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.
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 need
- 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)
- HomeKit enabled Motion sensor
- 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.
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 next
- 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 done
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.
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.