Review: Philips’ Hue Outdoor Lightstrip With HomeKit Integration Lights Up Your Backyard

Earlier this year, Philips debuted a new range of outdoor Hue lighting products that are designed to bring the iPhone-controlled multi-colored lights that you’re used to using inside to the outside.

There are outdoor spotlights, wall lanterns, pathway lights, outdoor bulbs, and for accent lighting, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Lightstrip.


Measuring in at 80 inches, the $89 Outdoor Lightstrip is perfect for balconies, patios, backyards, and anywhere else you’d like to add gorgeous and functional accent lighting that’s also weatherproof.

Design

I’ve been using Hue products for years and I have a standard indoor Hue Lightstrip, and when I got the outdoor version, I assumed it’d be similar. It is, in the sense that it’s a long string of LEDs, but the similarities end there.

While the indoor Hue Lightstrip features LEDs that are uncovered, for weatherproofing reasons, the outdoor Hue Lightstrip’s LEDs are protected by an opaque silicone cover that diffuses the light and looks fantastic.


I’m a fan of my indoor Hue Lightstrips, but the way the outdoor version diffuses the light is superior, and I wish the indoor models looked like this. Because of the silicone-covered design, the Outdoor Lightstrip doesn’t need to be used as background accent lighting, it can be front and center on a pathway, along a railing, on a fence, or in other similar spots.


The Outdoor Lightstrips are available in 80 or 197 inch configurations. Unlike the indoor version, there is no adhesive involved here. Instead, the Outdoor Lightstrip is made from a flexible material that can be manipulated and shaped into the design that you need. It’s not going to fully bend, but it can be routed along a soft curve.


Hue’s Outdoor Lightstrip is fully weatherproof, so it’s going to hold up in rain, snow, and other harsh weather conditions. There are some limitations to be aware of if you live in an area with extreme temperatures, though, because it has an operational range of -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is a heavy duty setup with a large weatherproof power supply and an extra long two-piece cord, all of which is resistant to rain, dust, and other outdoor elements. I was tempted to use the Outdoor Lightstrip indoors because I loved the look of the diffuse light, but there is a lot of cord to deal with and no option to make it shorter.


The Outdoor Lightstrip measures in at .78 inches tall and .43 inches wide, so it’s slim enough to go just about anywhere. There is no adhesive involved because it likely wouldn’t stick outdoors. Instead, Philips supplies mounting brackets and screws that can be used to attach the Lightstrip to a fence, an overhang, or anywhere else.


I live in an apartment so my ability to permanently attach the Lightstrip to an outdoor area is limited, but I did install it on a set of shelves that I have to hold my plants, where it worked brilliantly. With the individual LEDs covered, the Outdoor Lightstrip looks like one continual light strand.

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