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Lutron's Aurora dimmer for Philips Hue lighting installs over a light switch

Lutron on Monday launched a new dimmer, the Aurora, intended exclusively for Philips Hue smartbulbs that clips on over an existing light switch.

Lutron Aurora



The Aurora replaces any wall-mounted toggle switch in a process that should take just 2 minutes, Lutron claimed. The entire battery-powered assembly installs over a light switch, locking the underlying toggle in an "on" position.

Tapping the dimmer turns connected Hue lights on and off, while rotating it adjusts brightness. Lights should continue to be controllable via the Hue app, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and any other compatible smarthome platform.

Owing partly to its omnipresence in the broader lighting industry, Philips is one of the most popular and widely-supported smartbulb makers.

The Aurora ships in June, but can be preordered from the Philips website for $39.95.