Philips Adds Motion Sensor To Hue Lighting Ecosystem


Good news, folks! Motion sensing triggers will soon be available to further trick out our Philips Hue lighting installations, without complicating matters with yet another hub and ecosystem — like Smartthings. From the FCC submission, we glean the Philips Hue Motion Sensor (with ambient light sensor) is both battery-powered and Zigbee-endowed. While we’d typically expect an accessory like this to be fueled by a watch battery, an overseas retailer Alza indicates a pair of common AAA batteries will be required — conceivably reinforcing what looks to be a 2×2″ profile. Further, the description indicates a 100 degree field of view over 5 meters. And, if we use their pricing as a guide, we should expect the Hue Motion Sensor to land somewhere in the $40-60 range when it hits within the next few weeks.

12 thoughts on “Philips Adds Motion Sensor To Hue Lighting Ecosystem”

  1. Well, my first use case would probably go something like this: Sit a motion detector on my garage shelving. When it detects motion, turn on the two overhead bulbs (which I’d need to buy). Hopefully I could then set a timer – 10 minutes after motion last detected, turn off. My second scenario would probably be a security light for my deck. Right now when my Arlo cam detects motion, it should trigger a WeMo bulb to turn on which then turns off ten minutes after motion (all via IFTTT) — unfortunately WeMo is junk and the trigger barely fires.

  2. I personally use a Zwave motion sensor for my home office. When I walk into my office, my lights all fade up. 5 minutes after motion hasn’t been detected, they all turn off.

    This is all done with the software, and while Home Assistant is realllllly nice and easy to use, Zwave with your own USB Zwave stick is..not.

    Being able to drop $40-$50 bucks on a motion sensor and easily pair it with your existing hub and allowing this same kind of behavior is a no brainer. It’s realllllllly nice not having to turn lights on or off.

  3. @Jon Maddox
    Jon do you use a hue hub + a Zwave motion sensor only or the Zwave sensor + its own hub ?

  4. Really looking forward to this. We have Hue in 3 rooms. I could easily see adding more and a couple of motion sensors.

  5. $40 to $60 sounds a little expensive. I recently bought half a dozen of the Smartthings motion sensors and I only paid around $30 for each of them. And I thought that was high.

  6. I don’t mind the price, if the system, as a whole, is worth it. After all the great reviews, I just bought a the Philips Hue Go. The bridge is the Homekit version. Upon installation, it didn’t even ask me to scan the Homekit Id. The Hue Go has a candle flicker scene, which I can’t seem to access from the software. I wanted to set it up so that it goes on during a certain time of the day, but since I can’t access the candle scene, that’s not possible. I can’t even modify the scenes that come with the default software. The Philips hardware is solid, but the default software seems like a forgotten orphan piece of the system.

  7. Hue Motion Sensor is officially official today. Ships in October @ $40. Definitely getting at least one!

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