Hueblog: What a mess: New LightStrips not compatible with the old model

What a mess: New LightStrips not compatible with the old model

Pins have become significantly more compact

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.

In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 5 replies

  1. Yes. Just wasted $49 on an incompatible extension. Box and details look very much the same. Now it is in the bin. Poor show Hue.

    1. Was it not possible to return it to the merchant? The only difference is the bluetooth icon in the top right corner on the front of the box.

  2. Had the same problem this weekend, bought an extension at a shop rather than ordering it again online. I got home and realised there is no way to connect a plus extension to the new Lightstrip I had purchased. Now need to go back and order it online. Very annoying, it’s as bad as when Apple bring out a new charger

  3. Hey i have a question is it no possible to buy a adapter ore something like that bcs i have the same problem and now i have like 6 meters led that don’t fit

  4. Just connect the old to the new with copper wire and cover with electrical tape. Then connect all the new ones to eachother.

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