Hue Secure was officially integrated into the Hue app this week, but apart from integrating existing motion sensors, there’s not much you can do with Philips Hue’s new security system yet. Cameras and contact sensors are only “coming soon”, the official statement still reads “in autumn”.
However, I couldn’t just sit around idly either, so I tried my luck with two ZigBee contact sensors. One is the door and window contact from Aqara and the other is a noname product that I was able to quickly order from Amazon.
Although both sensors rely on the ZigBee standard and Philips Hue has already confirmed to me that no special technology is built into the in-house sensors, the contact sensors of the other manufacturers could not be paired with the Hue Bridge. That would have been a great thing, because at 39.99 euros, the contact sensor from Philips Hue is not exactly a bargain.
In the end, however, this experiment confirms the rule: while Philips Hue is quite open when it comes to pairing lamps and sockets (which are also just lamps for the system), the situation is different when it comes to accessories. Only licensed or own switches and sensors can be paired with the Hue Bridge.