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Philips Friends of Hue LightStripsThese novelty LEDs might charm you if you've already bought into Philips' family of connected lighting products.
Hi. I'm Rich Brown for CNET. Today, we're gonna talk about Philips Friends of Hue Lightstrip. So Lightstrip is a 6-foot set of adhesive-backed LED lights. It's designed to work with Philips Hue connected bulb-lighting kit and the idea is that this works as an accent light. Its adhesive backs so you can connect it underneath or on top of pretty much any surface and then you can control it with your smartphone. You can use it in conjunction with Philips Hue Lights or you can use it as a stand-alone accent light. Notice from the obvious, this is a novelty product. There's definitely not a very useful light to have just day to day around the house. We can't see kind of putting it underneath the cabinet, in the kitchen or somewhere that you might wanna a utility light. But mostly, the LightStrip is designed to be used in conjunction with Philip Hue Bulbs as part of a decorative light scheme at home. So if you look closely each little cluster on here, you'll see it's made of three tiny LEDs, there's a blue, red and green one and you can change this output up to 16 million different colors via your mobile app and that sounds like a very broad range but what it does not include is sort of that color temperatures that we're familiar with standard incandescent light bulbs at home. Now what's also interesting about this product is that you can actually customize the link of the strips. There's little indicators here that let you snip it every 4 inches. Of course, when you cut off it no longer works so you have to keep that in mind. Now you could see we haven't connected the strip to anything. It's kind of free-floating and the colors on this side got a little bit messed up during the review process but I didn't cut off a strip just to see how well the strips adhered to a surface and you can see there's a 4-inch strip here and it's really pretty solidly connected to this piece of wood. And I like the Philips Hue Bulbs, there are quite a few ways you can program these lights through your smartphone app. The app lets you change the color like I mentioned but you can also set it to work on timer. You can have the lights go off on an alarm or in response to your GPS location. It also supports IF, which is the IF, this, then that standard that lets you tie the behavior of these lights to certain online services. Thanks to the open software that you can fill in. You can also find other apps available to download to perform different functions. Second, make the lights changed in response to the stock market. They can change in time to music and all some other things that are kind of handy, kid of novel. One thing [unk] that folks have maybe extended some functionality [unk] software. The fact that you can't get these to chase for example or perform other sort of sequencing functions. It's a little bit lame considering these are such a novel product. The thing cost $90 it might be nice to have a little bit of advanced functionality for these. Overall though the novelty factor is very high here, even the higher than with a hue bulbs themselves. But if you do already on the hue bulbs and it just gives you sort of a nice way to extend up product family and give you some other lights to play with. So I'm Rich Brown, this is the Philips Hue LightStrips.