Having replaced over half of our standard LED light bulbs with the Philips Hue Personal wireless LED light bulbs only one problem remained, how to replace the UK light switch with the Philips Hue light switch? UK light switches are square, and Philips Hue wireless light switches are rectangular, it is not a case of simple case of just replacing one with the other, it just doesn’t fit whatever you try to do.
Fortunately someone very resourceful has tackled the problem and provided a neat solution. Armed with a bank of 3D Printers, this eBayer produces and sells a variety of different UK light switch to Philips Hue light switch adapter plates. The adapter plate screws over the top of the existing UK light switch to allow access to the original wall mounted on/off switch.
The adapter shown plates below are a 10mm deep, singles. Other sizes include 5mm, a wider slot to accommodate access to up to two light switches, and version that acts as a blanking plate.
Behind each adapter plate is a rare earth magnet to allow the remote to be retained within the slot. Also included are longer screws and screw blanking caps.
The finish of the 3D adapter plate printed is excellent. Yes you can see the grain of the printed material, it is not a problem and not something you’ll be staring at all day anyway. One item to note is that the the adapter is not glossy, if this is an issue and you’re a dab hand with a spray can of paint it would be something you could modify. In the photo above you can see tiny hairs of plastic, these were easy to brush off as you will see in the later photographs.
Step 1: Here’s our standard UK light switch; to get started simply remove the screws from the switch.
Step 2: Place the light switch adapter over the original light switch and replace the screws, use the longer screws if required. The adapter plate is orientated with the indentation at the top. The original light switch remains accessible through the opening.
Step 3: Place the Philips Hue remote light switch into the adapter plate’s slot, the magnet on the rear of the adapter plate will hold the Hue remote light switch in place.
Step 4: Optional – add the supplied screw blanking plates. These are a friction fit and do require a little work with a nail file or similar to get them to fit flush. I don’t feel they are needed and have only attached them in the photograph below for illustrative purposes.
The original Philips Hue adapter plate is no longer needed and can be stored or re-sold.
This is a brilliant product, a wonderful invention, and reasonable value at £10.99 including UK postage.
(PHILIPS is a registered trademark of Koninklijke Philips N.V.)