Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus review – CNN Underscored
The right LED light strip can transform a dark basement playroom into a teenager’s dream den or add much needed light to a dark kitchen. And whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or just want to brighten up a room, the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is simple to install and easy to use, making it one of the best lightstrips you can buy.
If you’re not already familiar, LED light strips are thin, flexible circuit boards packed with small LED lights. They can be bent, cut to size and don’t require as much electricity as incandescent bulbs. You can place them under cabinets, around a window frame, on the wall, or anywhere you want to add some color and light.
For this review, I decided to install the Philips Hue Lightstrips Plus underneath my kitchen cabinets to brighten up the room. I have dark cabinets with a dark countertop and these strip lights ended up making a huge difference both in the ambience of the room as well as helping me see what I’m doing when I prep food. Plus, it was a lot less expensive than installing more overhead lighting.
I also wanted an option that was simple to use and because it works with either Bluetooth connectivity or a smart speaker, Philips’ option made sense for me. However, due to their relatively high price and the amount of add-ons necessary to make the most of them, these smart lightstrips might not be the best choice for everyone. After installing and using the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus for the last week, here are my thoughts on what to consider before you buy.
$99.99 $94.99 at Amazon
The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a great way to add attractive LED lighting to your home, but for the price, it only makes sense if you already have Philips lighting and a Hue Bridge in your home. Those seeking something cheaper are better off with similar models from Govee and Wyze.
What we liked
Phillips Hue bulbs are known for their high quality and bright colors, so while these light strips are on the expensive end of the spectrum compared to options like Govee and Wyze, they delivered in all the ways that count. An output of 1600 lumens makes them among the brightest light strips available, and I love that they offer a choice of a whopping 16 million colors as well as …….