I am always amazed at the creative ideas the community comes up with. At the weekend, Hueblog reader Klaus from Munich impressed me with a really clean installation, which focuses on the Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrip and a trash can box.
The problem is very simple and should not only occur with a trash can box: the light should come from the front or the top, so that you won’t stand in the shadow yourself. In other words, in the same way as you would expect from a worktop in the kitchen.
Klaus chose the Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrip as the solution, because here he was able to expand an existing installation with three Philips Hue Calla, which use the same low-voltage system. Klaus explains his work like this:
The Lightstrip itself had to be mounted on the top of the (sheet steel) doors under the granite slab. To achieve a nice straight line and to cover the white base part of the LightStrip, I added a plastic cable channel (15 mm) in anthracite (matching the doors). I wanted to avoid drilling. From experience I know that the “Uhu double-sided adhesive tape extra strong”, suitable for indoor and outdoor use, sticks very well. So far it was the only mounting tape that really did the job.
The LightStrip fits very well into the 15 mm channel, where it clamps sufficiently tight. The 2 x 35 cm right and left are closed with a cable duct cover. There, the connecting cable runs to the controller mounted on the side. The application is certainly somewhat unusual. But it shows how well the LightStrip can be used, how the assembly can be done without these ridiculous clamps. I was surprised by the intensity of the light and the illumination of the whole garage entrance.
The easiest way to find a suitable cable duct in the colour of your choice is to go to your local DIY store.