Indoor motion sensors and lights: the next step for your smart home

Looking from a living room to a hallway with a black and white tiled floor, black staircase and small brown table with a Hive Smart Plug in a hallway socket powering a small copper table lamp.

Already got smart lights or thinking of getting some? If so then connecting some of those lights to indoor motion sensors could be the ideal next step for your smart home. Indoor motion sensors might look small and unassuming, but they are at the heart of what a smart home can do. And linked up to your lights, they’re all sorts of useful.

How are they useful?

People often think motion sensors are just a security thing. But their real benefit is how they can make your other smart tech even smarter. For example, you can link an indoor motion sensor to your lights, heating or even television and suddenly things start working automatically.

How can they help you?

Connecting your motion sensors to your lights has lots of great uses around the home. For instance, a indoor motion sensor positioned in your hallway means you’ll always have a bright welcome waiting for you. As soon as you open the front door the lights will come on, meaning no more fumbling around in the dark for the light switch when your hands are full of shopping or your children.

Alternatively, an indoor motion sensor connected to a light bulb in your sitting room can be used as a simple way to add an extra layer of security to your home. Then if anyone is snooping around outside, they are likely to stop in their tracks when the lights turn on as they will think someone is at home.

Indoor motion sensors and lights: how do you connect them? But let’s take a step back, and look at how you go about connecting your indoor motion sensors with your smart lights. In Hive’s case, it’s all done through Hive Actions in the Hive app. To get started follow the below steps:

1. Open the Hive app and log in. 2. Go to the menu and select 'Actions'. 3. If using iOS, tap on the 'Discover' tab or if using Android, tap on the '+' button. From here, browse by category or device, choose an Action template or build your own. 4. Choose the devices (sensor and lights) for the Action and define what they should do. To alter a device or behaviour tap on the ‘When’, 'While' and ‘Then’ boxes and pick from the available options. 5. When finished tap 'Done' then 'Next'. 6. Name the Action and tap 'Save' to finish. 7. You should now see the new Action in the 'My actions' tab list and on your Hive Home dashboard.

Now you’re all set. And the great thing is, Hive Actions are free to set up and can be used to get lots of different smart devices working seamlessly around you, not just lights.

Check out Hive’s range of motion sensors and smart lights over on the products section of the website.

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