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Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor Released


The motion sensor is a great add on for hue bulbs, and at the moment it is designed for indoor use only, that being said many people have used this outdoors without any issues, but Philips may just be planning one designed for specifically outdoor use.

Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor

Philips have announced the release of an outdoor motion sensor at CES 2019.

The Hue PIR sensor has a built-in twilight sensor switches on the light only when it is dark outside. We expect it to work in a similar way to the indoor motion sensor however designed to be better mounted outside and also weatherproof. The motion sensor can be installed on a wall or mounted on a corner as shown in the image below.

Further technical information includes:

  • Detection range: 12 meters
  • Horizontal angle of view: 160 degrees
  • Vertical viewing angle: 80 degrees
  • Batteries: 2 x AA
  • Battery life: 2 years
  • Dimensions: 64 x 76 x 76 mm
  • IP54 making it suitable for wet conditions

At the moment it looks like the sensor comes in black only, it would be great if there was a white option too. It would certainly look more discreet in the photo below on that white pillar.

Philips Hue Dusk-to-Dawn Outdoor Motion Sensor for Smart Home, Wireless & Easy to Install (Hue Hub Required, for use with Philips Hue Smart Lights)
    Philips Hue outdoor motion sensor Hue Outdoor motion Sensor

    With the release of a whole range of different Hue outdoor bulbs, lights and fittings it makes sense for an outdoor sensor to be released, how different it will be to the indoor one we don’t know, but by the looks of it, instead of redesigning and realising a new motion sensor that can be used indoors and outdoors, it is going to release one septically for outdoor use.

    With outdoor use it could have a large detection range making it suitable for security which would be a good and useful feature.

    Do you need and want one? Or do you use your indoor motion sensor outdoors already?

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    1. M

      I can’t really see the point of spending much money on outdoor Hue lights without the sensor, so this is good news – I definitely want one!

    2. Christine Smith

      Yes please! Been waiting for ages for one of these
      Can’t wait for the release

    3. Andrew

      Just got mine. Little larger than I expected but nice solid construction, excellent mounting options. Yes it does have light and temperature sensors too, same as the indoor model.

      I have one issue with mine. The light sensitivity adjustment in the app doesn’t work. Could be I’ve been unlucky and have a faulty one. Basically no matter how insensitive I make it the lights come on during the day. Hopefully I’ve got a dodgy one, if not a software fix might be needed!

    4. Lasse Schaldemose

      Hey Andrew, just Got the sensor and have the same problem! The sensor turns on the light no matter the Lux setteings and Day light! Hope it Will ve a bug fix

    5. Geir Olav Valstad

      Same problem as many others – the sensor cannot measure current light level. Hoping for a bug fix soon.

    6. ThorPan

      Sounds like this isn’t quite ready for prime time yet. A motion detector that turns on the lights in the middle of the day makes it kind of useless. The temperature feature is nice though. Only being available in black is a no-no since we’d like to mount one on a white background. Perhaps even adding a beige one as well would help sales.
      Philips, it’s only plastic… at least make a white one!!! After all, who wants a motion sensor that sticks out like a sore thumb when mounted?? Until Philips makes one in white and fixes the daylight sensor, we’ll look for another company to supply an outdoor sensors.

    7. Nic

      Anyone else experiencing wildly-incorrect temperature readings as well as lighting ones?

      Outside my house I’ve currently got a Hue indoor sensor displaying 9ºC, an Elgato/Eve Weather displaying 9.5º, and a Hue outdoor sensor displaying 24.5ºC!

      I think a firmware update is needed quick smart!

      While you’re at it Philips, can you please give the indoor sensor the same ‘No motion’ settings that the new outdoor one has?!

    8. Mark E.

      Does anyone know how far away from the Hub can this outdoor sensor be located? I did not find that information in any of the documentation. For instance, the Wink outdoor motion detector manual states that it has to be within 30ft of the Hub.

      • Hue Home Lighting

        Hi Mark, Hue uses Zigbee, so if you have Hue bulbs in-between the bridge and your sensor, then this will allow the sensor to be further away, of course things can effect this as it is wireless, such as walls, appliances and the sensor being outdoors. So there is no definitive answer as there are a few variables, but if you have working hue bulbs away from the bridge but close to where the sensor will go, then it should work fine.

    9. Mark

      Yeah my light sensor isn’t working either – the light comes on during the day no matter what you set light sensitivity to. The Home app says that there is only 1 lux all the time. I don’t know if my motion sensor is defective or if it will be fixed with a firmware update. Right now I’m at firmware version

      • ThorPan

        Version of the software was available 2 days before you posted. Download it and give it a try. It supposedly fixes the light level sensor problem.

    10. Lara

      Is the outdoor sensor compatible with the first gen hub? I’m on my 2nd sensor as I cant get the app to see it

    11. George Sanderson

      The item description does not state which version of Zigbee was certified. I want to know the Zigbee version that the sensor itself has been certified and if Zigbee version 3.0 certification is expected.


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