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Philips Hue Lightstrip Hardwired Controller vs Detachable Controller: Which Version do I have?

Looking to extend the distance between your Philips Hue Controller and Starter Lightstrip? You’ll need to identify which controller version you have first. Recently, Philips Hue updated their controller design, leaving you to figure out which version you have. This post will help you identify your version!

Our Controller to 6-pin Adapters are specifically designed for the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus system, which allows for any Litcessory product or a Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension to be connected directly to the controller.

Identify your Philips Hue Lightstrip Controller Version

There are two versions of the Controller to 6-Pin Adapter, a hardwired version and a detachable version. Identify which version your setup requires by looking at your Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Controller.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Controllers. Detachable version and hardwired version.

These adapters solve the issue created by the starter lightstrip either being directly attached to the controller (the Hardwired Version) or the issue created by the controller’s connector size being smaller than any Litcessory product or a Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension (the Detachable Version).

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One adapter connects to the controller and the other attaches to the starter lightstrip. Once both adapters are attached, it will provide a 6-pin connection between the controller and the starter lightstrip that can be used to attach any Litcessory product or a Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension.

When using the detachable version, it is as easy as unplugging the starter lightstrip and plugging in our Detachable Controller to 6-Pin Adapter.

If you have the Hardwired Controller, the idea is the same. You will just need to take a few more easy steps to complete this setup. Mainly, cutting the hardwire between the controller and the Starter Lightstrip and reconnecting the wires to the Controller to 6-Pin Adapter (Hardwired Version).

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First, cut the rounded hardwire midway between the controller and the starter lightstrip, exposing the colored wires inside, about half an inch.

Hardwired Controller to 6-Pin Adapter Breakout 1

Then, insert each wire into the matching colored connector on the Hardwired Version of the Controller to 6-Pin Adapter.

Controller to 6-Pin Adapter (Hardwired Version) Instructions Step 2

Finally, make sure to snap down each connector fully to ensure it locks the wire into place.

Controller to 6-Pin Adapter (Hardwired Version) Instructions Step 3

That’s all there is to it! Want to learn more about all of the different things you can do Philips Hue Lightstrips and Litcessory products? Check out our other blog posts here.

If you have any questions about your Philips Hue Lightstrip project, feel free to send us a message! We are always happy to help.