Philips Hue Lightstrip Extension, Splitter & Connectors
Hue Light strips are a great way to run light under furniture, along corridors or the tops of kitchen units, however while this is great and there are many possibilities there are a few frustrating downsides to the lightships Philips make.
The plus side is that they can be cut to length, the downside is that the cut part cannot be official reused again, and becomes waste. I say officially as Philips don’t have a way to re-use the cut part, however there are many articles on how to re-attach the used bit again, and there are also now third party accessories that you can buy that will allow this too.
A single Hue light strip is 2m in length, comes with a plug and power block, this 2m strip can then be extended up to 10m in total length using extension light strips.
Hue lightstrip on the left, and the extension pack on the right.
Hue Lightstrip Connectors
Litcessory have created a few different parts that allow you to do a bit more with the light strips. It is first off important to note that to use these parts you also need the Direct-to-Controller Adapter for Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, this comes in black or white and allows you to use the other options Litcessory offer.
With this added you can now easily…
- Add an extension lead
- Add a splitter
- Add an ethernet extension lead
Philips Hue Lightstrip Splitter
An easy way to add extra light strips and ideal for using this where you wish to have two runs of light strips. For instance if you wanted lights above and below kitchen units or a sideboard, then you can split it, and have one run going along the top, and the other run going along the bottom.
The male ends of the splitter are removable, converting them to female where needed giving you the most flexibility.
Extension Cable for Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
With the hue light system it is designed to have one continues light strip, from start to end it is all light, however there maybe a need to have a section where no light is needed, however you want to keep the strip going. For example, you are running it around your kitchen and then you need to go past your extractor or sink, at this point you may not want the light to be on, so this is where an extension part is ideal.
A section that can be attached in-between the light strips allowing you to keep the run going without the need to a continuous run of light.
RJ45 Ethernet Cable Adapter for Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
If you require an extension run to where you need your light strip to be, then using an ethernet cable is a cheaper, easier and also smaller way to do this. By using an ethernet cable it is a smaller cable making it easier to position and run where needed, you can also have it at any length you wish making it also cheaper as ethernet cables can be picked up for very little cost no matter the length needed.
Connecting to the controller this allows you to easily extend the length of the cable by just using a network wire, there are no limits to the length and is easy to do, these fittings also make it easier to reuse as you can easily just drop in longer cable if needed if you move the set up or re-use these parts again.
90 Degree Bends
The best thing to do is to just bend it carefully over itself to get the angle you require. Instead of fixing the corner down fix the two points it comes away from the bend, leaving the corner free.
By doing this is saves the need for a connector which isn’t really needed as the light strip itself is flexible enough to bend to the degree required.
The Hue Light strip extension lead comes with a small connecter that makes it easier to bend around corners, this would connect in-between the light strip at the connector points. The downside with this, is that you cannot use it on cut light strips, so the connect will have to be used where ever your join is between the light strips.
Read our guide – How To Deal with Corners using Philips Hue Light strips
How to Re-use Hue Light strip Offcuts
If you do cut your hue light strip then first off make sure to cut this in the cutting zones, these off cut sections then become rubbish as they will now not work… unless you solder on some connectors which you can see done here.
To do this you just need a soldering iron, some solder and the pin connectors which you will attach to the off cuts.
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