Philips Hue Tap Overview
One of the great things about modern LED lighting is how quickly you can change brightness or colour. Using the Hue system you can set the mood through colour and ambience at the push of a button.
The Hue Tap is an innovative, handheld remote which can be wall mounted and is light enough to be easily carried around the home.
Each Tap can be programmed with 4 scenarios, allowing you to change the entire connected network of Hue bulbs and lamps with a single push.
One of the most interesting features is that there are no batteries required! The entire Tap remote is powered by kinetic energy. Thanks to the low power nature of the Zigbee protocol, the rocking motion of the button is all the power required to send a signal to the Bridge.
What is Philips Hue?
Philips Hue is now one of the most accessible and popular global options to create a personalised lighting suite in your home.
Developed using the smart Zigbee lighting protocol, all you need to get started is a Philips Hue Bridge and the Philips Hue app for your iOS or Android device.
The Bridge acts as a controller. Place it somewhere central and accessible, and it will talk to any of the Philips Hue bulbs, lamps and accessories you choose to plug in around your home.
Through the app, you can then control the connected equipment, either individually or in groups. If you connect your Bridge to your home router via an Ethernet cable, you can also use the app to remotely control your lighting from anywhere in the world when connected to the Internet.
As the system uses the Zigbee protocol, items can be automatically updated with new software and can also integrate with Zigbee equipment from other manufacturers.
Reasons to buy Philips Hue Tap
- Remotely control your Philips Hue network
- 4 configurable buttons
- No batteries required, powered by kinetic energy
- Connect up to 25 Tap switches to one Hue Bridge
Discover the Full Philips Hue Range
There are a wide range of Philips Hue bulbs, lamps and other lighting equipment. Choose a select combination of fittings to suit your personal style and homespace.
Starter kits are designed for the first time Philips Hue user. Each kit comes complete with at least two bulbs, plus a Philips Hue Bridge.
The Bridge is the controller; all of your installed Hue equipment talks through it. It's also what your smartphone is talking to when you make changes. The Bridge can be connected to the Internet to allow remote control when you are out of range of your home network.
Individual bulbs can be added to your Philips Hue network at any time. A single Philips Hue Bridge can control up to 50 unique bulbs simultaneously.
Most bulbs are available in one of B22 bayonet, E27 screw or GU10 spotlight options. White and Colour / White Ambiance models are dimmable, standard White are not.
Alongside the standalone bulbs, Philips also offer plug-and-play lamps and LED tracks. These items are provided with a wired mains power adaptor.
They can also be controlled directly via smartphone apps, rather than going through a Philips Hue Bridge, although they can be included with a Bridge network if you wish to integrate them with other Hue eqipment.
Looking to remotely control or add some automation to your Philips Hue network? A few controllers are available to assist you. Motion sensors can be added and programmed with IFTTT, alongside remote control switches and dimmers.
Philips Hue Tap Specification
- Connect up to 25 Hue Tap switches to one Hue Bridge
- NO batteries required (powered by kinetic energy)
- Wireless protocol: Zigbee Green Power, IEEE 802.15.4
- Frequency band: 2.4GHz (2400–2483.5 MHz)
- Signal range: 15–30m
- 75 x 25 mm / 90 grams
- 50,000 click lifetime
- 4 configurable buttons
- Operational temperature: 0°C – 40°C
- Operational humidity: 0% < H < 80%