In September 2020, Philips Hue launched the first “Gradient” product on the market. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, which was released in 2019, was followed by the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip – a light strip for mounting behind the TV to create an Ambilight-like effect in combination with the Sync Box.
Several other gradient lights are now available. In this article, I would like to give you an overview of the current possibilities. If further gradient-capable Philips Hue lights are released at a later date, these will of course be added.
How the gradient effect works with Philips Hue
With Philips Hue, the LED strands are divided into 12.5 centimetre long sections, each of which can display a different colour. A two metre long Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip therefore has 16 individual sections.
However, only three colours can be freely defined in the Hue app: The beginning, middle and end of the light strip. The sections in between are automatically used to create a colour gradient.
Technically, it would even be possible to control each LED individually, but Philips Hue has actively decided against this. In my opinion, the result proves the manufacturer right: with Philips Hue, it is extremely difficult to set a colour sale that doesn't look pretty. With other manufacturers, some of which offer many more options, it is extremely difficult to create a colour sale that actually looks nice.
These are all the current gradient products from Philips Hue
Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip TV: Available in three different lengths for TVs with a diagonal of 55, 65 or 75 inches. Supplied with matching adhesive mounts and also works without the HDMI Sync Box.
Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip TV
from $249.99 / £169.99 / 199,99€
Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip PC: A customised version of the light strip for smaller monitors. Can also be used with three screens next to each other.
Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip PC
from $169.99 / £129.99 / €149,99
Philips Hue Gradient Signe: The Signe offers a special iconic design and is available as a small table lamp or larger floor lamp. Black and white are available as colours, and there is also a special edition with a wooden-look base.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe
from $219.99 / £129.99 / €149,99
Philips Hue Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip: A “simple” light strip for sticking to smooth surfaces. Can be changed from a base length of two metres to up to ten metres.
Philips Hue Festavia: Although it may not look like it at first glance, the Philips Hue Festavia string lights are also gradient products. Here, too, there are now three different sizes to choose from.
Philips Hue Festavia String Lights
from $219.99 / €119.99 / £109.99
Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Tube: The colour gradient here comes in the form of a tube, which can be used in a multifunctional way. Not only under the TV as an extension for the Sync Box, but also in the bedroom, for example. Available in two colours and two lengths.
Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Tube
$219.99 / £189.99 / €219,99
Philips Hue Perifo Gradient Light Tube: A basically identical version of the Play Gradient Tube is also available for the Perifo track system.
Philips Hue Perifo track system
from $289.97 / £244.97 / €289,97
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