Hueblog: More details about the Gradient Lightstrip: LED distance and cable length

More details about the Gradient Lightstrip: LED distance and cable length

Available in stores from the beginning of October

You have already learned a lot about the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip in the past two weeks and what can I tell you: there is still so much to discover with this new product. Today, I’d like to take a look with you at the distance between the LEDs.

This is exactly one of the shortcomings of the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, where the individual LEDs are almost six centimetres apart. This means that if the distance to the wall is too small, individual light points will be visible – and that’s exactly what the Play Gradient Lightstrip does not need.


This is exactly why the individual LEDs are much closer together in the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip. They are only about 2 centimetres apart. This means that there are almost three times as many LEDs per metre as in the normal Lightstrip.

To further improve the look, the Play Gradient Lightstrip has a double diffuser, as you can see in the picture above. This diffuses the light even better so that the illumination of the wall behind the TV appears as homogeneous as possible.

This is how long the cables of the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip

In the past days I was also asked about the exact cable length of the light strip. First of all, from the beginning of the Lightstrip a cable of about 15 centimetres leads to the controller, which in turn is 5 centimetres long and has a connection for the power cable on the opposite side. This is 150 centimetres long and leads to a fairly thick power supply unit which is plugged directly into the socket.

If the cable is too long for you, this is not a big problem. You can also use the 5 metre long Hue Play extension cable to extend the cable length to 6.5 metres.


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 2 replies

  1. Hello! Thanx for the VERY useful info! Would you know how different is the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip to a 65inch ambilight TV (say 65OLED805) in terms of color zones? How many color zones has the TV as opposed to the 2+3+2 zones of the lightstrip?

    1. In theory, Ambilight can display more than seven colours, but in practice this happens very rarely. It would probably be far too much bling bling anyway.

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