How to setup Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor

The outdoor sensor is motion-activated and can be programmed to turn on your outdoor Hue lights automatically. The outdoor sensor comes with everything you need to get started right away. The kit contains the outdoor sensor, 2xAA batteries pre-installed in the device, a wall mount, and a corner mount. The kit also contains a quick-start installation manual and a legal manual.

The outdoor sensor is specifically designed for an outdoor environment. It is optimized for the outdoor sensor’s view angle and detection range to cover a larger, wider area. This enables you to install it above a door, for example, so it detects your motion as you step outside. The sensor’s sturdy design and increased battery capacity ensure it can withstand harsh weather conditions such as temperature variations and rainfall.

Related Questions

Does the Hue Outdoor Sensor have a serial number and reset button?

It has a serial number, but it can not be used to add it to the app light a bulb/light. The setup button can be used to enable pairing mode.

How do I set up the outdoor sensor?

We recommend that you first pair the sensor to your Philips Hue system. After adding the sensor to your Hue app, it will automatically set default behaviors so that you can get started right away. You can customize these settings in the app’s Accessory setup menu. Once set up, you can mount the sensor to any location outside your home using the included mounts. One sensor can control all the lights in your outdoor area at once. You will need to have an active internet connection (WiFi or 3G/4G) on your phone to set up the sensor.

When does the sensor turn off the lights after being triggered?

The outdoor sensor detects variations in infrared radiation in its environment. A person is warmer than their surroundings, which allows the sensor to recognize when nobody is within its range. The lights will automatically turn off when the sensor no longer detects motion.

How do I mount the sensor?

Mounts, screws, and wall plugs are included with the outdoor motion sensor. Advice on mounting your sensor can be found in the included instruction booklet. We recommend adding the sensor to your setup in the Hue app before mounting.

Can animals (or something else) trigger the sensor?

The sensor detects variations in infrared radiation in its environment, allowing it to detect human movement and automatically turn on the lights. Certain situations, such as an animal walking by or the reflection of sunlight off plants, can trigger the sensor. However, you can change the sensor’s sensitivity by navigating to Settings > Accessory setup > Sensor > Motion sensitivity in the Hue app.

Will the outdoor sensor work in the dark?

Yes. You can set the sensor to trigger the lights when it detects motion after dark. Go to Settings > Accessory setup > Sensor > Daylight sensitivity in the Hue app to change how light or dark it should be outside when the sensor becomes active.

Can the outdoor motion sensor turn on my lights for the night when it gets dark?

You can schedule a Sunrise or Sunset routine to set your lights to come on based on the time of day. Navigate to Routines > Other routines > Create custom routine, then set the When? section to Sunrise or Sunset.

How do I change the outdoor sensor’s batteries?

The sensor’s battery compartment is sealed with screws and a rubber seal to prevent rain from entering, but it is easy to open and replace the batteries inside:
1. Remove the sensor from the wall or corner mount.
2. Loosen, but don’t remove, the four screws.
3. Loosen, but don’t remove, the screw on the bottom.
4. Pull on the top two screws to remove the back cover.
5. Replace the old batteries with the new AA batteries. Don’t mix old batteries with new batteries, and don’t use rechargeable batteries.
6. Replace the back cover and tighten the four screws.
7. Place the sensor on the wall or corner mount and secure it with the screw on the bottom.

What does IP54 mean?

The IP-rating of a product indicates how water resistant it is. A rating of IP54 indicates that the item can withstand water coming from all directions, meaning that it can stay out in the rain.

In what types of weather does the outdoor sensor work?

The sensor has been tested to work in rain and at temperatures between -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) to 55 degrees Celsius (131 Fahrenheit). At temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), the performance of the sensor may be reduced.

How do I change the range of motion detection?

You can reduce the range of the sensor’s motion detection by lowering the sensor on the wall. At a height of 1.5 meters, the range is approximately 8 meters. At a height of 2.5 meters, the range is approximately 12 meters.

How do I remount the sensor if I want to move it from its current location?

You can move the sensor and mount it in another location following the same instructions you used to initially position the sensor.

What do I do if my app can’t find the sensor?

Move the sensor closer to the Bridge or the light you want it to control, and then try finding the light again.

Does it work with third-party lights?

The outdoor sensor must be connected to a Philips Hue Bridge; it cannot control lights outside the Philips Hue ecosystem.

Does the sensor work at temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius?

The sensor remains operational, but the batteries may drain faster or may not be able to provide sufficient energy to the device. If you use the sensor for longer periods of time, we recommend that you replace the batteries with AA Li-ion batteries, which perform better at lower temperatures.

Can I use the sensor with the round V1 bridge?

The outdoor sensor only works with the square-shaped V2 bridge.

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14 thoughts on “How to setup Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor

      1. Hi James, can you re download outdoor sensor manual. Also having trouble getting batteries out any suggestions
        Thank you

    1. Hi Seth, The minimal battery lifetime is 2 years. If it the sensor refuses to work, you may need to change the batteries. The Hue sensor takes two AAA batteries, which should last two to three years.

  1. Nice post. Thank you. Doing math in my head is the ratio of mounting height to range about 1:5 in feet? So if it’s mounted 10 feet high the range will be 50 feet out?

  2. Can I set up 2 “Discover” Lights in my drive on a dusk to dawn routine (with a low ambient light level), and then have the PIR Movement Sensor override this with a bright white light for a pre-determined period, if it detects movement?

    Then, when movement is no longer detected, the Discover lights return to the pre-set dusk to dawn routine?

  3. I’m new to Hue – How do I setup an outdoor motion sensor on the app without having any Hue lights. The App won’t let me pass the ‘Light setup’ stage!

  4. I have about six of these outdoors sensors and generally I like them, but I have a quandary.

    I have a routine which turns on my front-porch lights at sunset. However, if the outdoor motion sensor senses sufficient light at that time, the lights don’t come on. And then, since the “sunset” routine only runs once–those lights NEVER come on unless motion is sensed. So my front porch is in pitch dark, all night, even though I actually want the lights to remain on until 11:00 PM.

    1. Set up another routine to turn them on at a set time, maybe? It shouldn’t hurt anything to have one set to turn them on at sunset and another to turn them on at (for example) 7 PM. You could even set up several to be sure you’ve got it covered — sunset, 6 PM, 6:30 PM, 7 PM, etc. up until 11 PM. Might be overkill, but would ensure the lights are on with no more than a half-hour gap where they could potentially be off.

  5. Just bought this sensor. I am trying to use it with Hue lightbulbs on the side of my garage that work on sunset/sunrise schedule.

    When these lights are on after sunset, they are at a dimmed setting. When there’s motion, I want those lights to change to full brightness for a couple of mins. Then, after a couple of mins, I want to the lights to go back to dim mode.

    Can this be done using this outdoor sensor? I am hoping its a YES !!

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