Philips has today once again made an announcement that sees its fantastic Hue range of connected hardware expand in the hope of appealing to a wider range of consumers.

In addition to announcing updated Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs with richer greens and blues, the Dutch company has also expanded the accessories that can be purchased with the connected bulbs with a new Hue Motion Sensor that can automatically control Hue bulbs throughout the house when motion is detected.

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The introduction of the new Hue Motion Sensor will actually paint the Hue range in an entirely different light for consumers who may have previously been sitting on the fence about whether or not to invest in connected Hue bulbs. The new accessory is small, fairly lightweight, and is battery controlled, meaning that it can essentially be placed or mounted anywhere where motion will be detected.

As you may have already guessed, the contraption connects directly to the Hue Bridge to control the lights, giving it flexibility throughout the home.

The Philips Hue motion sensor not only provides hands-free control but also helps deliver peace of mind. You can be guided safely throughout your home at night with lighting. Plus, you no longer have to remind the kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room. The reliable detection the motion sensor provides when you exit supports this and also helps you be more energy efficient.

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As you might expect, the control that’s provided with the new motion sensor also allows Hue owners to set their lights based on their own personal requirements and the time of day the motion is detected. As an example, if a child has woken during the night and is detected, then it’s possible to have a softer glow that provides comfort without startle. It’s also possible to have a very specific illumination time frame, meaning that the lights can turn themselves off after a pre-defined period of time. Up to 12 motion sensors can exist on a single Hue Bridge installation.

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Each individual Hue Motion Sensor will retail for $39.95, and will be available from the usual places, such as Amazon.com and Best Buy, starting this coming October. Considering that 12 can be connected to a single Bridge at any given time, it’s more than likely that multi-buy deals will be available at time of launch as well. The refreshed Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs will also be made available in the same period from the aforementioned places with prices expected to drop to $50 from the usual $60 as well.

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