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Best Outdoor Sensor for SmartThings


So, I’ve searched heavily on this forum, and cannot find any thread in the last 9 - 11 months in regards to this (or my searching skills are very bad, if it exists!).

Anyhow, I have established that such sensor does not exist, which can replace my current ‘dumb’ sensors outside that connect to the LED security flood lights.

However, I plan on complimenting those with around 2 outdoor motion detectors, which can integrate with my SmartThings Hub (v3), and current automations.

So, can anyone recommend outdoor motion sensors, which will hopefully work well with SmartThings. I will be using them as a form of security, i.e. of motion detection on my garden etc. I am notified of this.

Thanks in advance.

(Jimmy) #2

Zooz has an outdoor motion sensor that works with SmartThings.


Did you read the community FAQ on this topic?

FAQ: Do you know of an outdoor motion sensor?

Everything there is still valid, including the 2019 update:


I had not, but have since checked out your post there - thank you @JDRoberts .

(Mike) #5

If possible just run your outdoor sensors from smart plugs that report power, i use a dumb movement sensor that triggers external lighting also powered from smart plugs and separately i use a photo cell also powered from a power sense plug, kinda makes dumb sensors and lights smart

Cheap and easy fix, with different st apps and device handlers the options are endless

(Kenneth Eriksen) #6

Has anyone tried the Hue outdoor sensor with ST…?

(jkp) #7

The hue outdoor motion sensor isn’t available in the US until March 1st

(Kenneth Eriksen) #8

Amazon UK have it in stock though…
Anyone from this side of the pond…? :blush:


@AnubizDK I want to get it from Argos (they have it, too) but not surprising not in stock anywhere near I live, and neither are they delivering.

If it doesn’t work, easier to return to Argos, than Amazon.

As soon as it’s in stock, I shall give it a try. If you beat me to it, do le me know your thoughts!

Oh, and I want to try and make it work with my Lifx bulbs, connected on SmartThings, which, I think should work, considering they’re both connected to the same Hub, SmartThings v3.

Also @JDRoberts kindly pointed out, that this motion sensor will only work with ST Hub v3.

(Kenneth Eriksen) #10

@JeffRoof Deal…!


A question, though.

Am I correct in saying I can connect this item, the Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor, directly to SmartThings Hub v3, without the need of a Hue Bridge?


You can connect it, but we don’t yet know if you can use it once it is connected. That is, it will be recognized as a “thing.” But not necessarily recognized as a motion sensor.

It’s a very new device, and although it’s available in the UK, it will not be available in the US until March. So there just aren’t very many people have tried it yet.