There is one question I have been asked repeatedly in the last four weeks since the launch of the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip: What is the minimum distance between the TV and the wall to make the lighting effect stand out?
Today, before I draw a comprehensive conclusion on the Gradient Lightstrip this weekend, I would like to answer this specific question. I have created a small test setup for this purpose, and I also have to give you some information: My television is very rounded at the back, so that there are already about six centimetres between the upper edge of the television and the actual position of the light strip. You can see this very well on the following picture.
Moreover, without taking a greater risk and setting up the television without stands, it was impossible for me to reduce the distance between the light strips and the wall to less than 5 centimetres. But this is not necessary at all, because as you can see on the pictures below, the colour effect on the wall is already very limited at this distance.
If you increase the distance to the wall, the light effect on the wall will be much bigger. 10-15 centimetres should be enough, even with 20 to centimetres it might be even better. And even at a distance of 35 centimetres from the wall, the brightness of the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip is still sufficient to cast rich colours onto the wall.
Distance to the wall: 5 centimetres
Distance to the wall: 15 centimetres
Distance to the wall: 25 centimetres
Distance to the wall: 35 centimetres