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Add pools of am­bi­ent light­ing to ac­cent ar­eas in your home with the best smart LED strip light­ing kits

£69.99, meethue.com

Although Philips’ le­gacy of re­quir­ing a hub for its bulbs con­tin­ues to serve it well in terms of re­li­a­bil­ity and smart de­vice com­pat­i­bil­ity, we can’t help but wince at the com­bined price for those who have not yet bought into the Hue ecosys­tem. If this is your first de­vice in the line, you’ll need to in­vest more than £100 to get up and run­ning. That said, as you might ex­pect for the in­vest­ment, this well-built strip has skills: the three- LED makeup of each of the light nodes means it man­ages the best colour range on of­fer here, though those LEDs are so far apart they’re al­most in dif­fer­ent post­codes. Depend­ing on your cho­sen colour, this can make the out­put a tad un­even. Philips’ mo­bile app is ex­cel­lent, of­fer­ing up the fine con­trol you’d ex­pect, and Hue’s Zig­bee sup­port means it’s one of the most well sup­ported plat­forms out there.


T3 SAYS Three LEDs doesn’t mean three times the range, but it does mean the LightStrip Plus is a mas­ter of colour re­pro­duc­tion and cus­tomised am­biance.

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