Getting started with a smart switch: How to set up a Friends of Hue switch?

It can be intimidating to set up a new smart home device. However, getting started with our Senic Friends of Hue switch and dimmer should not.  

In this post, we will take you through simple steps to glitz up your home with the Philips Hue System. If you already have synced your light bulbs and the Hue app, jump directly to our quick setup guide.

You can also find our step by step guide below for more in-depth instructions.

To dive deeper in the possibilities offered by your smart switch, you can also read our post on How to use a Friends of Hue switch with HomeKit.

Friends of Hue smart switch: quick setup guide

Your Philips Hue Bridge and smart light bulbs are already paired with the Hue app? Here’s a quick Friends of Hue smart switches setup guide to give you effortless control over your smart light system.

After unboxing your Friends of Hue smart switch and dimmer, for example a Senic switch, open the Philips Hue app and follow these steps:

You can now follow the app instructions to sync your switch with Philips Hue System.

Setting up a Friends of Hue switch: step by step guide

For some of us smart home lovers, installing a new device or system can be a daunting task. Luckily, we prepared this in-depth step by step guide for you that you can always refer to if you feel a little lost during the setup of your Philips Hue System. 

Downloading and installing the Philips Hue app

The first step of your journey in the Philips Hue System: installing the Philips Hue app. 

The app can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can also download it by clicking on the buttons below.

After installing the Philips Hue app, you will be invited to follow a few simple steps to configure your privacy settings.

First steps with the Hue app

The app is installed on your phone? It’s now time to set up a Philips Hue Bridge and pair your Philips Hue light bulbs.

How to set up the Philips Hue Bridge

Install the Philips Hue Bridge


Connect the app to the Hue Bridge


How to add lights to your Philips Hue smart light system


Your light bulb should show in your light setup list. You can now configure it and add it to a room.

Can’t detect the bulb? You can simply unscrew or unplug your lamp before putting it back in. Then, click add light at the top of the list. The light bulb should now show up. Another option is to add the light using the bulb’s serial number.

Connecting your smart switch to the Hue app


From this point, you can fully configure your switch, from its name to the scenes or rooms it controls.

Beyond the Basics: assign actions to your smart switch buttons

Now that you’ve connected your Philips Hue system and your smart switch, it’s time to have fun! You can keep the Philips Hue app suggested settings for your Friends of Hue switch and dimmer or choose to personalize it.

The Philips Hue app suggested settings

After you’ve finished connecting your Friends of Hue to the Hue app, you’re offered the options to keep the suggested settings. If you chose to control only one room with the switch, these settings are pretty simple:


Changing the settings of the Philips Hue app

Even if you first chose to keep the settings suggested by the Hue app, you can always configure your smart switch settings later. 

To do so, go to Settings > Accessory Setup and select the name of your smart switch or dimmer.

From there, you can assign actions to each button. These actions can affect one single light bulb, a smart plug connected to several light bulbs or a room. 

You can for example choose to control the lights of your entire office with the top left part of your switch and the lamp right next to your desk with the top right part of your switch. Perfect to change ambience throughout your working day!


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