Hands-On First Look at the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

In early September 2015, Philips announced its new Hue Lightstrip Plus at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on one to test out and review.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus box next to close-up of the Lightstrip Plus

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus box next to close-up of the Lightstrip Plus

Watch our unboxing video and quick demos on YouTube!

Philips has made some major improvements to the new version of its Lightstrip, including adding dedicated white LEDs and allowing extensions of the Lightstrip to 10 meters (30 feet).

The box is pretty small with minimal packaging, and none of those annoying ties that you have to undo and toss out.  A standard-size power block is included that has an interchangeable plug for other power systems, and the one for North America was included. Specifically, this Philips Hue product works on 100 to 240 volt electric systems. Otherwise, a generous 8-foot cable is included that extends from the transceiver device, which one end of the Lightstrip Plus plugs into.

Contents of the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus box

Contents of the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus box

Setup is a breeze, thanks to the Hue app (works on iOS and Android). Once you plugin the Lightstrip Plus and ask the app to “Search for New Lights”, it will find it for you and then flash the light so you’re sure which light you’re working with. Then just give it a name and you’re all set to go.

Adding the Lightstrip Plus to an existing Philips Hue system via the app (iOS shown).

Adding the Lightstrip Plus to an existing Philips Hue system via the app (iOS shown).

The Lightstrip Plus has a maximum brightness of 1600 lumens—the equivalent of two 60-watt incandescent light bulbs—and now has the same capabilities of the other Hue color-changing products. Initial testing showed a nice wide spectrum of colors, in addition to the tuneable white light. Responsiveness was also on par with other Hue products such as the A19 “standard” bulb and BR30 flood lamp.

The Lightstrip Plus, like its predecessor, comes with 3M adhesive on one side of the strip so you can easily mount it to any surface you’d like. We here at Lighting Answers are working on integrating it into our studio in a beautiful way and will be doing further testing on it. Look for a full review, plus a project video coming soon.

Four out of the millions of shades of color that the Lightstrip Plus is capable of producing.

Four out of the millions of shades of color that the Lightstrip Plus is capable of producing.

You can purchase the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus on Amazon.com and other retailers for $89.95 USD (Philips Hue bridge required)

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