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Koogeek Light Strip vs Philips Hue Light Strip: Which should you buy?

Philips Hue Lighstrip Pus
Philips Hue Lighstrip Pus (Image credit: Philips Hue)

If you are looking for an affordable, easy to set up light strip for general accent lighting, then the Koogeek LS1 Strip Light is the one for you. However, if you want the absolute best levels of brightness and color reproduction, then the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is your best bet. The Philips Hue light strip also works with a greater variety of services, and even syncs up to your movies or shows if you have the right hardware.

Break it down now...

When looking at light strips there are several important features to consider, including ones that you cannot see. Both the Koogeek LS1 and Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus provide the same overall functions, but the extra cost associated with the Hue light strip means you will see better performance, reliability, color reproduction, and deeper integrations.

Koogeek LS1 Strip LightPhilips Hue Lightstrip Plus
Length6.5 Feet6.6 Feet
Colors16 Million16 Million
Brightness500 Lumens1,600 Lumens
Wattage10w20w
Life Expectancy22.8 years22 years
Warranty1 year2 years
ExtendableNoYes, up to 33 feet
Weather ResistanceIP65IP20
Alexa SupportYesYes, with hub
HomeKit SupportYesYes, with hub
Google Assistant SupportYesYes, with hub

When it comes to picking a winner, the overall choice is clear. The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is simply better at some of the most important aspects. Peak brightness levels on the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus are well beyond the Koogeek LS1's capabilities, making it able to light up rooms around your home. The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is not just brighter than Koogeek's LS1, it's over three times brighter, with a whopping 1,600 lumens of power. This means that it is capable of lighting up the darkest of rooms, allowing it to work as a true light source, whereas its competition is best suited as accent lighting.

Colors are richer and more distinct, giving you more options to choose from, which translates to the Hue light strip working better as decorative displays or as a compliment to media. Even though each light strip supports up to 16 million different colors and whites, the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus has more accurate colors, especially for those within the green spectrum, which are notoriously hard to produce. More accurate color not only looks better and more distinct, it also extends to entertainment purposes, such as using the media sync features that provide a more immersive video viewing experience.

Philips Hue also has a vast ecosystem that extends beyond support for Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant. This means that it can integrate with services such as IFTTT, creating the potential of full blown automations that can flash your light strip to a certain color if it is going to rain, or re-create a beautiful sunset when dusk starts in your area.

That is not to say that the Koogeek LS1 Strip Light is a bad option, especially considering its low price. Koogeek's light strip still produces up to 16 million colors, which can certainly fit the bill for most use cases. The LS1 also has the benefit of not requiring a separate hub for its smart home connections, and it even includes IP65 weather resistance, allowing it to withstand rain and dust, something that the more expensive Hue light strip cannot do.

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.