Hueblog: Philips Hue improves its motion sensor with new technology

Philips Hue improves its motion sensor with new technology

Improved sensitivity thanks to new sensor

Secretly, quietly, Philips Hue has launched a new generation of its motion sensor. Okay, new generation might not be the right word, but in any case it is a new, improved hardware revision.

The focus is on a new sensor lens that, according to my information, has a slightly higher sensitivity. This ensures that movements can be detected up to a distance of seven metres. With the previous sensor, “only” five metres was promised.


There are also changes in the Hue app. When setting up a new sensor, you will be asked whether it is the model with the label “Philips” (old) or “Philips Hue” (new). In addition, the new sensor offers five sensitivity levels instead of three. However, I still have to find out how this will be noticeable in practice.

When buying, look at the packaging and product number

There are also changes on the back of the sensor. There is now a small button that replaces the plastic part on the batteries and the reset hole. Otherwise, the design is unchanged.

Because of the technical improvements, it makes sense to buy the new generation. You can recognise it by the packaging shown here in the article and also by the EAN 8719514342125 and the model number 929003067501. A bit mean: Many online retailers still use old product photos.


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Comments 2 replies

  1. Hi,

    Since two weeks I have a number of HUE items installed in my house.
    Some of these components are sensors.
    I happened to run into an overview last week which showed per sensor a list of registered activities (date and time when the sensor had been activated). But unfortunately, I cannot recall where I saw. In the HUE app it is shown per sensor what the last registered activity was, but I am hoping to find (again) the entire list of those activities.

    Can somebody help me please?

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