In my search for new ZigBee products that can be connected with the Philips Hue Bridge, I came across a Giderwel light strip a few days ago. The LightStrip, which is just under two meters long, costs just 28.99 euros – only about half of what you paid for the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus in good times.
There is also another interesting difference, which becomes clear even before the purchase: The Giderwel LightStrip does not have a power supply, instead the power is supplied via USB. This of course gives us completely new possibilities, for example you could easily stick the light strip behind the TV and simply plug it into a USB port there. There are no limits to your creativity.
What you notice when unpacking the Giderwel LightStrip: The design is very simple. The LightStrip is virtually naked and does not have a plastic coating. As long as you don’t attach it visibly and hide it anyway, it shouldn’t bother you.
The light strip from Giderwel is flexible
The light strip can be separated every 3.3 centimetres, so it is much better adaptable if you can’t use the entire length. The manufacturer even offers corner connectors as a practical accessory, practical for mounting behind a TV set or cabinet. In addition, the individual LEDs are only 3.3 centimeters apart, which means they are much closer together than in the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus. This ensures a more homogeneous illumination.
By the way, the LEDs are a good keyword. There are three on each element: Coloured, cold white and warm white. This means that the Giderwel light strip can also display the colours that the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus displays – and it does it amazingly well. There were minor weaknesses only in very bright white light, where the light strip tends to flicker a little. But I couldn’t notice anything like that with coloured settings.
Unfortunately there is no number about how bright the Giderwel LightStrip shines. I did not find a lumen indication neither on Amazon nor on the manufacturer website. What I found in direct comparison to the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus: With white light settings, the Giderwel LightStrip shines not that bright, but with colours the difference is much smaller.
This lets me draw the following conclusion: Those who don’t need a premium product and can live with the usual third-party restrictions such as not using HomeKit and Hue Entertainment, will get an interesting product with the Giderwel LightStrip, which can be placed flexibly thanks to the many cut marks and the USB power connection.
Giderwel LightStrip ZigBee USB
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