How Does Philips Hue Motion Sensor Work?

So just how does Philips hue motion sensor work? Maybe you have a Philips hue lighting system already. Maybe you don’t. Whichever is the case you still may have come across Philips hue motion sensors.

When you first buy your philips hue kit you might be ok just using the app, but that novelty soon wears off. You want to add to your system. Light switches are great and all but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stroll into a room and the lights come on all by themselves?

Now there is no need to flick light switches. No need to tirelessly reach your arm up and touch the cold, hard plastic of your light switch….You don’t even need to reach in your pocket for the Philips Hue app.

Enter the Philips hue motion sensor.

What is the Philips Hue Motion sensor?

Firstly what the heck is the motion sensor? Is it a light switch? Is it a dimmer? Is it a weird plastic ornament? The philips hue motion sensor is actually the ultimate in lazy mans tech. It replaces the light switches all together and switches the lights on whenever it detects movement in the room. But theres more.

The Philips Hue sensor also detects sunlight. You can use it to disable your lights if the room is already light enough.

Just think about that for a second. The kids can no longer use the lights in broad day light! And more than that, you can actually set the motion sensor to switch lights on at predetermined levels, colours, scenes…Pretty much whatever you want it to switch.

How does Philips Hue motion sensor work?

Back to the original question, how does it work. You buy your motion sensor, put the battery in and then place it wherever you want it to operate.

The sensor is wireless so you literally just place it on a shelf or a wall and then programme what you want it to do. Tell it which lights to turn on and off and tell it what scene or colours you want.

The sensor has a built in light sensor so you can set different scenes for different times of day or you can set what light levels to actually start turning lights on and off.

You should know that the Philips hue sensor does require a hue bridge to operate, but really if you get to this stage and you don’t have a hue bridge, what are you doing???!

Like all other Hue lighting the motion sensor uses the zigbee protocol to communicate and you need to place it in a position that faces where the humans are going to walk.

How to add Philips Hue sensor to Your System

The hue motion sensor is added just like any other accessory. Fire up the app on your phone or tablet, go into settings and add accessory.

Find the motion sensor listed and tap it. Then click the blinking LED to confirm its the correct device.

Once you have the device listed on your app you can start the fun bit. Customising. Assign the device to a room and them tell it what you want to do in that room.

Simple and amazing!