Hi SmartThings community,
I’m looking to see what the community thinks to my Philips Hue Dimmer remote fitting that will replace an existing UK wall light switch and if there is a need for such a product.
To cut a long story short-ish… I like many people in this community and elsewhere on the web have spent several weeks and a couple of ££’s looking for a viable Z Wave UK sized wall light fitting that is capable of controlling my Philips Hue lights. After reading lots of posts and trying several devices I have come to the conclusion, as per most people in the UK have that there isn’t one! I’m not going to go into details as to why not, other than to say Google is your friend.
So, moving on… I fired up my CAD software and designed my own wall plate based around the standard size of a UK wall light switch fitting, i.e. 86mm square with two screw holes. I then “adjusted” the height dimension to allow for the Philips HUE Dimmer remote to fit into the wall plate and “tried” to make it as aesthetically pleasing on the eye as I could. As per the original remote housing I will be using two small magnets mounted into the back of the plate to secure the remote when “docked”
This is what I came up …
NOTE… it’s only shown in blue as the colour helps to see contours etc.
I would be interested to see what the community thinks.
Next stage is to get it 3D printed, unfortunately I don’t have my own 3D printer (yet) so it’s off to the Internet to find an online 3D printing service although I imagine it’s not going to be cheap. However it has to be done as no matter how many measurements you take and designs revisions you make there is nothing like having the finished prototype in your hand, although this is a first for me with 3D printing. I’m also interested in seeing what the finish is like on a 3D printed model.
So that got me thinking, I have a requirement for 11 of these in my house and reading the forums of several sites, including this one there seems to be several people out there looking for something similar.
Is there a requirement to have these manufactured, can you do large-ish runs of 3d printing? Would the finish be adequate to use this as a replacement to existing light switches? If the interest is enough could they be injection moulded in plastic or even metal finished like existing wall light switches? So many questions…
Maybe a Kickstarter project could be a good place to start, but what would people want?
What I do know its Home Automation is a very popular subject and something as simple as being able to switch my lights off with a wall light nearly stopped me in my tracks. Hopefully this will give others inspiration.
Anyway…. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I’ll keep the post up to date as I move on and get the 3D printed prototype made.