PHILIPS HUE LIGHTSTRIP PLUS V4
Design & Construction
Philips Hue has for the most part been dominating the lighting market since the start of time and the Hue Lightstrip Plus has seen its success as being a customisable option to anyone who wants lights everywhere and anywhere. The Hue Lightstrip Plus is as understated as it can get, with a long silicone strip that features the capabilities of being able to extend, cut and fit any angle or shape. The light strip that emits lights from individual LEDs. The back of the light strip has a double-sided tape attached to it, enabling it to be easily stuck onto any surface straight out of the box. However, there are no controls on the light strip or power brick itself so set-up can only be done using the Philips Hue app.
Lighting Performance & Quality
Moving on to lighting performance, the Hue Lightstrip Plus features an equivalent of a 20W bulb and outputs 1600 lumens. The projected lifespan of the bulb is around 25,000 hours and the colour ranges from 2000-6500K. Out of the box. the light strip is ready to use with just Bluetooth control using the Philips Hue BT app. However, there are limitations to using Bluetooth as you could only connect up to 10 devices. But as always, it is a great starter for anyone who has not bought a Hue Bridge. For those who want to unlock the full potential, you will need to have a Hue Bridge to connect the lamp to Wi-Fi. To set-up the lamp, you will require the Philips Hue app, which will guide you through the process and register the speaker for you. The app is available on both the App and Play Store. In the app, you may hook up your Hue Go by pressing the Hue Bridge once to enter pairing mode. You can then eventually add it to any of your room and set it up to work together with other bulbs as well as Entertainment Areas. When used with the Hue Sync app, the lightbar will flash to change colours according to the movie or video lights and elevate the watching experience. It simply works flawlessly and syncs up quickly with no lag at all. In the app, there are lighting presets that you can choose from and you can find more in the Hue Labs tabs. You can also fine-tune the brightness and colour ambience to your liking. If you are into setting up routines, you can make customs to turn on lights at specific timings or when you arrive home. There is also the option to do software updates and link it to a Hue Dimmer Switch. After set-up, you can link your Hue account and add the Hue Go to your preferred smart home app of Apple Homekit, Google Home or Amazon Alexa
Connectivity & Portability
In terms of connectivity, the Hue light strip single power brick supports up to 10m extensions without any compromises to the brightness. I am glad to report that the Hue Go blends into interiors as cove lighting.
Modern & Minimalistic Design
Multiple Light Recipes
Stable Software Updates
Dimmer Switch Compatibility
Customisable Brightness & Colour Change
Google Home, Amazon Alexa & Apple Homekit Compatible
The Bottom Line
Overall, the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a great addition to any room's ambience. The Hue Lightstrip works well with the rest of the Hue ecosystem, making it useful as both a work light as well as synced background movie and gaming lighting.
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