An out of doors movement sensor from Philips Hue appeared all however inevitable final 12 months after the good lighting mainstay launched a brand new lineup of lights for the outside of your home — none of which characteristic built-in movement sensors of their very own. Then, at CES in January, there it was — a weatherized, battery-powered outside sensor from Philips Hue, and one that does not simply monitor movement, but additionally temperature and ambient gentle.

Out there now, the Philips Hue Out of doors Sensor prices $50. Like all the pieces else within the Hue catalog, it makes use of a wi-fi Zigbee radio sign to connect with the Hue Bridge, which you will must maintain plugged into your router. Mount the sensor outdoors your private home and its all-seeing eye can set off your lights at any time when one thing passes by. It labored properly once I examined it out, and provides sufficient to the prevailing Hue expertise to make it a worthy pickup for people who’ve already purchased into the ecosystem — particularly if you happen to’re fascinated about what Hue is as much as with outside lighting (and if you happen to aren’t, do not forget that there’s an indoor Philips Hue movement sensor that prices rather less).

Hue’s delicate aspect

You may set off as much as three teams of lights without delay with Hue’s Out of doors Sensor, full with separate settings for a way the lights ought to behave throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

Screenshots by Ry Crist/Proinertech

Movement-activated lights are nothing new, thoughts you — and if that is all you need to your porch, you will discover loads of non-smart choices at your native ironmongery shop that price so much much less. Upcoming outside good lights from Ring appear to be they’re going to be higher cut price picks, too, with a wide range of low-cost lights that characteristic built-in movement sensors of their very own.

What Hue provides to the equation is the flexibility to set off as much as three teams of lights without delay, full with in-app controls for a way the lights ought to behave. Doing so is straightforward sufficient — simply inform the app what scene you would like your lights to leap to at any time when movement is detected, what scene they need to return to as soon as movement is stopped, and the way lengthy after movement stops earlier than that occurs.

There should still be some quirks with these scene controls, although — throughout one batch of assessments on the Proinertech Sensible Dwelling, I set the entrance yard lights to activate to an icy blue, “arctic aurora” scene at any time when movement was detected. As a substitute, they turned on to the default delicate white, even after a number of makes an attempt. I attempted switching the automation to a distinct scene — the recent white “Energize” setting — however nonetheless, the lights would activate to a yellowy delicate white.

Curiously, throughout these Energize assessments, the lights would initially activate on the appropriate bluish-white setting — however just for a cut up second earlier than switching to delicate white. You may see what I imply in that Twitter video I embedded above of an in any other case profitable check.

Other than that, the sensor labored very well in my assessments. Setup was simple (simply press a button on the again of the machine, then add it within the Hue app), and mounting solely concerned drilling a single screw into place. I did not discover any odd false positives, and most significantly, it all the time turned the lights on when it was speculated to.

Additionally good: I might discover the distinction as I adjusted the movement sensitivity up and down, however even on the lowest setting, it will nonetheless catch me creeping previous. That is factor — you need to have the ability to dial it down to attenuate false positives with out compromising its potential to identify folks.


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