Review: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip to Liven Up Your Home

Having had to #WorkFromHome for the past year, I decided to liven up the garden with a Philips Hue Lightstrip (Outdoor). It was a fun little project that was quick and easy to set up.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip is a flexible, weatherproof LED strip that can be bent and shaped to produce your own lighting designs and mood in your garden or patio.

You can also use it indoors although there is a cheaper version (Lightstrip Plus) for indoor usage that’s not weatherproof..

With its diffused glow, the lightstrip can be used for direct or indirect lighting, and is able to display 16 million colour and 50 shades of gray all shades of white to create your personalised desired effect.

In the box is the lightstrip itself, the weatherproof power supply for plugging into the mains outdoors, as well as clips and screws to fasten the lightstrip onto the ground or wall based on the design you want to shape it to.

The lightstrip itself is quite flexible so if you’re just laying the lightstrip on the ground, I found that I could shape it without using any clips.

The lightstrip comes in 2m (S$209) and 5m (S$339) versions and is part of the Philips Hue line of intelligent lighting products for the home.

 

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Note that, in order to maximise the use of the lightstrip, you’ll need to have a Philips Hue Bridge (S$89), which is sold separately.

This is the brains that the lightstrip is connected to that enables the lightstrip to have all its intelligent functionalities eg. wireless dimming, colour setting, changing colours, scene settings, timed on-off etc.

If you’re happy with just switching on/off and dimming the lightstrip, you can use the lightstrip with a Philips Hue dimmer indoor switch.

Each Hue Bridge can control up to 50 lights and 12 accessories, so you only need to buy it when setting up your first Philips Hue device.

If you have more than that, you can set up additional Hue Bridges.

After that, you can just add new Hue lights or accessories to the existing Hue Bridge.

So how does one tell the Hue Bridge what the Hue Lightstrip should do?

You do it using the Philips Hue App which is available on both iOS and Android devices.

The Hue App provides an intuitive interface that enables you to design and specify how you want to use your smart lights – not just the Hue Lightstrip, but also any Hue lights or accessories connected to the Hue Bridge in the household.

And the App can be used to control more than one Hue Bridge.

The app was recently revamped in June to offer faster performance and a sleeker look and feel.

Using the Hue Lightstrip with the Philips Hue App

Through the Hue App, you can see if the lightstrip is on or off, you can switch it on or off, adjust the dimness with a slider, and pick a colour (out of 16 million colours) for the lightstrip.

And I can use the app to control the lights even when I’m not at home if I enable it to accept “Out of home control” via the Internet.

The Hue App is intuitive and easy to use.

I found the response of the lightstrip to changes in the app immediate.

There are many pre-canned scenes in the “Hue scene gallery” for you to choose curated colours to fit any mood eg. Seasons (Midsummer sun, Autumn gold etc), Sunlight (Spring blossom, Lake mist etc), Cozy (Blue Lagoon, Palm Beach etc), Party Vibes (Honolulu, Osaka etc), Serenity (Arctic aurora, Starlight etc).

Having selected the right mood colour from these scenes, you can customise the hue and the dimness to taste and save the setting.

Each Hue light in the Hue App can have many scene settings that you can activate at a touch.

My Take:

The Philips Hue Lightstrip (Outdoors) is great for adding a beautiful ambience to your garden, patio or balcony.

Customisable in terms of colour and brightness, and programmable in terms of lighting effects and on/off schedules, the smart lightstrip is a fun and easy-to-set-up-and-use addition to my outdoor space.

Now I can enjoy the ambience with a beer in hand at the end of the day, or enjoy a more cheerful atmosphere if I have to put in some overtime work.

I have one for an outdoor BBQ, a brighter one for work, and a relaxing one for that evening wine in the garden.

What I really like is the ability to set the lightstrip to automatically change colours over time.

Using the Hue Labs Controls in the Automations tab of the Hue App, I can select a colour palette, set the transition timing from 15 seconds to 15 minutes, as well as the dimness.

So even when I’m not in the garden, I can let the lightstrip change colours – according to the curated colours in the selected palette – over time, instead of having only one colour light up the garden.

The Automations tab also allows me to programme the lights based on time or situation.

For instance, I could set it to turn on when I’m near home, turn off when I leave home, set a timer, or set it to automatically turn on/off at regular or randomised timings.

Also the Lightstrip is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant so you can actually control the Lightstrip remotely by voice without even reaching for the phone to use the Hue App.

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6 Responses to “Review: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip to Liven Up Your Home”

  1. Eric Jones says:

    How does it know you’ve left or returned to the house?

  2. Branson Lim says:

    How weatherproof is it? what’s its rating

    • tech4tea says:

      It is rated at IP67. It is 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water. So even if the garden is flooded, it should still be ok.

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