Philips Hue help needed with Hue dimmer switch/remote

Hi , i know it’s not exactly smartthings but Philips hue doesn’t seem to have much of a support forum, and well you guys…are just so helpful i thought i’d try here. :thinking:

I have Philips hue remote and would like to configure it in such a way that one light would come on at the same time as another going off.

I have a 3x GU10s fitted into the main light fixture in the living room and a small lamp in the corner. I have the remote fitted neatly onto the existing light switch and works well.

However my issue is trying to switch one of the lights off without the other also going off.

I’d like the set up to run something like this.
1st press = Main light 100% brightness warm white and lamp off
2nd press = Lamp 50% Warm white and main light off

Is there anyway to achieve this? i figure as the app gives you an option to control 2 rooms it would likely have a ‘off’ function on some of the lights without having to turn all of them off, but no such luck.

As a work around so far I’ve made a scene to be set to 1% brightness but it’s clear that the light is still on kinda ruining the desired effect in my living room, is there a way to save a scene as 0% brightness to trick the light into showing as off?

Thanks in advance for any help

Using the official Hue app, I’ve been able to do something similar with 2 lights in the same Hue room. You can save a scene so long as at least one light is on, so just set each light as you want it and save the scene.

There are also several 3rd party Hue apps that expose more of the Hue accessory configuration options. I’ve only used All 4 Hue on Android, but there are several others. It will let you include turning a room off as one of the actions when you press the on button.


Philips Hue has an excellent forum, but you have to sign up for a free developers account to get to it.

Or you could visit any of the many independent Hue forums, including Reddit’s Hue sub-forum at ,, or

Since this forum is for those using the Samsung SmartThings home automation system, readers should be able to assume that the questions and answers are in the context of that system.

In which case, the answer is easy: don’t use the Hue remote. :wink: instead, Get any button device that works with SmartThings, and you will easily be able to set up the kind of rules and scenes you describe using the official SmartLighting feature.

FAQ: Full list of buttons and remotes confirmed to work with SmartThings

Thanks @philh30 managed to find it, wasn’t too clear to begin with but got there in the end.

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