Nodon Friends of Hue Review: the cordless and battery-free square button for Philips Hue!

Nodon Friends of Hue Review: the cordless and battery-free square button for Philips Hue!
8.6 Total Score

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  • French square format, like our traditional switches
  • Two buttons, which can control several pieces of equipment
  • Cordless and battery-free!

II. Installation of the Nodon Friends of Hue

As for the Smart Button, the use I'm considering right now is to replace my traditional switch with this Nodon button. As mentioned before, the biggest flaw of Philips Hue bulbs is that if they are mounted on a ceiling light controlled by a switch, they become unusable if the switch is turned off. The bulbs are no longer powered, and therefore disconnected from the mains. At home, I had “old” Zwave Duwi switches, allowing me to control all my lights via my home automation box, and in some places a Philips Hue bulb on the ceiling light. Here, we will take the case of the parental bedroom:

Attention : Avant de travailler sur l'alimentation électrique, assurez-vous que le compteur est éteint ! Nous travaillons ici sur du 220V, ce qui peut être fatal en cas de mauvaise manipulation. En cas de doute, faites appel à un professionnel.

So I took that switch apart. It shows three wires: the phase (red), the wire going to the light bulb (yellow because I had only this at hand at the time, but it is usually orange) and the neutral (blue, quite rare in France, and mounted here especially to be able to operate a previous Zwave home automation system. In France we usually have only two wires).

The trick here is to connect the phase and the lamp wire (here red with yellow, so) with a Wago terminal block. This way the Philips Hue bulb will be powered all the time, and therefore controllable when I want (so be careful, when you have to change the bulb, to turn off the circuit breaker before any manipulation). A terminal block is also placed on the neutral, just to isolate it. It won't be useful anymore in this new configuration.

The assembly is placed at the bottom of the back box:

I then screwed the switch on the flush-mounted box, as I would have done with any conventional switch. The difference is that here no cable is connected to the switch, it's only placed here to hide the back box (but it could have been placed anywhere).

The frame is then clipped onto the board, and the buttons are inserted:

Here we are with a nice Philips Hue switch instead of our old switch, which will be able to directly control the Philips Hue bulb of the ceiling light!

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Now all we have to do is set it up.

8.6 Total Score
The square, cordless, battery-free, and Philips Hue-compatible switch!

I've been waiting for Philips Hue-compatible square switches for a long time. In a very short time, here I am with the "official" Philips Hue Smart Button, and this new Nodon switch. Wireless and battery free, so easy to install and maintenance free, it's a must have for any Philips Hue system!

Quality
8.5
Functions
8.5
Use
9
Price
8.5
PROS
  • French square format, like our traditional switches
  • Two buttons, which can control several pieces of equipment
  • Cordless and battery-free!
CONS
  • Little "clack" when it's activated.
  • No time slot management

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