Lightbulbs and lamps aren't the only way to add lighting to your home. Flexible adhesive LED lightstrips can also be a great way to add lighting, and pleasant lighting effects. Doing this with smart lighting can make installing and controlling it even easier. With that in mind, we added Philips Hue Lightstrips to our Kitchen.
In a previous unboxing article and video 'Philips Hue to the Kitchen & Beyond' I made mention that we planned to install Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus into our Kitchen. Well, this is now done.
Install was fairly easy. We cleaned up the top of the cupboards where we planned to install the lightstrips, and then began the process of removing the backing strip from the lightstrip plus 2m starter kit, and sticking it down. We had three 1m extension kits which simply plug into the end of the starter kit (and then the respective extension kits). You can extend up to 10 metres. You can also cut the lightstrip every third of a meter. This is indicated by a cutting line on the strip itself.
Top tip here - make sure you are sticking this down to a clean surface. If the surface is dirty, it may not stick properly and the lightstrip could begin to come off over time, especially if you've installed it facing down.
You then connect the lightstrip to a power supply, which has a decent cable length to it. In our case, we had a power socket fairly close by, which had been installed for a now removed wall-mounted television.
After powering on and then discovering the lightstrip in the Philips Hue app, we were free to configure a new room ('Kitchen' of course), add the lightstrip, and start having a play.
The light output is excellent, and gives good illumination above the cabinets and out into the room. The LEDs themselves are quite 'dazzling' to look at, so you'll want to install them in a manner that the act as a down or up lighter, so you never necessarily need look directly at the LEDs.
The lightstrip is full colour, and you can adjust the warmth of white light output as well as switch to any colour you want. In this regard the experience is largely fully customisable. About the only thing you can't do is have different colours at different parts of the strip. That's not really a criticism, as I'm not entirely sure if that's really necessary. Of course, you could easily install lots of smaller strips, but then you'd be adding a lot of lights and needing a lot of power connections!
This is a great way to enhance the lighting in any room, and we plan to install more of these to create a good level of illumination in the kitchen, and in some other rooms too. If you plan to install smart lighting, and are thinking of Philips Hue - I can strongly recommend these.