If you have Philips Hue lights in your home, physical light switches become less useful. If you want, you can hide them and use a dimmer instead.
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The Hue lights are amazing, and while you can control them from your phone using the Hue app, Philips makes the Hue Dimmer Switch for people who want the option of physical control. It even comes with a mounting plate so you can attach it to the wall and make it look like a real light switch.
The only problem is that you still have an existing light switch, and since the switch should always be in the «On» state, there really is no reason for it to be easily accessible. You don’t want to get rid of it entirely, because if you lose Wi-Fi, you may need a physical switch to turn off the light. However, you can hide it to look cleaner and prevent people from accidentally turning it off.
The easiest method
Perhaps the cheapest and easiest way to hide an existing light switch is to cover the switch itself with a switch shield and be done with it. We even already wrote a guide on how to do it.
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You can buy safety guards for regular toggle switches or for more beautiful «decorator» switches. The guard hides the actual switch (while leaving it accessible if you need it), but it doesn’t completely hide the entire light switch and cover. And if you want to mount a Hue Dimmer Switch on a wall, you should mount it next to an existing light switch and just let the two coexist peacefully.
The good news is that there are some better options, but they require a little more work and money.
Use a switch cover with magnets
If most of your home uses decorator-style paddle switches, there’s a really handy way to hide the switch by placing a tint dimmer switch above it. This provides a cleaner, more natural look.
You will need a decorator style switch guard, some strong thin rare earth magnets and super glue. Because the Hue Dimmer Switch has a small metal plate inside, it can stick to any strong enough magnet — that’s how it sticks to its own mounting plate. You’re pretty much doing the same thing here, but replacing the backplate for the mounting plate.
All you have to do is stick a magnet on the inside of the switch guard halfway between the top and bottom (you may need to double the magnets if it’s not strong enough).
From there, mount the protective shroud onto the existing switch and then simply place the tint dimmer switch on top of the switch protective shroud — the magnets will cling to the dimmer switch and it will look like it’s actually there, not something that looks like a little out of place. .
Yes, the regular switch is a bit harder to get to if you need it, but you can still slide the dimmer out of the way and access the regular switch fairly quickly.
3D printed custom switch cover
If you’re really keen to find a good solution for this, you can download 3D switch cover plans for your Hue Dimmer Switch, or make your own if you have creative solutions for it.
This one, for example, is really nothing more than a spacer that you can then mount your Hue Dimmer Switch on, completely hiding the original light switch.
Of course, the hardest part is 3D printing if you don’t already have a 3D printer. Luckily, there are many ways to get around this, as there are many services that can 3D print things for you for a fee, whether it’s a pre-made plan or something you designed yourself.