LPT: Philips Hue Lightstrips Are WIDER Than Normal – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me holding a Philips Hue Lightstrip box with the text Philips Hue Lightstrips Are Wider Than Average

This short video explains that Philips Hue’s indoor Lightstrips are wider than normal, meaning that they do NOT fit inside standard diffuser channels: This is frustrating if you have just purchased loads of diffuser channels. Hue’s Lightstrips are around 14mm (⅗”) in width, because they are 6-pin. Many other LED light strips are 8-9mm in … Read more

Can Hue Lightstrips Be Hardwired?

Power brick adapter for the Philips Hue Lightstrip V4

I’m soon going to be adding some under-cabinet kitchen lighting into my kitchen, and as a recent smart lighting fan, I was checking out Philip Hue’s Lightstrip range. These are designed to be plugged into a wall socket, but since I don’t have any sockets under my kitchen cabinets, I was wondering whether they can … Read more

Philips Hue’s Lightstrips: Width Guide

Back of Hue Lightstrip V4 showing how thick it is

Philips Hue’s Lightstrips are a great product: I have a few myself But one thing has always bugged me about them: they’re wider than normal. This might not sound like a problem, but it is when you try to fit them in an aluminum diffuser channel, and they don’t fit. Equally if you’re trying to … Read more

Philips Hue Lightstrip Mounting Guide (Don’t Use the Standard Adhesive!)

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus unsticking from the wooden skirting board

Philips Hue’s light strips are one of the easiest and most fun ways to add a dazzling pop of color and festivity to your home and entertainment system. But you can only enjoy them if you can keep them on the wall – not hanging off, or even worst, on the floor! One key to … Read more

Can Philips Hue Cycle Colors? (Yes, most of the time…) – A Tutorial – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me talking and screenshots of the Hue app and a lightstrip

Whilst it’s not obvious from the Philips Hue app, it IS possible to automatically cycle between different colors with your Hue lights and light strips. This is possible via the “Hue Labs” feature, which I show step-by-step in this guide. I also cover this topic in much more detail on my blog here. However please … Read more

Can You Buy Just The Philips Hue Lightstrip Controller?

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus controller - front view

I have been on a bit of a smart lighting journey over the past year. I originally disliked the idea of smart lighting, before buying a couple of smart lights here and there – and really liking them. I now have a range of smart lights, including a homemade ZigBee lightstrip and a Philips Hue … Read more

New Video – Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: Everything You Need To Know (Does It Justify Its High Price?)

The various parts of a Philips Hue Lightstrip V4 base and extension kit

Despite building my own DIY smart lightstrip for my kitchen last year, I purchased Philips Hue’s lightstrip to run around my desk in the black friday sales. Why did I do this? Well, I wanted to compare the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus to my own ZigBee DIY one. Is Hue’s offering really worth the high … Read more

New Video – My Kitchen’s Smart ZigBee Light Strip Install (+ Should You Use A Diffuser Channel?!)

YouTube video showing my smart light strips in the background of my kitchen, and me in the foreground

So I finally go around to installing the custom DIY light strip that I created in a previous video. These smart light strips are ZigBee based, meaning that I can control them through my Philips Hue app. I created my own light strips because I have a dishwasher in the way, breaking the run of … Read more

The Ultimate ZigBee Smart Light Strip Roundup

Dark kitchen with light strip below wall cabinets

Smart light strips are an awesome invention – they can instantly add interesting yet subtle lighting to various areas around your house, and their color can be quickly changed or dimmed to suit your needs. ZigBee (not Wi Fi) smart strips have added benefits too, but with so much choice, which one should you get? … Read more