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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive technology but not completely wireless, 19 April 2014
This review is from: Philips Friends of hue Personal Wireless Lighting Lightstrips Starter Kit (2 x LED Lightstrip Mood Lights, 1 Bridge) (Kitchen & Home)
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This is a high end gadget that technology enthusiasts will enjoy.

However, the claim that it it 'wireless' is just wrong. The strips have a plug attached to the end of them via a long white cable. This is NOT shown on the official product images. It should be. The wireless part is the control via mobile phone feature. The lightstrips still have to be plugged in to a power source!

You can't just stick the strips anywhere, you must ensure a plug socket is nearby and of course, find somewhere to hide the power cable (it's white rubber and about 10ft long, maybe more) or it's going to be a trip hazard and also look ugly (which is ironic considering this item is all about looking cool).

I tried to download the app (for an android device) and only found one app that seemed unofficial. There does not seem to be an official app made by Philips...or if there is I could not find it. This one had a mans name as the creator. I downloaded it.

I attached the 'bridge' (whatever the plastic widget is called) to my router using the supplied ethernet cable and power adaptor.

It worked. Fairly easy to do. I am able to control the colour and brightness using my mobile phone. However, the 16 million colour claim seems a little exaggerated. Technically, a scientist might well prove that 16 million colours exists but you only notice a fraction. I'm not disputing the claim, just the human eyes ability to process it. Anyway, the range of colour is impressive nevertheless.

This product is perfect for a swanky wine bar, a trendy young bachelor pad, or someone having guests over. In theory it could be used as a safety light for deterring burglars, or to light up a stairway at night.

Novelty value: 10/10
Usefulness: 6/10

Had the strips been wireless (as in the Philips official images) I'd have given this a better rating.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2014 10:53:33 BDT
Justin says:
Seriously? You expected them to light up with no power source? Most wireless devices need a mains power source (router, laptop etc.) Until wireless electricity is here, or if you want to change a million batteries, you ask for the impossible!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2014 14:11:10 BDT
I guess "wireless" is often used by manufactuers to mean radio communications rather than "wire-less"
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