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How to Diffuse LED Light Strips?

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Light strips are a great way to bring a strong line of light along edges, and are perfect for kitchens, however with the way Hue light strips work, you usually find spots of lights from the LED’s themselves instead of a nice glow which is certainly what you want when running them along kitchen units.

To avoid the spotting effect you need to diffuse the light, and there are many options to do this.

LED Diffuser Tubes

There are many options on the market where you can buy a diffuser tube, a plastic or aluminium tube that is usually solid on one side, you then have a cover for this which is the diffuser, a slightly opac white section that allows light through while stopping the strong spots of light to shine through diffusing the light so you get a glow.

5 PACK Shallow Flush Mount/Recessed Mount Aluminum U Channel, 3.3ft Aluminum Extrusion Profile w/ Oyster White Cover for Flex/Hard LED Strip Light Accent Neon Effect Lighting-U06

    These all work well and you get fixture and fittings included with them, and for the money you also get quite a lot of trunking making it ideal for even the longest of runs.

    UK Light Strip Diffusers

    These are good diffuser options, however they are too slim for the width and thickness of the Hue Lightstrip.

    DIY LED Strip Diffuser Options

    While you can easily buy a light strip diffuser they are also quite easy to make and don’t require much other than something to diffuse the light.

    Using some diffusion fabric you can cover the light strip to remove the spots and help diffuse the light.

    Another way is to make your own diffusion LED profile using some cable trunking to attach the light strip too, and then cover it with some fabric to diffuse the light.

    If you have a LED Light strip then the quickest and easiest way is to buy a differuser profile, they are not too expensive and come in large packs so you have plenty for the future, they are also the best looking solution and can be easily fixed in place.

    Best diffused Light strip

    If you are looking for a Philips Hue light strip, the outdoor light strip is better diffused than the indoor version, the LED’s are closer together making the overall light effect better. If you can make it work depending on your indoor use, the outdoor strip is better, however it cannot be cut and is a bit more bulkier as it is designed for outdoor use and is therefore weather proof.

    Using the indoor light strip you can use some of the methods mentioned above to help diffuse the light.


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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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    6 Comments

    1. Earthdog

      None of the above diffuser mounts work with the current version Hue Light Strip. I have now ordered all 3 and none fit. They are too narrow by 1/16 of an inch. Perhaps they have changed them since they were reviewed.

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      • Hue Home Lighting

        That is odd, we have updated the article based on your feedback, we shall try and source some wider versions and update soon.

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    2. Mitchell

      I have tried using a diffuser channel but there is still spotting with the hue lights. Are there more strategies to diffuse the light even further?

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      • Shuffler

        You will find it hard to get smooth lighting with the LEDs so far apart. You can only hope to make it less apparent. I personally went with different lights with diffusers to make smooth lightning for under and over my cabinets. Good luck!

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