The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch has been out of stock for months, even before the 2021 Christmas holiday season. What gives?
If you are like me and many others, the Philips Hue products are on the top of the food chain when it comes to smart home lighting. Their products perform the best and are well built. Personally, I own a lot of Hue devices. They just work and look so good. Expensive as they may be, it’s so worth it.
However, one product, in particular, has been gone from store shelves and online marketplaces alike, the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch. Where are these devices? Why are they out of stock virtually everywhere? Are they discontinued? At this point, no one really knows. But people have noticed as there are several Reddit threads pertaining to this very issue. Also, this may be an issue affecting the United States as some advise the unit is available in other parts of the world. This has not been confirmed fully.
Some speculate this is due to chip shortages, supply, demand, etc. This has been going on for months even before the Christmas Holiday of 2021.
Now, you can still find some used on places like eBay, if you want to pay a little more than the MSRP of $24.99. Or, get it brand new for more than double the cost by Amazon Scalpers for about $70. It’s a bit ridiculous, but it is happening right now.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is a device that really does add to your smart home. Not only does it dim your lights, turn them off and on, and all that, it also acts as a removable remote. So it really is a truly versatile product. So for it not to be in stock anywhere, puts a damper on some of your smart home planning.
Are there alternatives for the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch?
Well, right now there is not really an alternative “per se” for this particular dimmer switch. The one that can come close on both design and price is the Sengled Dimmer switch. Sengled makes good products themselves and make a remote like the Philips Hue at a price of around $20.
However, the Sengled version does not integrate directly with the Philips Hue bridge, so you will need another hub. I recommend the Samsung Smartthings system (Now Aeotec) as Sengled integrates perfectly. This way, your hue bulbs, and the Sengled dimmer switch are both connected, therefore being able to control your lights.
Smartthings is a great ecosystem and is compatible with so many devices. I use the Smartthings hub for most of my automations and keep the Alexa device specifically for voice command automations. Smartthings can run devices on a local level via the ZigBee protocol, so it’s worth picking one up.
But, as far as the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch, we have no real idea of what is actually going on. We have reached out to Philips for comment, but have not heard back as of yet. We will update this article if they make a comment.