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

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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