Five of the best spots for a motion sensor

Room with white painted walls and a window on the left with white shutters with a Hive Motion Sensor attached high up in the corner of the room

The humble motion sensor doesn’t sound like the sexiest piece of smart tech. But motion sensors (or PIR passive infrared sensors as they’re also known) are actually at the heart of what a smart home can do.

So where are the best places to put one? And what can they do?

Five of the best spots for a motion sensor

The real benefit of a smart motion sensor is how it can make your other smart tech even smarter: you can link a sensor to your heating, lights or even television and suddenly things start working automatically. For example:

1. Hallway

A motion detector in your entrance hall has lots of great uses. One favourite is to link it to your smart lights so they come on as soon as you open the front door. It’s also a good spot for a motion or PIR sensor if you like to keep an eye on who’s coming and going. A quick notification direct to your phone is a really simple way to know the kids are home from school or the dog walker has arrived on time.

2. Living room

A motion sensor in your living room can be a handy way to save energy. Rather than having your TV, set-top box, DVD player, music system and the rest all sitting on standby, link a motion sensor to a smart plug and you can make sure they’re off at the mains when you’re not there, and ready to go when you are.

3. Windows

Attaching sensors to windows is great for security as you’ll get an instant alert if one of them is opened. But it’s also a simple way to save time, as you can quickly check they’re all closed from the app on your phone rather than dashing about checking each individual window.

If you link a window sensor to your smart thermostat, you can also get your heating to turn itself off automatically if there’s a window left open. So instead of your heating staying on to try and heat a room with a window open, it does the opposite. Helping you save energy and money.

4. Landing

If you have small children who wake up at night needing the loo, a PIR sensor outside their bedroom could be useful. Link it to a smart light in the bathroom and as they step out, the light will go on. They’ll be able to find the bathroom on their own, you can then programme the light to turn off automatically after a few minutes, hopefully leaving you to sleep on in peace (we can at least dream…)

5. Driveway

Motion or PIR sensors can detect cars. Put one across your driveway and link it to your smart lights, and you could get lights to come on inside and outside your house as you drive in. This is also a great security feature – anyone snooping around is likely to be put off if the lights come on as they get close to your home.

Of course, once you start thinking about where to put motion sensors, you’ll find the list is endless. Or you can take a closer look at our family of smart sensors on the Hive products section of the website.

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