The new Philips Hue smart light device uses battery-powered motion sensor technology to control your lights.
(CCM) — Philips is making it even easier to control the lights in your house. Earlier today, the consumer products company announced the addition of a motion sensor to its popular line of wireless lighting systems, the Philips Hue. The new motion sensor comes in the form of a small white box, making it easy to install in any room of the house without being too imposing. Powered by just two AAA batteries, the highly configurable motion sensor will allow users to adjust their lighting and sensitivity settings based on a variety of factors, including time of day and level of movement. If no movement is detected, rather than cutting off the lights in one fell swoop, the sensors will gradually reduce the level of light given off by connected bulbs, allowing users to reactivate the sensors if needed. As with previous versions of the system, the new Philips Hue can be controlled via its accompanying smartphone app, which is capable of adjusting a room's lighting levels depending on movement or even the amount of natural light available at any given time.
In addition to the motion sensor, Philips is also introducing updated versions of the "Huge White" and "Color Ambiance" bulbs, now with new green and blue-tinted options. The new bulbs promise to offer bolder and brighter colors than their predecessors and will come in A-19, BR-30, and GU-10 models. The new Philips Hue Motion Sensor will be available beginning in October at a price of $39.95. The new colored bulbs will also be made available in October and will reportedly retail for $50, though the actual price is still unconfirmed.
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