“Another LED strip test? " will you tell yourself! "But are you monomaniac?" " you will ask us. The answer is yes, but not only… We present to you a LEDVANCE tape yes, but an LED strip from a "new" brand which has the good idea to function in ZigBee. And the ZigBee, among the Alexians, we believe in it. Indeed, having a lot of connected devices reduces your bandwidth. The ZigBee avoids this and leaves you with something else.
It's up to the mark LEDVANCE that we were interested this time. It is not really a new brand because LEDVANCE GmbH, German but owned by Chinese MLS co.Is a lighting products company resulting from the divestment ofOSRAM Licht AG in July 2016. It's a bit like joint custody. This also explains why the application OSRAM Lightify will shut down in a while. The quality and the way of making this brand are therefore well known to us. Moreover, the products are, for some, a simple facelift of the previous ones.
With 5 meters long, LEDVANCE tape Smart+ is advertised for 1500 lumens, dimmable, variable white, 16 millions of colors and use in outdoor with its IP65. At around 80 €, what is it worth?
LEDVANCE tape Smart+ Outdoor flex multicolor
The brand has set up a new marketing code for its range: plain background (purple in this case), product visual and highlighting of the characteristics. The cardboard is quite thin, marks a lot but with clever folds, remains quite solid. Might as well be honest, at the visual level, it's still not ecstasy ...
"You might as well be honest, at the visual level, it's still not ecstasy ..." The Alexians
In the packaging we will find our led strip coiled as well as its power cable (directly attached to the headband with a European plug) as well as a bag of screws et another fixing. There is also a installation guide rather cryptic to see abstruse, if not abstruse.
The headband as such does 4,88 m (1,5 cm wide and 4 mm thick) with one LED every 5,2 cm or about 95 lamps. Add to this 1,65 m of cable and box, not counting the 9 cm plug. Casually, having such a long thread is very practical depending on where you want to place it. Of course, if the band is too long, it is possible to cut it at the level of the areas indicated by small scissors. There is a small cap supplied with it to close the band for airtightness.
“The headband, on the other hand, is enclosed in a silicone plastic cover for protection against water. " The Alexians
Regarding materials, the plug and case are in matt black plastic, not very thick and of fairly average quality. The headband, meanwhile, is enclosed in a silicone plastic protection for a water protection. Indeed, as mentioned above, being made to be placed indoors or outdoors, the product has an IP of 65 (excluding data sheet). An IP 65 means that the belt is protected against all dust and against splashing water (max 12,5 liters per minute). On the other hand, the socket has an IP of 44 (protection against solid bodies of more than 1 mm and weak splashes of water).
Let's look at the characteristics ...
Technical data sheet of LEDVANCE Outdoor tape
- Works on 220-240 V / 50/60 Hz
- 160 mA
- 21 W consumption
- 1500 lm, max, in cool white
- 120 ° lighting
- Ra> 80
- Approx., 50000 centigrams
- Operation from -20 to 40 ° C ... take this into account for its location depending on where you live, because 40 ° C comes quickly. It is a pity for a product intended for the outside.
- 20 years of operation for a use of 2 hours 45 minutes per day.
LEDVANCE tape Smart+ Outdoor flex multicolor: installation and use
To operate the LED strip, it is necessary to have a ZigBee gateway such as Philips Hue, Osram gateways Smart+ (well, for now), connected speakers Amazon Echo Show 2, Echo Plus, Echo Studio or others. For piloting, you can use compatible applications like Osram Lightify, Philips Hue, Quivicon, Samsung SmartThings, Schwaiger4You or theapplication Alexa.
In the context of this test, this is the option Alexa that was chosen. The advantage is that the installation is done very simply with Echo Show 2, but on the other hand, the piloting possibilities will be limited. For example, the scenes are impossible to implement, the color palette is a bit more restricted (but there are 5 different whites and 15 colors ranging from gold to lavender). No problem to integrate it into a routine of course.
Installation by an integrated Echo Hub is very simple: all you have to do is connect the tape to the mains, wait a few seconds and ask « Alexa, search for my devices » and this is done by itself. A generic name is given directly to the banner, but you are free to change it.
Next, let's move on to setting up on-site. Do not try to double-sided to make it hold for the good reason that the silicone casing will not allow it to stick. You must therefore use the fixings and screws provided. The band is relatively flexible and therefore allows it to follow the periphery of the fixing location. In our case, we put it on the “ceiling” of a covered terrace (PVC slats) and that without any problem. Transparent and white, the band will go almost unnoticed.
“Transparent and white, the band will go almost unnoticed. " The Alexians
In terms of brightness and color, there is really nothing to complain about. We are on a product of very high quality as the OSRAM brand knew how to do. First of all, a light intensity of 1500 lm is really very appreciable and will make it possible to light a terrace without any problem. In 0,35 seconds, the light intensity is already at 65%, so almost immediate ignition. The color “cool white” is really close to natural light. The colors are very clear and very intense. Green, yellow and blue are clearly in their place and do not encroach on each other (therefore no green pulling on yellow and vice versa). Even if of course the brightness decreases with warm colors (red, purple, etc.), it remains really good as you can see in the photos and our video. There is really nothing to complain about.
“The colors are very clear and very intense. " The Alexians