A fortnight ago, the new Philips Hue Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip came onto the market and caused a lot of excitement, but also a lot of questions. One question in particular has reached me frequently: How does the new lightstrip differ from the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip, which has been available for a year now?
With the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, our favourite manufacturer launched an exciting new product two years ago, which was supplemented last autumn by the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip. The perfect combination to be able to offer something like Ambilight on any TV with external sources. There is only one problem with the whole thing: the “Hue Ambilight” is only three-sided.
Along with the Wall Switch Module, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip is one of the most exciting new products in the Hue world to make it to market in recent years. Already in the coming weeks, the light strip will receive new, exciting features. So far, in order to make the seven zones of the light strip glow in different colors, the use of the Hue Sync Box or at least a sync software is necessary.
Today we want to take care of a small problem that probably only affects a few Hue users. For those, however, it is all the more annoying. It becomes problematic if you have two Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrips in use. Let’s imagine the following scenario: In the living room, one Gradient Light Strip is used together with the HDMI Sync Box on the TV.
By now, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip has been on the market for about two months and, in principle, you should already be well informed about the light strip. Hopefully soon there will be even more possibilities, after all, Philips Hue is looking for a way to make the Gradient Lightstrip shine in multiple colors via the Hue app.
With the launch of the new Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, the manufacturer has already announced its intention to enable colour control of the seven zones of the lightstrip via the Hue app with a future software update. Until the Gradient Lightstrip works without the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, a little patience is still needed.
Since I first came into contact with an Ambilight TV in 2010, I wouldn’t want to be without the technology. Unfortunately, true Ambilight is only available on Philips TVs – but with the Gradient Lightstrip, Philips Hue now has its own retrofit solution in its portfolio. In this review I would like to tell you about my experiences with the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip.
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.
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.
Still not sure how the new Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip is mounted on the back of the TV? You need some impressions of how the light strip fits exactly on the three sides of the TV before you make your purchase decision? Then I have the right video for you today.