How to create a HomeKit Floodlight with motion detection on a budget

How to create and set up a HomeKit floodlight with motion detection

Whilst floodlights with HomeKit support are starting to hit the market now with one of them being the Philips Hue Welcome floodlight, but it is rather expensive at £109 and that’s just for the floodlight alone without the motion sensor.

So in this article, I will show how to set up a HomeKit enabled flood light on a budget that can be used with a variety of difference HomeKit components that you may already have.

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Before we get started, I just want to point out that I have used a Netatmo Presence security camera as the motion sensor. This is because I use the HomeKit camera in the same location I am mounting the floodlight. So if you already use a HomeKit security camera with a built-in motion sensor, then you could also use this rather than buying a separate sensor.

The HomeKit Floodlight – What you needHomekit Floodlight with motion sensor

  • Existing HomeKit setup with a hub like an Apple TV, iPad or HomePod.
  • A floodlight that plugs into a socket such as this one from Amazon – Link here
  • HomeKit smart plug, any of the following will work (Personally tested)
    • IKEA Control Outlet (Used in my setup and this tutorial) – Link here
    • Eve Energy plug – Link here
  • HomeKit enabled Motion sensor
    • Either the Philips Hue Outdoor sensor – Link here
    • Netatmo Presence security camera (Used in my setup and this tutorial) – Link here
  • You may need an extension cable depending on the on distance to the power source and place you mount the flood light.
  • As the IKEA Control Outlet does not support HomeKit, I have connected the Control Outlet to Home Assistant. But if you use Eve Energy then you do not need to do this. – Link here

So if you use an IKEA Control outlet, the floodlight above and the Philips Hue Outdoor sensor, you will save huge over the Philips Hue HomeKit Floodlight.

HomeKit floodlight prep

Before we get started setting up the floodlight to work with HomeKit. I am assuming that you have already completed the following steps

  • Paired the smart plug with HomeKit and placed in the relevant “room” within HomeKit.
  • Mounted the Floodlight in the location with a power source in reach.
  • Mounted the motion sensor in the location you require it and paired it with HomeKit.
  • You have set up Home-Assistant if you are using the IKEA Control Outlet.

Once all these steps are completed then you are ready to set up the floodlight with the HomeKit components.

How to set up the Floodlight to work with HomeKit

Whilst the floodlight will work as designed and provide a light source in the area you have set up, you need to connect the HomeKit enabled plug and the motion sensor to this dumb floodlight to turn smart and enable some of the automation benefits that come with it being in the HomeKit eco-system.

  • Step 1 – Plug in the smart plug into the power source that will be used by the floodlight.
  • Step 2 – Once you have confirmed everything is in order, carry out a quick test by turning on and off the smart plug via the Home App.HomeKit smart plug

Now the floodlight is working with the HomeKit smart plug and can be found within the Home App, its time to set up the motion sensor.

In order to get the devices talking you need to open up the Home app and follow the below steps

Note – This setup is turning on the floodlight when it detects motion, you can use different rules as per your own preferences.

  • Step 1 – First open the Home App and then goto the “Automation” tab
  • Step 2 – Click the “+” sign in the top right corner
  • Step 3 – Choose “A Sensor Detects Something”
  • Step 4 – Choose the relevant motion sensor. In my case, I choose the “Garage Outside Sensor” Click next
  • Step 5 – You have a number of choices in this area, but for the tutorial, we are going to set up the floodlight to activate when it detects motion.
    • Tick “Detects Motion” Then choose the time. Mine is set up only to trigger at night.
    • Change the time to “At Night”
    • Keep People off – But you can use your own settings here depending on circumstances.
    • Click nextHomeKit automation
  • Step 6 – Choose the accessory you want to include, so choose the smart plug connected to the floodlight. Click next
  • Step 7 – Now select to “turn on” and then select the turn off period, I selected to turn off after 2 minutes. Then Click doneHome App for HomeKit

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Other HomeKit floodlight uses

Whilst this article has focused on using a motion sensor with the floodlight, you can, of course, use other automation or scenes and some of these could be;

  • When someone arrives home, the floodlight turns on.
  • When someone leaves the floodlight turns on.
  • When a scene is activated the floodlight turns off or on.
  • At a certain time, the floodlight turns on or off.
  • Pair it with a HomeKit door sensor, the floodlight could be turned on.

I think you get the point, the different options are huge for how you could use the HomeKit enabled Floodlight once you have it all set up.Floodlight with HomeKit

So that’s it, you will now have a HomeKit enabled floodlight setup if you have a question or comment then leave it below and don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest from Active JR.

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  1. Hi
    This is a good tutorial and I have had a similar set up with some lights close to my house using an Apple TV, an Eve Energy plug and original Philips Hue sensor (the inside one has worked fine outside!) for about 2 years now.
    My question is this …. I have a garage which is 30m away or so away from my house. I have wifi working there via a powerline set up. Is there a plug in switch that I could use to automate lights over in and around the garage which can communicate via the wifi. The Eve Energy switch only works via bluetooth and would require to be in range of the Apple TV, which it is not. Ideally, I would like to set up geocaching also, so that a security light can come on when I’m getting close to the house at night. This is how I have the Hue lights set up around my house, but that was easy, as these bulbs are in close range of the Philips Hub and Apple TV.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated without me having to pay out for another Apple TV, Philips hub etc.

    • Hi. You could use the one in this article. The IKea control outlet. But you would need a ikea home smart hub and a signal repeater to help with the range.

      Adding it all up, it’s still cheaper than a Eve energy.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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