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Philips' Hue Sensor Makes Light Switches Obsolete

Last week I walked into a hotel bathroom and saw its lights turn on the second I crossed the doorway, and I enjoyed a brief moment of awe. That's the kind of experience that Philips is betting will revolutionize your everyday life, as it introduces the Hue motion sensor for its lighting systems.

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(Image credit: Philips)

This $39.95 sensor (available this fall) allows you to activate the Hue lights in your household by walking in front of them. Each sensor offers a motion detection range of 16.5 feet (or 5 meters) and can control up to two rooms of lights.

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The Hue motion sensor requires two AAA batteries (which Philips claims will last for two to three years) so it can be placed anywhere in your home. Whether it's in your garage so your lights turn on as your car enters, or in your bathroom for when you wake up in the morning, this sensor can easily fit into your life.

Credit: Philips

(Image credit: Philips)

But what's that, you say? You're worried about the sensor turning on lights when you don't need them?

You can set the Hue motion sensor to detect daytime and nighttime, and turn on only the lights you need during the day. Daytime and nighttime light can also activate specific scenes -- presets for lighting strengths and colors -- so your bulbs can blast warm light at night and cooler colors in the morning.

Hue sensors can also be paired to scenes, so the one in your bedroom lowers the lighting halfway while the one on your foyer gets everything nice and bright.