The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering. as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

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Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, is once again expanding its lineup of outdoor Philips Hue lighting products. The company is showing three new wall-mounted fixtures and a Hue Outdoor sensor that can turn on any group of Hue lights—indoor or out—when someone walks by.

The battery-powered, weather-resistant, wireless sensor can be mounted outdoors and programmed via the Hue app to trigger any collection of Philips Hue lighting. This is both a convenience—because outdoor lights are invariably controlled by switches inside the house—and a security feature that could deter a would-be intruder from hanging around.

Motion-activated outdoor lights are common enough, but seeing lights come on inside the house at the same time might convince a miscreant that the home is occupied even if it isn’t.

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The new Philips Hue Outdoor sensor can turn on designated lights—inside your home and out—when anyone approaches.

The outdoor motion sensor has a detection range of 12 meters (39 feet) and an integrated light sensor, so that lights are turned on only when it’s dark. The outdoor version will cost $49.95 when it goes on sale in February. Philips also offers an indoor motion sensor, which earned a very positive review from us in 2017.

Signify’s three new Philips Hue outdoor luminaires will also be available in February. They are the $109.99 Philips Hue Welcome Home Light (which provides a single shade of bright white light), the $139.99 Philips Hue Discover Flood Light (which produces white and color ambiance light), and the $129.99 Philips Hue Econic family (in porch ceiling, pedestal, downlight, and uplight configurations. The ceiling version of the Econic is pictured up top.)

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