Once you have installed your SmartSwitch Lite as per the installation instructions, there is some basic setup to do.
Note on waking the screen: If you have an early version of software on your SmartSwitch (with batch number 202104 printed on the device label), then waking the screen may require a hold instead of a tap. Once connected to Wi-Fi and updated, it will then be a tap to wake.
Note on software updates: After connecting your SmartSwitch to Wi-Fi (and the internet), your switch may update its software from the cloud. It is recommended to wait a few minutes after first connecting to the internet for this to happen so you don't have to configure the device twice.
When power is applied, SmartSwitch Lite should boot up automatically, no action is required. After a few seconds to a minute, SmartSwitch will load into the Scenes screen. If it is the first boot then most likely you will have a WiFi error as you have not configured the network yet.
SmartSwitch Lite has three main screens:
- Scenes screen (default)
- Audio screen
- Settings screen
Navigation between these screens is done via the Tabs at the top and bottom of the screen which can either be tapped or swiped. The Bottom Tab on the Scenes screen navigates to the Audio screen where the Top Tab then navigates back to the Scenes screen. The Top Tab of the Scenes screen navigates to the Settings screen where the Bottom Tab then navigates back to the Scenes screen.
Go to the Settings screen by tapping or swiping the Top Tab on the Scenes screen.
The first thing to configure is the Wi-Fi which SmartSwitch Lite uses for all communications.
It is important to ensure a good wifi connection and therefore a non-ISP supplied router/network is highly recommended with additional access points as appropriate to provide adequate coverage.
To get started, tap Network from the Settings menu. SmartSwitch Lite will then scan available Wi-Fi networks and show a list of them.
Now simply tap on the network you want to connect to and enter the key.
If you can't see a network that you are expecting to see, then tap to go back and then tap Network again. This should rescan available networks.
The Location setting is used to set weather information that is then displayed on the Top Tab.
Simply tap Location, then enter your postcode (currently UK only) and tap .
If successful, the weather icon on the Top Tab on the Scenes screen should update after a few seconds.
If the postcode doesn't work after a couple of tries, please check the format. In some cases, it might be necessary to use a nearby postcode if the one you have entered is not in the database we use (e.g. it's a new postcode).
Changing timezones is not currently supported.
SmartSwitch Lite communicates with your Philips Hue system via your Hue Bridge. Currently only one bridge is supported per SmartSwitch Lite at any one time, although you are of course free to still have multiple Hue Bridges within your Hue system and to configure each SmartSwitch Lite to work with a different Bridge.
To get started, simply tap Philips Hue in the Settings menu. This will scan your network for available bridges and show them in a list.
Note: Philips Hue Bridge discovery currently requires an internet connection. If your system does not have internet connectivity, then please get the IP address from the Philips Hue app or use a network scanner and manually enter the bridge IP address as explained below.
Tap on the Hue bridge that you would like to pair with. If you don't know which one, then you can find out through the Hue app.
Alternatively, you can tap Enter IP Address... and manually input an IP address for a bridge.
When a bridge has successfully been paired, there will be a next to the bridge IP address briefly and the screen will progress to the room selection.
Currently, SmartSwitch Lite only supports the selection of one Room or Zone. This is the Room/Zone that will be used for the On/Off scene that is shown on the Scenes screen which mimics the On/Off button within the Room/Zone in the Hue app (i.e. if any lights in the Room/Zone are on, then Off is shown, otherwise On is shown). It is also the Room/Zone from which you can select the other scenes to display on the Scenes screen (shown in the next step).
If you want to control lights across multiple Rooms then you can create a Zone in the Hue app that contains lights from both Rooms. Within this Zone, you can create custom Scenes that have different states for different rooms or lights.
Select the Room/Zone you want to pair the SmartSwitch Lite with and the screen then advances to the Scenes List.
The Scenes List allows you to select which scenes to show on the Scenes screen. You can select up to seven (7) scenes which total eight (8) when the On/Off scene is included. The size of the scene buttons will adjust to fill the screen depending on how many scenes you select. As you select scenes, they are given a number depending on the order you select them in, this number represents the order they will displayed in on the Scenes screen. The built-in Hue scenes are always shown in the list first with user-defined scenes below them. User-defined scenes in Hue are a great way to get more out of your system. Once you have selected your desired scenes, tap the to save. You can now go back to the Scenes screen to see your scenes.
There is nothing to configure for Sonos integration to work (other than network of course).
Now everything is setup, you are ready to use your SmartSwitch Lite!
At Violet, we know that getting the lights on is a priority and no amount of technology should make it more difficult. That's why QuickTap toggles the lights.
When SmartSwitch Lite is in Standby (i.e. the screen is black), holding the screen for >0.2 of a second will have the same effect as the On/Off scene on the Scenes screen. This feature is called QuickTap.
Waking the Screen
If you want to do more than just toggle the lights, a touch will wake the screen. With the screen on, you are then free to navigate the screens as required.
The Scenes screen displays the scenes that you selected during Philips Hue setup and also the On/Off button which will always mimic the On/Off button in the Hue app for the selected Room/Zone. Just tap a scene to activate it. You can adjust user defined Hue scenes from the Hue app at any time and change the Room or scene order within SmartSwitch Lite's settings menu.
The Audio screen allows you to control Sonos players on your network. Sonos players will automatically be discovered on your local network and displayed in the zone list accessible from the top left.
Grouped Zones & Volume
If there are grouped zones, they will be shown nested below the Master group. The volume controls within the Master group will control the group volume; the volume controls within the nested zones will control the individual Zones. It is recommended to control all aspects other than the individual Zone volume from the Master group.
The button on the top right will show Sonos Favourites. These can be saved from the Sonos app to give you quick access to your most frequent stations, playlists, albums, songs, podcasts etc.