How to Make Your Own Philips Hue LightStrips for Cheap

Smart light options from Philips Hue are pretty expensive, but perhaps nothing is as pricey as the Hue LightStrips. The good news is that you can save quite a bit of cash by putting together some DIY Hue-compatible light strips.

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The Hue LightStrip kit costs a cool $90 and comes with two meters worth of light strips. You can add on one-meter extensions for $30 each. To get five meters worth of Hue LightStrips, you’d have to spend $170. However, if you’re willing to do just a bit of assembly yourself (no fancy skills required), you can get the same length of Hue-compatible LED light strips for just a little over $40.

The only downsides are that your light strip won’t work with HomeKit or Hue Sync, but if you’re still interested in saving a lot of cash, then keep reading.

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What You’ll Need

To create your Hue-compatible LED light strips, you’ll need three main components: the LED light strips, the controller module, and a power supply. Unfortunately, you can only find the right controller module on Aliexpress, so be prepared to wait a few weeks, since it ships from China.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gledopto ZigBee RGB+CCT LED Controller: This controller lets you change the colors, as well as the color temperature of the white spectrum.
  • Five Meter LED Light Strip: You can cut these down to a shorter length if need be, or you can buy more if you want something even longer (by using connectors).
  • 12V 3A Power Supply: Three amps will get the job done for five meters of light strips or fewer. If you’re adding more, you’ll want to go with a 5A power supply.

In total, this all cost me just $43.90. This same kind of setup using the official Hue LightStrips…

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