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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

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Article updated in October: HomeKit support has now been added to the Hue Motion Sensor.

One of the great thing about the Philips Hue system are the switches that you can set up with the system toking over your old light switch, however what about sensors, we review the Hue Motion Sensor that will take your home lighting to a whole new level.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Overview

The Philips motion sensor is a new smart home lighting system that automatically controls all of the hue lights in your home using motion detection.

The wireless lighting system includes an integrated daylight sensor to allow for more granular control of your home lighting, along with the ability to set separate day and night schedules. If true convenience whereby your lights turn on exactly when you need them to, without lifting a finger is important to you, then this amazing motion sensor from Philips is definitely the best gadget for you.

How to Use, Add & Setup a Hue Motion Sensor

It is the newest and most current addition to the company’s smart lighting products, providing a wireless lighting sensor technology that can be used to automate all of the Hue lights within your home smartly.

Technical Details

Let us take a closer look at the key technical aspects of this smart lighting gadget for your home as listed below;

  • Field of View – 100 degrees
  • Motion Detection Range – 16.4 feet
  • Maximum Operating Range – 16.4 feet
  • Network Connectivity – Zigbee
    Wireless Connectivity – Yes
  • Supported operating systems – iOS and Android.
  • Power Source – Battery
  • Voice Control App – Siri, Google and Alexa.
  • Dimension – 0.79 inches(height), 2.17 inches(width and depth) and 0.43 pounds(weight)

What I Like about the Philips Hue Motion Sensor

As I mentioned at the beginning of my Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review, the Philips Hue motion sensor remains a popular extra for the Hue system, here are a few of the things I like about it.

1. Easy Installation

This smart wireless lighting sensor is a lot easier to install than you can ever imagine. The package includes a magnetic mount with screws for mounting the sensor on a surface like a wall. The mounting process is quite simple. A single screw secures the circular magnetic base to a wall, and then the motion sensor attaches magnetically in any orientation you prefer. The system is powered by two AAA size batteries that are already pre-installed with a plastic strip that you will need to take off to initially power it on.

2. Easy Setup

Setting up your Philips Hue motion sensor after installing it is relatively simple. As soon as the sensor is powered on, it should go into pairing mode, where it can be discovered and added from the “Add Accessory” option in the app settings. You can then find and hook up the sensor with your rooms.

3. Save on Energy Costs

The sensor will be automatically configured with default settings for daytime, night time, and no-motion lighting, which can be adjusted from within the sensor’s app. In each case, the sensor will only turn on the lights if there is no sufficient lighting in the room. This is a very useful feature designed to help you save on energy costs by not having the lights come on when not necessary.

What’s more, you can select the specific hours during which daytime as well as nighttime schedules are in effect. You can also choose a pre-defined lighting scene or level for each lighting scenario.

4. Enhance Your Sensor with a Wide Variety of Accessories

Another thing about the sensor that I found to be quite appealing is the fact that you can add several accessories to it to unlock enhanced lighting experiences. For instance, an accessory like Amazon Alexa or Siri allows you to control your sensor by voice apart from motion.

Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor (Installation-Free Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights)

    The downsides

    Everything has its own advantages and disadvantages, so does the Philips Hue motion sensor. However, the disadvantages of this sensor are only minor ones and not something big;

    1. Lacks HomeKit Support

    In as much as the Philips Hue Motion Sensor is an awesome addition to your personal wireless lighting system, it lacks any kind of HomeKit support, hence you can find yourself in a tricky situation with it if you want to mix and match Hue lighting with other HomeKit-enabled solutions.

    Apart from lack of HomeKit support, I did not see anything else not to like about this incredible wireless lighting sensor. It is the only issue that many buyers have with the product, at least going by what I have read in other honest Philips Hue Motion Sensor Reviews.

    Update: The Hue sensor and other accessories Hue Tap and wireless dimmer switch can now be integrated into Apple’s smart home platform.

    Final Verdict

    The Philips Hue motion sensor is a great product perked with more features and more advantages than many of its rival products. I recommend this wireless lighting sensor to anyone who would like to have their home all decked out with some sweet, smart lights that they can control with hand motions, voice commands or by use of a smart phone.

    This product can be purchased online or from any store near you that deals in smart home lighting products.


    Founder & Editor

    Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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