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Philips Hue’s New Lightstrips Might Show All the Colors of the Rainbow—Simultaneously

A Philips Hue Play Gradient lightstrip showing many colors.

Philips Hue comprises some of the most beautiful smart lights on the market, including the company’s lightstrips. But those LED lightstrips do have one downside—they only show one color at a time. It looks like a new product is on the way that will change all of that.

According to Hue Blog, the new lightstrips will be called Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip Ambiance, and the name should give a clue on how they work. That’s because Philips has another similar product called the Play Gradiant Lightstrip.

The Play Gradiant attaches to the back of your TV at several mounting points and then connects to the Philips Hue Bridge and Sync box to scan the signal of whatever show or movie you’re watching. It uses that signal to change the Gradient strip in sequence to “extend” the image of your TV beyond the screen. As such, it can display many colors across the strip simultaneously.

The new Gradient Lightstrip Ambiance takes that same color capability and extends it to other uses in your home. Instead of using mounting blocks, the new strip will come with double-sided adhesive tape along the length of the strip. And they have an additional trick not found on the tv lights—extension options. With Play Gradient, the length you choose (based on TV sizes) is set in stone. But the new Gradient Lightstrip Ambience may come with extension options so that you can make them longer.

But Signify (the parent company of Philips Hue) hasn’t announced the product yet. Anything might change between now and then.

via Hue Blog

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