One question has reached me several times in the past two weeks and today I finally have the chance to go into the details: Is the new LightStrip Plus compatible with the old model? I can make it short and sweet at this point: Unfortunately not.
This fact is interesting in some situations, for example if you want to extend a LightStrip with an extension. Or if you want to connect a cut-off piece of an old LightStrip to a base-unit of the new LightStrip.
The big problem: On the new LightStrip Plus, the six connecting pins are much closer together than they were in the predecessor. You can see this very well on the following picture:
If you are thinking about extending an existing LightStrip Plus in the near future, it is best to make sure you get the “old” extensions now. The easiest way to identify them is to look for the Bluetooth symbol in the upper right corner of the package. Currently the extensions are still easily available at Amazon.
Why Signify decided to make this small change with all its effects, I can’t tell you at this time. Maybe it has something to do with the new connector, which allows you to reassemble cut off parts of the light strip.