Philips Hue gains motion sensor that automatically turn lights on

Philips Hue introduces a new accessory for its smart light device, a motion sensor. This sensor is deemed to be important for people who already owned the smart light device as it can automate the lighting in their home.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor

The Hue motion sensor only requires two AAA batteries which makes it very portable and can be placed on any location on your home such as the halls or door entries. Philips claimed that the device is supposed to function for up to two or three years with the AAA batteries.

The sensor’s main function is only to detect motions with about 16 feet range and in a 100-degree detection angle. It effectively senses any motions being present to its range and quickly responds to turning on the Hue smart lights automatically. It is very handy for certain situations like getting up in the middle of the night were a person would be struggling to reach the light switch or in times when a person is holding objects with both hands while wanting to light up the room.

With the use of the Philip’s app, users can fully customize the sensor to fit their specific needs. Such configurations include setting which lights to turn on when the motion sensor detects a movement in its range and the duration for how long the lights will be lit until it detects that there is no one in the room. The lights will also dim before it finally turns off, giving the user a good amount of time to trigger the motion sensor once again in cases that it hasn’t picked up a presence in a while. In addition, users can also set up specific scenes for daytime and nighttime, adjust the daylight threshold and set different levels of motion sensitivity. Users can also set the motion sensor to trigger the lights only when the room is dark so energy will not be wasted during daytime.

The motion sensors will have a cost of $39.00 with up to 12 supported on a single Hue bridge. It will be publicly available in October this year.