A Complete Buyer’s Guide to Philips Hue LightStrip Plus
Over the years, our expectations from Philips Hue lighting products have escalated because of its easy configuration, automated control mechanism, scheduling, and grouping. While LED light bulbs and lamps take up space, Philips Hue LightStrip Plus floods your home with beautiful color without taking any space. A perfect choice for minimalists. You can set them up under cabinets, behind tables, back of your entertainment system, under stairs, or anywhere you like. We placed ours behind the reading table and at the back of our TV and two most popular places to set up light strips. We are literally obsessed with the atmosphere it creates. The vibe created by Philips Hue LightStrip Plus with its unique color accent is beyond description. While watching a movie the color changes according to the scene. Isn’t that amazing?
With the flexibility to bend, extend, and cut, this LED light strip generates 16 million entrancing colors. It’s pairable with Smart Home Assistant, i.e., Google Assistant, Alexa, Apple Homekit, SmartThings, and Microsoft Cortana.
Philips Hue LightStrip Plus is 80 inches in length. It has an adhesive tape at the back. The LightStrip has cut marks at every thirteen inches. You can cut it down according to your need in the induced cut marks. But what if you want to extend it? Well, there’s a solution for that as well. Philips Hue has an extension of LightStrip Plus. The extension is 40 inches in length. The light strip effuses 1600 lumens, equal to two sixty-watt bulbs, more than enough to light up any workspace. Besides, it’s easily dimmable too. Hence, whether you need to illuminate or create a soft aura, you can do it all with Philips Hue LightStrip Plus. The LightStrip has the ability to emit warm or cool white light from 2000K to 6500K. Claimed by Philips, it will last for 20,000 hours equivalent to two years of uninterrupted use.
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The installation process is absolutely hassle-free. After deciding the perfect place where to put the strip, you just peel off the adhesive tape and stick it in your desired place. The strip is easily bendable around corners. However, make sure the place where you are bending the strip is not close to an LED. You can also extend the strip with one or more forty-inch extensions. While cutting the strip, make sure that you are snipping out in the exact place. The new version of the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus enables the reuse of the snipped part of the strip with another snipped part via a tiny plastic bracket that comes in the LightStrip Plus Package (only one). A lot of unofficial videos are available on YouTube regarding that.
But unfortunately, the old version does not have this privilege. So, if you already own the old version, then while cutting be sure of where you want to shorn it. Since the strip does not use a battery, you have to use an AC power adapter which will connect to another flat receiver box along with an eight-foot power cord that connects with the light strip through a 6-pin connector. In order to connect the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus with your gadget, you have to pair it with the Hue app, if you have Hue Bridge. In case you do not own one, you can connect with the Philips Hue Bluetooth app. Nevertheless, if you own an Apple Homekit, you have to buy a Hue Bridge, since the Homekit does not connect with the Philips Hue Bluetooth app.
If you are regulating the LightStrip Plus with Hue Bluetooth app, the availability of features is limited for you. Even with the recent update, you can
- Turn it on and off
- Automate ten lights only
- Navigate brightness and color warmth.
- Set a timer.
- Control only ten Hue lights.
These are the only available features for a Hue Bluetooth app user. Additionally, to automate the light strip with Bluetooth, you have to stay in the Bluetooth range. Let’s take a look at what facility Hue Bridge adds to the light strip plus. The Hue Bridge delivers a wide range of facilities. With the Bridge, you can control the LightStrip system from anywhere, even when you’re not in the house. The most amazing part of using it is, Hue Bridge enables to automate 50 Hue lights along with grouping them into different zones and rooms. It creates an elaborate routine that has geofenced home and away modes. You can also sync them with your entertainment system and set the perfect ambiance for gaming and watching movies.
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Although it resists humidity, it’s not waterproof. If you desire to set it up in your bathroom, you can. But placing it near the tub or sink may result in permanent decay of the LightStrip. The LightStrip Plus is over pricey. If you don’t have the Hue Bridge, you have to buy it to get the maximum benefit of the strip. The cutaways are allowed every 13 inch which is annoying sometimes. For us, it would have been more convenient if it allowed us to cut the strip wherever we want.
Philips Hue LightStrip Plus is a smart replacement for a first-generation light strip. We love the ambiance and the variation of lights. It’s obviously a bit pricey especially for those who do not have the Hue Bridge. Nevertheless, we would always opt for Philips Hue LightStrip Plus because of the above-mentioned features it has. We have already become a fan of the interface, automation, and the smart control system. Also, it’s totally reliable because the smart light bulbs of Philips Hue have a longevity of 22 years. So, without further delay, go grab yours today!