Philips hue Lightstrip 6.6': Create ambiance in your home with this lightstrip, which lets you select from millions of colors and shades of white. Just connect to your favorite apps to set timers and alarms, dim the light and recreate colors using your smartphone or tablet.
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Good, but has limitations
Posted by: phoenix from: on
I'm torn on how to rate this product. From a performance standpoint, I give it five stars so far considering I have only had it in place for a week or two. The lights are very bright and do a good job of lighting up the space (whites and colors look great to me). I used one of these strips above a bay window on a vaulted ceiling. The lights stuck well to the ceiling (so far at least) and are bright enough for me to not have to worry about going to all of the trouble and expense to retrofit canned lights into the same space. I pared these lights with one of the new Philips wall dimmer switches, which has worked very well.
The lights are definitely a five star product if you are installing the lights in a straight line. Whether it's across the top of kitchen cabinets, or a vaulted ceiling, as long as you do not have to worry about any angles, I think you will be very happy with the lights.
The lights are not very pleasing to look at if they are visible to the eye. I had intended on putting these in a few more spots such as under the trim below my windows, and in other similar areas. However, my wife did not like this and demanded that I remove the lights from any location where they were not completely hidden. In her defense, I did not really like seeing the visible lights either and we have decided to use them in only locations where they are completely concealed. I don't remove any stars for this since it is as intended I believe. The lights are thin, but you may be surprised by how visible the actual light strand is if you are trying to put these in non traditional areas.
The power block that goes into the wall outlet is big, so that may be an issue for you. While it was not great, I was able to burry it behind furniture, so it can't be seen. The cord from the wall outlet to the lights is about six feet, so you may have to worry about hiding the extra cable depending on where you are installing the lights (there is a second smaller brick that the lightstrip plugs into that you will need to deal with as well).
From an installation standpoint, I would give this a 3 1/2 star rating. While these strips are very bendable up and down, they do not bend well at all when installing on horizontal angles. You can forget about using these on any 90 degree angles, and 45 degree angles are not much better. You will not be able to easily install the strip flat at the angle if you have to bend the strip to the right, or the left since Philips does not offer any kind of adapter for this (as long as the strip stays straight, you are good). You will need to curve or loop the strip at the angle, which may throw off the light pattern a little in that spot. You will also need to make sure you have plenty of room to hide the curve/loop you need to make to get around the angle, or it will be visible. You will also probably need additional adhesive of some sort to strengthen the area around the loop on both sides of the angle.
The few negatives aside, I think this is a great product if it matches what your intended use is. I held off buying the first generation because they were not bright enough, and not long enough. Hopefully Philips will incorporate adapters for future products that allow you to cut and install the strips easily around angles. Other brands already have this, so hopefully Philips will do the same. I also look forward to Philips producing a product like this that can be used outdoors. If these were rated for the outdoors, and could be installed at 90 degree angles, I would love to put these all around my deck out back (among other locations).
I have also used the new expansion strips. They connect easily and have the same positives and limitations as mentioned above.
42 out of 45 found this review helpful.
Sooo much brighter (and better whites)
Posted by: dougc405 from: NJ on
I picked these up (along with the new dimmer switch) at my local Best Buy Saturday. Apparently, they weren't supposed to be on the shelves yet. Who knew.
Anyway, I got this to use as under-cabinet lighting in my kitchen. As anyone who has read the reviews will know, the first-generation strips were not bright enough to use for task lighting in a kitchen. The same can't be said about the new Plus strips. They can provide all of the light you need and more. Before I could set them (and the dimmer) up, I had to update the firmware on the hub. When I added the Plus strip, the app added 3 items, 2 Color Strips and an Extended Color strip. The two Color Strips were not reachable, though, and I later deleted them. This may be a glitch in the software, but didn't interfere with control of the strip.
The only negative, at least in comparison to the original strips, is that the power brick is much larger than the first-generation strips. Given that the Plus strip can be extended out to 10 meters, I suppose it must be bigger, but it is something to keep in mind if planning to hide the wires and boxes.
I already had two other original light strips in the kitchen. Because of the vast disparity in output, I will probably end up repurposing them and installing new Plus strips instead.
These strips are real lighting, not just special effects. When running for pure ambiance, I'm running about 30%. The addition of white LEDs makes a world of difference in the color. The white is warm and brings out the color of the tile backsplash. In fact, I have a new appreciation for my tiling job now that it is no longer in the shadows.
As I said, I will probably be adding more of these to my kitchen.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
You light up my life!
Posted by: LightieHue from: on
These are the greatest thing since the door bell! If you haven't purchased anything from hue yet...these are a must! So many funthings you can do with these. I bought two sets and wrapped them around the base of my white Christmas tree. It glows! And any color I want!! Buy these!!
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Welcomed improvement for an already great product
Posted by: StillSoVicious from: on
The Hue Lightstrips Plus improve upon the previous generation's hardware in every way that matters. With the addition of the white LED to the existing RGB LEDs the strips can finally produce a myriad of true white light that can range from warm white (like regular incandescent bulbs) to crisp cool white light (like LED or florescent bulbs) as opposed to the previous generation's strips that could only yield a light greenish-ish "white" light. Perhaps my favorite change is the fact that the Plus strips are immensely brighter than their predecessors. I've used my new Plus Strips as upward ceiling facing recessed lighting and they are finally a viable option to illumining the whole room without the need for additional lamps. There previous generation's 120 lumens strips simply can not shine like the new 1600 lumens strips are able to. As far as the RGB LEDs on the strips they are just as responsive and vibrant as before, if not more so thanks to the major increase in lumens. In my opinion they seem like they can more accurately reproduce the colors you choose via the Hue app due to the addition of the white LED. The new ability to extend the Plus Strips up to 33 ft. is also a very welcomed addition as the strips can be used in more applications without the complicated need for additional power adaptors for every 6ft of strip (the maximum length of the old strips.) All in all I am extremely pleased with my new addition to my Phillips Hue collection.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great product, once you buy the bridge separately
Posted by: KWBoiler from: on
The product itself is great, but didn't know the bridge was needed for it to work. I bought this for my son in college and he loved it, but had to buy the bridge separately to connect it to his router to be able to change it from his phone, and for it to work at all.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Much Brighter, Greater Dimable Range
Posted by: HueScott from: on
I have many lights--so many that I have two bridges--and I had been reading about this addition to the hue family over the past month and was quite excited about them. They do not disappoint! The light output is very, very bright. I believe, depending on the color temperature, they are a little more than 10x brighter than the original hue lightstrips. They also have a much greater dimming range. The previous generation of lightstripts (and original hue bulbs, blooms, iris) went from off to about a brightness of 30-40 (on a scale of 0-254). That is, setting the brightness to a value of 10 was no different than 40. The hue Lightstrips Plus can be dimmed by quite a bit more to barely on, maybe around 5 on the same brightness scale.
I have one of the Lightstrips Plus as a guide along the stairs and the other one runs along the ceiling of the upstairs hallway. I am waiting for the extensions to be available so I can extend them both as desired.
I am also looking forward to the new hue bridge to allow Siri to control my lights.
The only negative I have found is if you move your eyes quickly, with your field of vision crossing the lightstrips, you can see them flickering. This effect is not visible with the original lightstrips. My guess is they cycle on and off at a slightly slower rate than the original ones allowing it to enter one's visible perception under limited circumstances. If you're looking at them or they're in your periphery, it is not perceivable.
They are an excellent addition to the Philips hue family and I will be purchasing additional ones and extensions.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Get creative with your lighting
Posted by: 92bpm from: on
This is a no brainier if you have the Philips Hue system already. I put this light strip in between my bed and the wall and it added a really nice effect to my bedroom with all the different colors it can produce. It has adhesive all along the bottom of it making it easy to install. These can also be linked together to cover longer lengths or cut down for a custom application. I'm buying a bunch of these for my house!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
We LOVE these
Posted by: BarrettKey from: on
These lights look FANTASTIC under our kitchen cabinets!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great light strip
Posted by: Mroberts48 from: on
If you are happy with other Hue products ... this is a no brainer. Reliable product. Very responsive to on/off. Wide color range. My one criticism would be the adhesive. For most part, very reliable. But in one section I had to buy and use double stick tape. Overall, I would definitely recommend.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Very bright, but also gets dim and good color
Posted by: rainabba from: on
I don't claim Hue is THE best RGB lighting out there, but it has its benefits and if you decide to dive in, these strips are a must have. I purchased these so I could integrate lighting behind my Sony 65" Bravia UHD set with my "Watch TV" scene. This strip was exactly what I wanted. In particular, the cables are very generous and well thought out in terms of where you want length, power and the lights.