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Philips has come up with a new sensor that switch on your smart lights when you just walk into a room. Philips’ new wireless motion sensor measures roughly 2- x 2-inches and is set to be launched in early October. There’s really not much to the motion sensor. The sensor shoots out an invisible light field that spans 100 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically. Its blind spot is 180-degrees to its sides.
But once it detects motion within its field of view, it’ll trigger the connected Philips Hue smart lights you have in your home and turn them on. And it works fast, so there’s no lag like there is if you connect your smart lights through IFTTT.
Moreover, the built-in light sensor is also smart enough to measure ambient light so it knows when it’s daytime and nighttime. This is important because the motion sensor can be configured to adjust your lights to different preset scenes.
For instance, you could have the lights at full brightness during the day, but at nighttime, maybe you want them to be dimmer. One useful scenario is if you wake up in the middle of the night, trigger the motion sensor and the lights won’t blind you, but instead switch to softer luminance. The sensor can be placed anywhere in your home in any position. You can place it on a cabinet, a bookshelf, a doorway table or mount it to the wall or ceiling. It comes with a magnetic mount on the backside, which can be screwed into a wall and swiveled at various angles. To add, the motion sensor requires two AAA batteries, which power it for 2-3 years. Up to 12 motion sensors can be connected to a Philips Hue Bridge.