New Philips Hue Motion Sensor. According to the article it will be shipping in October. Hopefully this will work with ST out of the gate or quickly thereafter.
The article also mentions Philips will soon start selling new and improved versions of its White and Color Ambiance LEDs – specifically ones designed to shine a little brighter
Nothing groundbreaking here, it’s just nice to have options (I personally love products that run on standard batteries). As I have a lot of Hue’s in my house I will certainty pick one up to see if it lessens the lag I sometimes get with ST motion sensors turning on Hue bulbs.
Actually, it does have a very Philips style groundbreaking feature: a built in lux meter. Used with the hue bridge, the lights will only come on when the room is shadowed or dark. Multiple options, so you can trigger one scene in the daytime and a different one at night.
It’s Philip saying we know what we’re selling this for, and we’re going to make it easy for you to use it for that.
Same announcement says Phillips will have new bulbs coming out which finally have a true green. One of those improvements which won’t matter much to most people, but will make some people very happy.
But for the motion sensor, it’s interesting. There are lots of other motion sensors which have temperature reporting. The fact that Phillips chose to deliver Lux, which very few other motion sensor have, shows that they are focused on the customer experience for their own customers. They’re selling solutions rather than features.
If nothing else, the approach is pretty groundbreaking in this market space.
They’re right when the article states: “but people who spent $200 to buy in with the second-gen bulbs last October might be justifiably peeved that Philips didn’t fix it a year ago.” but I guess that’s the life of retail…there’s always something “new and improved” coming down the road…one way to get us spending more and more. Progress, hmmph!
What I’m really curious about is whether HomeKit will be able to trigger from the Phillips motion sensor. It can already trigger from a Hue light, so it seems possible. That would be a big boost for HomeKit. It solves the power issues they have with the Elgato sensors because the HomeKit communication is actually handled by the hue bridge, which is mains powered.
Yes, lux sensor confirmed in the official announcement today. See the CNET article link to in the first post of this thread.
Phillips is calling it a “integrated daylight sensor.”
It’s possible to set different light settings for day and night. During the day, the sensor can trigger crisp white light to help you see better. At night, it can turn on a gentle night light when you, your partner or child gets out of bed. Just enough to help you navigate in the dark, without waking up the rest of the family.
When no more motion is detected, the lights dim down before they automatically switch off after a selected time.
@JDRoberts Do you know if the Philips Hue motion sensor will work with ST Hub ? I need to buy an extra motion sensor to automate lights in my bedroom. I’m thinking should i buy the ST motion sensor or Iris motion sensor or philips Hue motion sensor.
My 1st floor (bedrooms) i have all LIFX bulbs and ground floor is all philips Hue bulbs. Is there any recommendations among the above choices if price is not a factor ?
As far as which motion sensor to get for the LIFX bulbs, the iris is probably the most popular because of its price and size. More discussion of different motion sensor features:
There is now a community – created DTH for the new hue motion sensor which allows you to connect it directly to the SmartThings hub, which is cool. The iris is still less expensive, but the Hue has a built-in lux sensor as well.