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Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrips appear briefly online

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The original Philips Hue outdoor lineup.
The original Philips Hue outdoor lineup.

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When Philips Hue launched its array of outdoor smart lighting products in July, it conspicuously lacked an outdoor counterpart to the company’s popular indoor LightStrip.

A product leak shows that Philips will soon fill that gap.

First spotted by HomeKit News, not one but two Outdoor LightStrips appeared briefly on the Philips Hue Netherlands site. There will be 6.5-foot (2-meter) and 16.4-foot (5-meter) versions, and each will be able ready for white and color lighting out of the box.

The Outdoor LightStrips are similar to the indoor models, minus the adhesive back. Instead, you lay these LightStrips on the ground in the dirt and bend them to your liking. Imagine adding a cool lighting effect around a koi pond or set of flowers in the backyard. Philips also includes screws and clips so you can hang them from a wall or fence. 

While you might be tempted to take a pair of shears and cut the strip to your liking like you can with the indoor version, the outdoor strips don’t appear to support this — likely because of the weatherproofing tube that protects the LEDs.

Philips will likely confirm the Outdoor LightStrips in other territories, like the United States, in the coming weeks. However, don’t expect these to come cheap as you can pretty much guarantee they will carry a high Philips Hue price tag.

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