Hue bulbs with true local control and no switch

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Thanks for the great idea and write-up by Juan Gonzalez


This is useful if you want to place Hue bulbs in a light fixture and not depend on a physical switch that needs to be on if you want Home Automation control of the bulbs. Remove the existing switch and hardwire the fixture. Do this at your own risk. Don't do it at all if you are not sure of the ramifications of hardwiring a light fixture without a switch to turn it on and off.

A safer option might be to leave the existing switch so you DO have full cutoff of the fixture if you need to, and put the Lutron Connected remote next to it. The Lutron remotes are so thin, that you can use the wall bracket listed below behind a larger faceplate without needing to cut the wall. If you have a single-gang light switch, just get a 2-gang cover. One side goes over the existing electrical box, the other side just sits next to the drywall with the pico remote sandwiched under it.


The Lutron remote is based on ZigBee wireless technology, so why not control the hue lights directly from the remote to avoid delay and just use the Wink/Hue App to adjust color variations or initiate automation?

Well, I proceeded to do this and followed Lutron’s instructions on pairing to a connected ZigBee bulb (see my diagram). It worked great, I was able to control the Hue light with the Lutron remote with fast response time, dimming and all!! … except … now the Hue bulb had been unpaired from the bridge, and thus was unavailable from Wink. So some might ask, why not just use the Philips wireless dimmer switch? Well, most of my potential applications for Hue bulbs entail using light sockets with existing switches that I need to remain functional and responsive. The Philips switch cannot be installed in a gang box, but the Lutron remote can with the optional adapter. Ok, so next thing I tried was to pair the Lutron remote to the bridge via the Philips Hue App by selecting the Phillips Hue Dimmer switch (see diagram). Once selected, I then placed the remote next to the Hue Bridge and followed the same pairing instructions as a light. The remote completed the full pairing light sequence, however, the Hue App never saw the actual remote and thus I finally just exited. I then proceeded to pair the remote directly to a Hue light that had an existing connection to the bridge following the same pairing instructions. Again, the Lutron remote paired to the Hue Light and was successfully controlling the light. Then I tried to turn on the light from my Wink app and finally success!!, it worked. Now I had the speed of light switch (dimming and all), with the cloud/robot automation of Wink. Ok, so what about if you have a 2/3/4 way switch need for the Hue lights. Well, Lutrons instructions to duplicate the light control of an exisiting remote is to do a remote to remote pairing. I tried this several times and it did not work. Each remote has to be individually paired, first to the bridge and then to each of the lights if you want to have multiple remotes controlling the same lights.


Philips Hue Lighting Products

Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote

Lutron PICO-WBX-ADAPT Pico Wallplate Bracket

(To install the Lutron Connected Bulb Remote in the place of a switch)