Philips Hue releases motion sensor that can turn lights on automatically

Philips Hue has released a motion sensor that can turn lights on and off automatically and detect daylight to save energy.

Image credit: www2.meethue.com
Image credit: www2.meethue.com

The Philips Hue motion sensor is battery powered and completely wireless, so it can be placed anywhere in the home.

Equipped with an automatic motion detection capability, the sensor will automatically turn on the Philips Hue light when a person enters a room.

“You can choose in the app which scene or light setting should be triggered when motion is detected. The lights will turn off automatically, when there is no longer motion detected,” in says on the company’s webpage.

The sensor also allows users to set different light settings for day and night.

“During the day, the sensor can trigger crisp white light to help you see better. At night, it can turn on a gentle night light when you, your partner or child gets out of bed. Just enough to help you navigate in the dark, without waking up the rest of the family,” reads the webpage.

Thanks to an integrated daylight sensor, the device will turn the lights on only when it’s needed. According to Philips, users can easily change the light sensitivity in the Philips Hue app, so the sensor only triggers when they need that bit of extra light.

“When no more motion is detected, the lights dim down before they automatically switch off after a selected time. The motion sensor also helps you to save energy by automatically turning off lights in areas that aren’t being used,” reads the product description.

Because the motion sensor is battery powered, and completely wireless, set up is very simple and only takes a couple of minutes.

“Simply put it on a shelf, side table, or mount it to a wall or ceiling using the included screw. You can even attach it to metal surfaces such as your fridge, with the included magnet. You can easily adjust the detection angle by turning the sensor in the right direction,” read the instruction.

According to Philips, users can connect up to 50 lights and various accessories to the Philips Hue bridge.

“Simply start with any of the available starter kits or a single bridge and start adding Philips Hue products. You can then control your lights at the swipe of a finger with the Philips Hue app, Hue controls such as the Hue dimmer switch, Hue Tap and the Hue motion sensor,” the company stated.

“Philips Hue is based on ZigBee, a low power and reliable technology to control your lights. New features and improvements are continuously added to the system. Updates to both software and firmware are done wirelessly and seamlessly directly to your Philips Hue product.”

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