There were a number of reasons for our switch to infrared remotes, but interoperability with universal remotes and smart hubs was the #1
We also looked at using smart dimmers that could connect to bluetooth or wifi but, in addition to concerns about turning into a support call center for wifi and bluetooth connectivity issues, we realized that infrared was an elegant and low cost solution for smart home integration. We didn't have to increase costs to add a bluetooth or wifi dimmer (IR costs a bit more than RF, but a small enough difference that we could absorb the difference), we could still run off the TV's USB (when it doesn't act totally psycho, like the Bravia!), and we could continue to invest in improving the lights, rather than maintaining separate remote control apps for iOS, Android, etc. It's very easy to spread yourself too thin if you're not careful.
Did you need to use the 1m dc extension that we ship with the Quad XL? I originally toyed with making our 4-way splitter longer, but I knew that there'd be gnashing of teeth from people who already feel that our lights have too much wire on them*. There are some situations where the 1m splitter might be necessary to span the TV. By avoiding lengthening the entire splitter, we are able to avoid unnecessary voltage drop and the resulting loss in brightness.
*As for why we include that much wire on the Quad, we didn't used to have it quite as long, but a good percentage of users install the lights when the TV is pre-hung. We had to allow people to route the lights by going around the footprint of a flush mount rather than spanning the back of the TV.
Also, in case you wonder why we use 4 way splitters, when our 4 meter Flex is a single strip without a splitter, it all comes down to USB 5v compatibility and voltage drop. Once you start to get past 4m with LEDs, you can experience voltage drop, and the end of the strip is noticeably dimmer than the beginning. By including 4 strips in parallel circuit, you avoid this and also allow an array of lights to be placed on all 4 sides without "running out" of light strip before you cover all 4 sides.
Originally Posted by ERuiz
I got the new Quad XL lights and they are perfect! Also, I was able to program my Harmony Elite by learning the button presses from the MediaLight remote control and now I am able to turn them on/off with my activities. Just PERFECT! No more constant coming on and off while plugged into the USB port.
Thanks again, my friend!