Philips' Smartphone-Controlled Lightstrips Now Do Natural White Light

At some point in their life everyone has to grow up, and the same goes for Philips’ flexible Hue Lightstrips. Once the perfect way to subtly turn your living room into a colorful rave, the LED strips can now be tuned to generate more natural white light for reading the paper, or just relaxing with some knitting.

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But that doesn’t mean the party’s completely over. The new Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, which comes with an adhesive backing so it can be easily installed out-of-sight as accent lightning (under your couch, above a kitchen counter, or below a cabinet), can still be tuned to produce almost any color you can imagine. And at 1,600 lumens they’re now brighter than the original version—perfect for anyone whose living room doubles as a nightclub on the weekends.

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Available starting in October, a six-and-a-half-feet long version, which includes a power adapter, will sell for $90. But you’ll also need the Philips Hue base station connected to your home’s wifi network to make it work with the Hue smartphone app. And if that’s not long enough for your needs, there will also be $30 three-foot extensions available that can be easily clipped onto the end of the longer version without gobbling up additional outlets.

[Philips Hue]

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I have a 7 foot multi-color LED strip with a remote control that I got from Costco for $25. I installed a remote control app on my phone and I can do the same. Hue is horribly overpriced.