Smart home technology major, ABB, announced its new partnership with Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) by unveiling a new range of smarter light switches at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

Aimed at encouraging companies to develop devices, applications and systems that interact with its leading smart lighting ecosystem Philips Hue, the Friends of Hue program has attracted many of the market’s leading technology providers including Amazon, Apple and Google. ABB’s new range of Friends of Hue smart light switches will integrate seamlessly with the Philips Hue lighting system via the Hue bridge. This allows users to set up their light switch in the Philips Hue app and control and personalize home lighting and ambience via an ABB Friends of Hue switch.

The new ABB switches can turn lights on and off, dim specific bulbs and recall stored light presets. A Friends of Huespecific energy harvesting module is due to be integrated in to the ABB ranges carat, solo, Busch-axcent and future linear.

The new Friends of Hue light switches from ABB will be available starting first quarter of 2019.

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