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Beware: extensions dim the strips!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
I've bought a ton of hue gear and mostly liked it, though the value is questionable at these prices.
I discovered to my amazement today that the total brightness of light strips are capped at 1600 lumens / 22W power draw, due to the power supply and controller.
There are some useful posts on reddit and even developers.hue.com about it, but no one seems to have come up with a reasonable way to swap in a different power-supply/controller to get any more brightness out of an extended strip than was in the original 2m one.
The fact that hue doesn't explain this, and advertises the strips as 800 lumens, seems almost definitely illegal.
In the attached photo, you can see one strip with 5 extensions and one with none; hard to get a sense of just what the difference is this way but it's obvious in the picture and to the naked eye.