Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Review

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Review

 

Summary:

The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a great way to enter the smart home sphere. It can be used in several ways throughout your home. From a simple light under your cabinets to home theatre lighting, all the way to a replacement for Christmas lighting. In combination with the Philips Hue app and other Hue lights, you can add a completely new dimension to your home.

Note: For full smart functionality you will need the Philips Hue Bridge

 

In-Depth Review: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Features

  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google assistant, Zigbee, Apple home kit, Samsung smart things, Logitech harmony
  • 16 Million Colors
  • Adjustable white light from 2000K to 6500K (very warm to very cool white light)
  • Light output of 1600 lumens
  • Extendable up to 10 meters
  • Sticks to most surfaces and can bend around corners
  • Sync lights with movies and music for ambiance
  • Timer for when you are away
  • Voice control

In the Box

  • 2 Meter Light strip
  • Power adapter

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Setting up

Setting the light strip is a breeze and physically assembling is straightforward, however, instructions are in the box. Typically, you should set up your bridge first then set up the lights. The cable from the plug to the controller is quite long and then from the controller, you have your 2m light strip. Once you have it all set up and plugged in, you can then add it to your light set up using the Philips Hue app.

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Cutting the strip

The Hue Lightstrip Plus can be reduced in length from its initial 2 metre size by cutting it along the marked spots on the strip. If you cut it anywhere else the section before it will affect the functionality, so it is important to only cut where the scissor markings are. The big downside with cutting the light strip is that the section that is cut off becomes wasted and cannot be used again.
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to salvage the cut section and it would be great if Philips could find a way to address this in the future. Though it seems that is unlikely.

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Extending the Strip

If you wish to extend your strip longer than the 2 metres then you will need to buy the Philips hue extensions. These come in 1 meter (40 Inch) lengths that just connect to the end of the light strip. This is great for longer runs and creating a great light effect along walls or underneath kitchen cabinets.

 

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Fantastic Uses

There are many ways you can use these lights that you may not have thought about. Here is a small list of some great ways they could be used.

 

  • Along kitchen units, above or under
  • Under your bed or around the headboard
  • Run them down your stairs, great as a nightlight
  • Add them under sofas in your living room
  • Around the bathroom mirror
  • Behind your Television or projector screen
  • Christmas decoration

 

Final Thoughts

The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a great product. Philips engineered this to be fool-proof when it comes to setting it up and using it. It works with Googles assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, allowing you to add it into your smart ecosystem seamlessly. However, I have a few gripes when it comes to this product. The price of the Hue Lightstrip and any of the Hue products is quite high if you are looking at remodeling an entire home or floor. And this leads me into my second big issue; why do we still need a bridge? Many other smart lighting systems use no bridge at all and work almost as good as Hue. It made sense when Hue was first released, however in a few short years, technology has improved tenfold. There simply is no need in 2018 for a bridge or hub. Be that as it may, the Philips Hue system is still superior to many other brands, and the Lightstrip Plus is no different

 

Features: 8/10

Ease of Use: 9/10

Setting Up 9/10

Cost: 6/10

 

Overall: 8/10

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