most importantly the dimmer is around £20 while the tap is usually around £50.
But why? New dimmer switch can has its buttons reconfigured and us so much cheaper!
dimav831 h, 22 m ago

But why? New dimmer switch can has its buttons reconfigured and us so much …But why? New dimmer switch can has its buttons reconfigured and us so much cheaper!


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wotsupmrbear3 m ago

You can do much more with this over the £20 remote. For example you can …You can do much more with this over the £20 remote. For example you can add 4 different.scenes to each button if you wish. You have to buy an app for £5 but if you have a few hue lamps it’s a good investment.



You can do much more with this over the £20 remote. For example you can add 4 different.scenes to each button if you wish. You have to buy an app for £5 but if you have a few hue lamps it’s a good investment.

actually thinking about it, maybe you can do the same with the £20 dimmer?
wotsupmrbear17 h, 16 m ago

You can do much more with this over the £20 remote. For example you can …You can do much more with this over the £20 remote. For example you can add 4 different.scenes to each button if you wish. You have to buy an app for £5 but if you have a few hue lamps it’s a good investment.actually thinking about it, maybe you can do the same with the £20 dimmer?


Yes, you can programme 3 or 4 scenes on the with the dimmer, plus off so it's as good as or better. Only thing with the dimmer is you press the on button to cycle through the programmes, with the tap you press once to get your selected scene. So the tap would probably be good in a shop.

You don't have to spend £5 on an app, the Philips Hue app is free. It's not the best interface for my iPhone (adjusting brightness of bottom bulb on list!!) but it has still got lots of features. I believe they are releasing a redesign soon.
The better apps that allow reprogramming the buttons are pay for but are worth it eg iConnectHue or all4Hue, you are better of with the other dimmer and then buy a UK faceplate of eBay to fix over existing Switch.
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