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The new Philips Hue motion sensor - What you need to know

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If you've got a Philips Hue smart lighting setup at home, you'll be pleased to learn that its about to start controlling itself thanks to a new motion sensor just launched at IFA 2016.

The Philips Hue motion sensor can be connected to your existing Hue system, and will trigger your lights when it detects movement.

What's more, the sensor knows when it's day or night, which Philips says allows it to provide "the perfect shade of light at the right time".

Hue lightbulbs can already by controlled via voice command, as well as through your smart device and wearables, but the company is attempting to make things easier with its latest addition to the range.

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Sridhar Kumaraswamy, Business Leader Home Systems at Philips Lighting said: “As the leader in connected lighting, we constantly seek to evolve our system and make it simple and easy to use.

"The introduction of Philips Hue motion sensor not only provides hands free control but also enables lighting to respond to your needs more smartly.

"For example, by guiding you through your home at night, and no longer having to remind the kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room, keeping you even more energy efficient."

Philips also introduced a new generation of Hue colour ambiance bulbs, which, it says, will provide richer greens and blues.

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Adding to the white ambience line, the company also debuted a range of integrated lamps, and a new Philips Hue white ambiance GU-10 spot light bulb variant.

With a range of pendants, ceiling and wall lamps, table lamps and spots, the white ambience range lets you use "the full spectrum of white light" to create different moods.

The new lamps and spot light bulb look set to make the system itself even more comprehensive, with the lamps coming with a wireless dimmer switch, pre-programmed with four "Light Recipes": Relax, Read, Concentrate, and Energize.

When connected via a Philips Hue bridge, the lamps can interact with over 600 apps or be controlled by voice or wearables

The extended Philips Hue white ambiance range, next generation Philips Hue white and color ambiance and Philips Hue motion sensor will be available from October 4

You'll be able to pick up the motion sensor for £34.99 while the new HWA GU10 single bulb will be going for £29.99 and the GU10 twin pack for £49.99.

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Will you be buying a motion sensor for your Hue setup? Let us know in the comments.

Bugblatter

August 29, 2016, 5:38 pm

I've got the Hue LED strip stuck behind my TV to provide bias lighting, and it works very nicely for that.

I'd like to add more Hue lights but they just don't seem worth the cost. The ones I've already got I bought heavily discounted on Amazon Prime Day and even then they seemed pricey.

I'm thinking I should perhaps have gone for one of their competitors. Hey, that could make a good article for you guys, comparing the different smart lighting brands.

Clark James

August 31, 2016, 7:27 pm

who are the competitors? All I could find were the osram products (which btw are compatible with hue bridges), the white only hue bulbs are £15 each, the strips are expensive but the osram strips are a good alternative, the osram colour bulbs are also only £30, I think going with hue, and using the osram bulbs, and a mix of philips bulbs, and the blooms/strips, not cheap at all, but it's something you buy once. You can get third party gu10 bulbs (white only) for £15 on amazon, anything that runs on the zigbee protocol can be added in to a hue system, you have to use something called 'touch link' to effectively force the system to add in the non hue bulbs

Bugblatter

September 1, 2016, 12:44 am

Well there are quite a few now; some are detailed here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Maxine Kuczawski

October 4, 2016, 12:39 pm

We have the Hue bridge and have just recently bought Osram GU10 bulbs in addition to philips. Although the Hue bridge can see the osram bulbs, it can not switch them off. After some reading it seems you can only operate these via some clever programming due to the fade delay feature in the hue app. Does anyone know of any other solutions?

Clark James

October 5, 2016, 3:21 am

I have the osram strips and the osram e27 bulbs are they've been fine, I've never tried the gu10- in my bathroom I ended up using gu10 to e27 adapters and using the standard philips hue white bulbs in there, I hear hue white gu10 bulbs are coming, but i'm not sure when. Have you tried other apps such as iconnecthue? Also, you could look into a solution that groups together hue bulbs and osram bulbs, with the amazon echo you can group incompatible systems together and control them all as one

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