The Kitchen: Expanding our Philips Hue Lightstrips
We've pushed on with extending our Philips Hue Smart Lighting in the kitchen. This was an easy enough job - but there was one slight challenge to overcome. Thankfully we found a good solution!
As you'll know from my previous post "Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus", we'd installed 5 metres of Philips Hue Lightstrip on top of some cabinets in our kitchen. This gives a nice 'uplighter' effect around one side of the room. The next logical place to cover is on the underside of the kitchen cabinets.
Doing this provides down-lighting onto our kitchen surfaces on one side of the room. However, here we hit a small challenge. Unlike the top section - where it was one continuous surface to stick the lightstrip onto, the underside is broken up.
There's a corner section at one level, then an elevated section over the kitchen sink. Then, it drops back down again. How to handle this?
Well, one option would certainly have been to just stick lightstrip continuously and include the 'sides' that elevate to the raised section. However, that would have meant a section of lightstrip 'exposed', with nothing to hide it away. The LEDs would shine directly out into the room, and look a little unsightly.
Another option is to simply have three individual Hue LightStrip Plus sections, each setup as individual lights. However this would have required additional power supplies, and taken up more light slots on our Bridge.
Instead, we turned to a third party solution. An extension cable allowed us to connect our lightstrip expansion strips to the main starter strip. These cables connect to the end of one strip, and the start of the next. They're small enough that we were able to drill some holes into the kitchen cupboards, and route the cables inside.
This allowed us to use a single 2m starter strip, and then only two 1m expansion strips. Connecting them together using the extension cables.
These cables are available on Amazon right now for £14.99 for a 1m cable. They're available in black or white, and various other options are available for multipacks, or longer cables. They aren't official Philips brand, so I make no promises about your warranty if you use these. However for us they did the job - and hey, it's just wires!
The final result is rather pleasing, with high level up-lighting, and mid-level down-lighting onto our kitchen surface and sink area. All of this is of course controlled by our Philips Hue Motion sensor, and Tap switch.
Next steps are to also do floor-level down-lighting by attaching Philips Hue Lightstrips to the under-side lip of the lower kitchen cabinets. That would complete the lightstrip installation for us. After that, it will simply be a matter of choosing a good ceiling light, and the Kitchen will be done! Watch this space!