Home » How to » Clever Uses for your Philips Hue Motion Sensor

Clever Uses for your Philips Hue Motion Sensor


One of the accessories you can buy is the Philips Hue motion sensor for smart lights and it is what you would expect, a sensor that can be used to monitor motion, if you go into a room or something moves triggering the sensor you can make your lights turn on or off if you wish. In 2019 the outdoor motion sensor was released.

There are currently two different Hue motion sensors.

  • Indoor Hue Motion Sensor
  • Outdoor Hue Motion Sensor
Philips Hue Indoor Motion Sensor for Smart Lights (Requires Hue Hub, Installation-Free, Smart Home, Exclusively for Philips Hue Smart Bulbs)
Philips Hue Indoor Motion Sensor for Smart Lights...
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 Dusk-to-Dawn Outdoor Motion Sensor for...

Functionally the both work the same and have the same features, they both have light sensitivity and read the temperature. The outdoor sensor is designed for outdoor use and is waterproof, it is also black whereas the indoor sensor is in a white casing. The outdoor sensor can be mounted on a flat wall or a corner.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Uses

With some creative thinking there are a few great ways to use the sensor, here are just a few.

Hue Motion Sensor on your Stairs

Setting up the sensor on your landing or hall will trigger your lights to come on, if you set it to only work when you are in bed between a set time range then if you get up in the night you can have a few select lights come on very dimly so you can see where you are going.

Adding it under the bed means that as soon as your feet hit the floor the sensor has been triggered so your bedside light could come on so you can see as well as other lights around the home.

Night light

Again you can use it so that at night if it detects motion your lights indoors turn on very dimly so you can see, but not bright enough to wake everyone else up.

Turning Lights on as you walk in

Walk into a room and have your lights in that room turn on, no need to reach for a switch, your phone or use Alexa, just walk in and your lights turn on. Position your sensor near the door, when you walk in set it for your lights to turn on.

Cupboard lights

Open a cupboard door and have a light come on in side, great for pantries where you open the door, the sensor notices the movement and a light comes on inside so you can see what you are looking for.

As well as cupboard this could be used in your halls your lights come on automatically when you return home late at night, no need to keep tapping the wall looking for that light switch.

The Hue motion sensor has a 100-degree both vertical and horizontal detection angle, with a range of up to about 16 feet, which enables a very quick response and activation time.

Security light

Using the outdoor hue motion sensor you can activate your hue lights indoors and outdoors if you are away or out, if the motion sensor detects someone that may not suppose to be there, you can have your outdoors lights all come on and perhaps your indoors light too, to make it look like someone is in as a deterrent. Read our article Using Philips Hue As a Home Security System for more ideas.

Turn on your Garden Lights

If you have installed any Hue outdoor lights, then instead of using a routine to turn them on at a set time, how about using the outdoor motions sensor to turn them on when it gets dark, and then when it gets lighter in the morning they turn off.

How to Set it Up your Motion Sensor

  1. Open the Philips hue app on your phone or tablet and go to Settings/Accessory Setup.
  2. Remove the plastic tab coming from the battery compartment of the sensor to put it in pairing mode.
  3. Press the plug button on the bottom right to pair with your bridge.

This video from Philips gives a quick overview of how to set it up and use the motion sensor.

The sensor itself can be placed on a shelf or flat surface, or you can attach it to the wall, there is a small magnetic part that you screw to the wall, once attached you can place the sensor on and direct to where you wish it to point.

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


Join for Hue Inspiration, Latest News & Great Deals


  1. Riaan De Witt

    Please can you add the functionality to only use the motion between certain times. Day night does not work well

  2. D Murphy

    I wish there was a greater functionality than to lighting. For security uses a light going on is great, but a notification to a cell phone by text or alert would be great.

    • Jen

      If you’re using HomeKit from apple you can customize the sensor to send an alert when motion sensor is triggered.

  3. Xavier

    They would be a lot more practical if they could control individual or a bunch of selected lights (like zones or manual selection) rather then having to select entire rooms – it is a shame as they do work well Otherwise


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *