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Kool Tools: Lutron Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer

Smart bulb users lose control of their smart lighting when a light switch is accidentally turned off. To help prevent this from happening, Lutron is introducing the Aurora smart bulb dimmer, a wireless, battery-powered dimmer that can be mounted directly over a toggle switch, keeping Signify’s Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures ready for use.

The familiar style of the Lutron Aurora dimmer allows any family member or guest in your home to control your Philips Hue lights. Simply touch the Aurora dimmer to turn your Hue lights on or off and turn the knob to brighten or dim the lights.

The completely wire-free Lutron Aurora dimmer can be quickly installed over toggle switches. A dimmer mounting base “locks” your existing toggle switch in the on/up position to help prevent it from being accidentally turned off.

The round knob dimmer snaps directly onto the mounting base, and provides wireless, local control of your Philips Hue smart bulbs and fixtures. The Aurora dimmer is useful for times when it’s less convenient to use the Philips Hue app to adjust your lights.

And, there’s no need to worry about Wi-Fi outages. Just like the Philips Hue system, the Lutron Aurora smart bulb dimmer operates via Zigbee technology. You can still control your Hue lights with the Aurora dimmer even if the Wi-Fi goes down.

The Lutron Aurora dimmer, available in white, can now be pre-ordered on, and is expected to ship in June. The Aurora dimmer will also be available for purchase on and in-store and online at Apple, Best Buy and The Home Depot soon.

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