Sometimes I hear stories about Philips Hue where you can only touch your head. Currently at the top of the hit list is the Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrip, one of the most popular outdoor products.
Launched almost two years ago, the Outdoor LightStrip has been available in two different versions since then: for 89.95 euros you could get two meters of light strip, for 159.95 euros even five meters. A great product that could be used in many ways.
In the last few weeks, however, more and more e-mails with a very specific topic have landed in my mailbox. Matthias, for example, writes to me: “I’ve been trying for weeks to find a 5 meter Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrip for my balcony. But I can’t find it anywhere because they are sold out everywhere. Has Philips Hue taken them off the market?”
Only slightly revised new generation is significantly more expensive
It’s a question that’s not so easy to answer. Philips Hue has actually taken the previously known version of the Outdoor LightStrip out of its program. Since mid-June, the two light strips have been sold under a new part number – now with an additional Bluetooth connection that is not aggressively advertised.
But there is actually one more change – which is anything but great. The recommended retail price has been increased. Philips Hue now charges 20 euros more for the two-meter-long light strip, and even 30 euros more for the 5-meter-long Outdoor LightStrip. 189.99 euros – that is definitely an announcement and cannot be compensated in the retail trade even by the reduction in VAT (in Germany).
But that’s by no means all: Due to the changeover between the “old” and the “new” model, availability in the trade can indeed be described as very poor. Many retailers report delivery times of more than a month, and on platforms such as Amazon.de the Outdoor LightStrip from Philips Hue cannot be ordered at all at the moment.
Alternatives are now offered by two third-party manufacturers. The Outdoor LightStrip from Müller-Licht Tint could not convince me because of its poor colour rendering, the Outdoor LightStrip from Innr is doing a good job. Available in two and four meter lengths, it is indeed a good and cheap alternative to the original.