One thing we want so much for the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus: That it can display more than one color at a time. Unfortunately, Signify has not fulfilled this wish with the new generation of the LightStrip – but at least we can now reconnect cut-off parts with the LightStrip Plus.
Certainly the architecture of the ZigBee system has something to do with this – and here other manufacturers who rely on control via WLAN are simply much more flexible. An interesting product has now been announced by Cololight: The Cololight Strip. Already known for several months, there is now new information: Already in August the light strip should be available in the shops.
30 LEDs per meter can shine in their own color
Exact details about price and availability are not yet known, but we can give you some technical details.
The biggest highlight of the light strip, which can be extended up to five meters, are the individually controllable LEDs. 30 pieces are installed per meter and they can all shine with their own color. The control over the different scenes and animations of the Cololight Strip is done with the manufacturer's own app.
If you are thinking about using the Cololight Strip together with your Hue system: At least that's possible via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. So you can create routines and automations to switch on or off devices from Philips Hue, Cololight and other manufacturers at the same time.
According to a technical data sheet, the Cololight Strip should even be waterproof. But it remains to be seen to what extent it can be used outdoors – I currently assume that only the light strip itself is protected from water, but not the controller and power supply.
I will definitely take a closer look at the Cololight Strip as soon as I get my hands on a test device. If you already have special questions that you want me to look out for during the test, you can write them as a comment under this article.
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