Philips hue light strips are a great way to add color to your space. They’re easy to install, and you can customize them to match your décor.
The Philips hue light strips are an energy-efficient LED lighting solution. You can cut the light strips to fit any space, and they’re easy to install with the adhesive backing included in each package.
You can use them to highlight a particular area or string them together for accent lighting throughout your home. The Hue light strips are available in one long strip. Most of the time, you can not cut the strips, and if you do, you can not use the part that you cut off.
However, in this post, I’ll show you an easy way to cut and extend your Hue light strips. You will need some soldering knowledge, so check out the video below.
Cutting And Extending Your Philips Hue Light Strips With Soldering
-A hot glue gun.
-A Philips Hue hub.
-Some ethernet cables, the length depends on the location.
Heavy-duty 3m double-sided tape.
The Hue strips have markers where you can cut the strips. These markers are great when you want to cut little pieces that you no longer want to use. Furthermore, you can also cut along the soldering points, and I’ll show you how to do this below.
- First, cut the protective cover off from where you want to cut.
- Cut around the area until you expose the six pins.
- Use your side cutters to cut in the middle of the pins.
- Then, slice the ethernet cable to expose the wires inside.
- Strip back each cable and twist.
- Near Hue’s six pins, there are some letters that will tell you where to solder each color cable to.
- Solder the cables to the pins of the Hue strips.
- You can add some hot glue for additional protection.
- Plug in the lights to make sure they work.
It is that simple!
Cutting Philips Hue Strips Without Soldering
Adding a 6-pin connector to your Philips Hue Light strip is one of the easiest ways to cut and extend your Hue strips.
You don’t need any soldering experience and it all requires six pins connectors. These connectors are affordable and you can find them online or at your nearest hardware store.
- You will need to expose the pins as we did above.
- Use a razor to cut the plastic protective casing around the points.
- Cutting around the casing and the sides offers the best results.
- Next, cut in the middle of the pins.
- With a paper clip, safely lift the pins.
- Then, connect the six pins to each end of the cut strip.
- Close the lid and connect the extension.
Can You Cut Philips Hue Strips Anywhere?
No, you can not cut the Hue strips anywhere you please because each color of the strips is placed in an order that allows them to receive the proper value of voltage depending on their specs and length.
For instance, red needs 2v and whites use 3.2v. So cutting in places without the cut mark (where the connection points are)can render the strips useless. Unless you cut in the middle of the pins, solder, or use connectors.
Cutting your Philips Hue strips anywhere can also damage the circuit of the strips.
Troubleshooting: Philips Hue Strips Not Working After Cutting
Many problems can occur when cutting your Hue strips.
Many people believe if you cut along the marked lines, your strips will work fine. However, if you cut them too short, you can experience a voltage drop.
In 24V strips do not exceed 15 feet.
To safely remove the waterproofing casing without damaging the strips, use nippers to cut down from the top and lift the covering away from the cut end. Do not peel the covering from the cut end because you can damage the pin, making it impossible to solder.
Soldering may look easy, but it is not. So ensure you have some experience in this area before attempting the soldering method. Remember, Philips Hue strips are very expensive, so once you have messed up, you are wasting a huge junk of cash.
The safest way to cut and extend your strip lights is with the use of connectors and extension cables. You can find this on Amazon and it has everything you would need to extend your lights.
Which Method Works Best?
Depending on the location, some methods of extending and cutting work best.
For instance, if you are sticking your strips behind your TV and it’s way too long, then you can cut by the recommended marked line.
However, for places that require a short piece of strips like below your kitchen cabinets, then cutting at the middle of Hue’s six pins is your best bet. Since you’ll need to use the rest of the strips for other areas.
No matter the brand of the strips, the same rules apply; Do not cut anywhere you want. Always follow the marked scissors line or cut in the middle of the soldering pins. You will need soldering experience if you want to follow that hardest route. It can be expensive too if you have to purchase a soldering kit.
For those who want the safest way to cut your Philips Hue strip, consider this connector kit. They are far cheaper than a soldering kit and have less risk.
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