New Hue motion sensor to make automated lighting EVEN EASIER

The sensor is linked to a smartphone app, which can be then used to adjust light sensitivity .

A new smart lighting accessory developed by Philips, is set to make the automation of light in the home even easier.

The new Philips Hue will feature a motion sensor for the first time, meaning users will no longer have to string together a convoluted chain of gadgets to achieve automated dimming when a room is empty.

The motion sensor sits in a small white box, which can be easily disguised anywhere around a room. The gadget allows users to automate their lighting based upon whether or not people are in a room at any given time. The product will no doubt help home owners to reduce energy costs by ensuring fixtures are not in use when nobody is present.

Philips have developed a smartphone app that is linked to the sensor and lets users choose which lights to turn on when movement is detected in a room. The app also lets you set how long lights should remain on for after it has been detected that everyone has left a room.

When a room has emptied and a set time has been reached, the lights do not shut off automatically, but dim gently, meaning that if the sensor has missed someone, that person need only move and the light levels will rise again.

The sensor can also be set to only turn on the lighting when the room is dark, ensuring no energy is used unnecessarily during daylight hours.

The sensor does though have its limitations. The gadget is limited to detecting motion within a 16.5 feet radius, which can be further limited if necessary. It is also not possible to limit the detectors sensitivity, meaning that your dog will be able to turn the lights on simply by entering the room. Philips promises that limiting the sensitivity of sensors is the next step that they intend to take.

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