Questions & Answers for Philips Friends of Hue LightStrips
28 Questions from the Community
My question exactly.....Can they be hardwired?
If this is to be used as undercabinet lighting in a kitchen remodel/build can these be hardwired into the electrical? If not, can you shorten the power cord part (that has no lights on it) since it is so long?
- Asked by Frank G from Danville
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These will indeed need a standard power outlet.
The power cable is a fixed length as well. However, the light strip itself can be cut to length and the power supply can be mounted under a cabinet....so its certainly possible to hide fairly well. You could also have an outlet added underneath the cabinets so no wire shows at all.
- Answered by Andrew R from St. Louis
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Are these lights dimmable? Or is the brightness fixed?
- Asked by Susan M from Fort Mill
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Yes, just like the Hue bulbs, you can dim the LightStrip.
- Answered by Doug M from Jonestown
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Yes, it does require Hue Bridge. As stated under the Highlights section of the product page: "Requires a Philips Hue bridge, which is available from the Apple Online Store as part of the Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack."
- Answered by Richard R from Richmond Hill
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40 watt=450 lumens, is 120 Lumens the maximum brightness?
Is there a setting that would be suitable for use in a vanity, to put on make-up for example, i.e. a setting consistent with natural sunlight, using the starter bulbs and or this strip? it's my understanding that white sunlight settings would be about 6000 lumens, am I missing something?
- Asked by Monte H from Richmond
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I believe you are confusing lumens with degrees kelvin (aka color temperature) The reason I say that is because your number of 6000 is the temperature that sunlight is generally considered. *Approximately 6000K" and that can vary. A tactical flashlight for self defense puts out enough light to temporarily blind someone and those put about 200 LUMENs of light. I hope that helps.
- Answered by Dan C from Prospect
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The total length is 5.6 meters (18.37 ft) , from power supply to LED strip is about 3.6 meters (11.81ft) ; LED strip is 2m long (6.56ft).
- Answered by Hairo G V from Miami
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Does this plug into a regular power socket?
- Asked by Soumik S from Toronto
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Yes. The Strips include a fairly long cord (about 9-10 feet long) which terminates in an AC adapter that plugs into a normal power socket. These do not require hardwiring into an electric source.
- Answered by Mathew S from Columbia
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Does this strip runs on independent battery or do you need to connect it to a regular plug?
And if it's connected to a plug, than why did I saw on multiple source that you can cut it down to the size you want? Does that mean you effectively lose the other part that's no longer connected to power?
- Asked by Esaie D from Montreal
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I just purchased this strip and I am loving it so far. It does not run on an independent battery and needs to connect to an ac adapter / wall outlet.
Yes you can cut it down to the size you want...it is marked/scored every few inches to show where you can safely cut it. The downside to this is that you lose whatever you've cut and there doesn't seem to be any way to re-use or re-connect that portion. :(
Another thing I've noticed is that these strips aren't able to produce the warm/cool natural lighting temperatures found in some of the presets like 'relax, energize, etc'. So the LightStrips won't show up as another bulb to drag around in the orange/blue gradient.
Hope this helps!
- Answered by Alexander L from Los Angeles
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