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Differences between Philips Hue Lightstrip & Hue Plus


The Philips Hue series of light strips offers a more flexible source of light compared to the traditional bulbs. They are also smart and come with a number of impressive features.

The two types of light strips in the series are Philip Hue light strip and Philips Hue Plus light strip. It is relatively easy to tell the two strips apart but it’s hard to select one based on your user lighting needs.

Differences between Philips Hue Lightstrip & Hue Plus

Philips Hue Lightstrip Vs Plus

With Philips Hue Lightstrip vs. Plus laid side by side, here are the differences:

1: Plug orientation.

The first difference you will notice when you unpack Philips Hue Lightstrip and the Hue Plus is the difference in design of plugs the socket plugs. In the Hue light strip, the plug takes the normal orientation with its earthing blade directly opposite to the feeding wires. This arrangement requires a big space. On the other hand, the new Hue Plus light strip’s socket has its earthing blade on the same side with the feeding wires and close to the end where the wires enter the socket. This arrangement makes the socket occupy less space when plugged into the wall socket.

Still, on the socket, another distinction lies on its portability. The socket of the old Philips Hue light strip is fixed on the feeding wire while that of Hue Plus Lightstrip is detachable allowing the user to easily replace it in case of malfunction.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

2: Layout of LEDs

In the old Philips Hue light strips, each LED is tasked with producing all the different colors needed. This gives it a poor white balance and distorted color clarity. Philip Hue Plus has three LEDs per color which creates a better white balance while dissipating the equal amount of color and uniformity.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

3: Level and controllability of light

The Philips Hue light strip has poor controllability and isn’t as bright as the new Hue Plus. The strip shoots to almost full brightness when it is barely switched on. The adjustments bring no difference in brightness until it reaches halfway when the light strip starts showing an increase in brightness. On the other hand, the Hue Plus light strip begins dimly when it is switched on and shows progression in increasing brightness all along until it reaches the maximum at the end of the brightness adjustment. Philips Hue Plus is much brighter compared to the Hue Light and also easier and better to control.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

4: The length of the strips

The old Philip Hue Light is a mere 2 meters long. It was a great substitute of the ceiling bulbs but it couldn’t cater for large rooms. The new Hue Plus strips can be conjoined and extended up to 33 feet/10 meters. Both are the same length however the plus allows you to add on more stripe lights to make it even longer.

The plus is extendable making it ideal for use in kitchens, under units or along the tops of wall cupboards, the ability to extend the length of the strip gives you more freedom to make better lighting effects on a bigger scale.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

Philips Hue Lightstrip vs. Plus

6: Brightness

The old Philips Hue light strips are less bright. They have white light dissipation of 120 lumens. The new Philips Hue Plus is brighter and its light can outshine some of the brightest sources of lighting in a room. Its white light dissipation rating is rated at between 2,000K and 6,500K.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

7: Cost

The new Hue Plus light strips are an improved version of the first generation Philips Hue Lights trip. This means enhanced functionality and higher cost. The price tag on Hue Plus Lightstrips is a little higher compared to that of the old Philips Hue Lightstrips, however  the better functions make it worth while.

Cheapest: Philips Hue Lightstrip

8: Wake-Up and Wellbeing cues

Philips Hue Plus light strip has two innovative features that set it apart from the regular Hue Lightstrip like a thorn and a lily. Apparently, when you plan to sleep at a particular time, say 11:00 pm and wake up at 5:00 pm, you can instruct the strip to turn off and on during the respective set times.

The second is the wellbeing feature which makes the light from the Hue Plus light strip appear much like the natural light emerging from the window. This helps in protecting you from the dazzling effect you get when you wake up to bright regular lights.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

9: The lifespan

The new Philips Hue Plus outlives the regular Hue Lightstrip by approximately 8,000 hours. While the old Hue light strip has a lifespan of 12,000 hours, the new Hue Plus strips last an incredible 20,000 hours.

Winner: Lightstrip Plus

10: Energy Use

The regular Philips Hue light strip consumes less energy because it is rated at 12 W. The new Hue Plus with additional functionalities, sadly, is inefficient and is rated at 20.5 W. With more features comes to a higher electricity bill to pay.

Winner: Philips Hue Lightstrip

11: Voltage

The Philips Hue Lightstrip has a voltage of 24V while the regular Hue light strip has half the voltage, 12V.

Winner: Philips Hue Lightstrip

Which to Buy?

Well the Philips Hue Lightstrip is to be discontinued and now replaced by the plus, so the Philips Hue Lightstrip can only be purchased while stock lasts.

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    When it comes down to is the new Hue Plus lights strips are a little more expensive, however the new version are better and make up for it with a better specification and better features than its previous model.

    Read our Philips Hue Light strip Review here.

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    Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY


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