Dark stripes will greatly improve your home’s look. Standard light bulbs are fantastic because they are more practical than elegant in general. On the other hand, light strips will add fun, illuminated highlights to your home, while still lighting a space well enough to see properly.
Light stripes also get smarter. A number of companies have integrated smart home tech into their new light strips, allowing you to use your phone or voice to operate the strips and integrate them into your existing lighting system.
If purchasing a smart light strip there are a number of things to consider, but the most important of all aspects is the smart home environment it falls into. If you have setup on Google Home, you’ll want to make sure the light strip works with Google Assistant. The same happens for Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit setups.
You’re going to want to remember some other things too. Smart light strips can come in different lengths and deliver varying levels of brightness. If you want something that can really light up a room, a light strip with a higher level of brightness will be appropriate. You’ll also want to think about where your light strip will be put. When you’re going to position it outside, you’ll have to make sure you have a light stripe that’s waterproof and made specifically for outdoor use.
Govee Brighter Million Controlled
Govee provides a unique light stripe from any USB port that gets its power. Simply plug it into your desk’s machine for quick and easy lighting, or to that USB port at the back of your TV to convert it to a bias lighting. This light strip also features a microphone so it can respond automatically to any music being played, creating an instant band.
What is, you wonder, the LIFX Beam Light Module? These are beams that end-to-end lock together, which means you can customize your light strips wherever you wish. They can be personalized to fit into any style, which helps make sure you’re fitting your home best.
You will benefit from the LIFX Beam Light Module if you have rooms in your home that have unusual angles, twists and turns. In terms of benefits and functionality it’s exactly the same as the LIFX Z above, though this is the ultimate in personalized choices.
It is powered by app and voice, it offers 16 million colours, dimmable and more. Also the LIFX Beam is a perfect match for smart WiFi light bulbs which can play music too!
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
This light stripe measures 80 inches and fits with smart lighting set Philips Hue. Philips also offers a 40-inch Lightstrip extension so if 80 inches is not appropriate for your needs, you can extend it. However, if the 80 inches is too much for your closet, the Lightstrip can be cut to fit better.
With the amazing Philips Hue application, you can also monitor the strip, and integrate it with Google Home, Alexa or HomeKit. It’s important to note that if you want to use the Philips Hue Lighstrip Plus, you’ll also need to buy a Philips Hue hub, but if you’re already using Philips Hue lighting, you’ve set up a hub already.
The software is one of the best things to use with Philips Hue products. The software is well-designed, user-friendly and can be incorporated with your favorite smart home ecosystem.
The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus has some downsides to it. Maybe the most important one is that it’s relatively expensive, coming in at about $80. As mentioned, it also needs a hub, so if you do not already have a hub, you will need to purchase one, which adds to the cost.
SYLVANIA SMART+ ZigBee Indoor Starter Kit
This light stripe comes in three two-foot LED parts (totally six feet) that you can add to and shape into all forms. The modular nature means you can add a little lighting to your favorite bookcase, build a cozy lighting feature for your kitchen cabinets, or add some bias lighting to your TV. However to operate this lighting kit you will need a ZigBee hub.
Nexlux Led Light Strip
I am all about worth. Although I love the fresh and innovative, it is sometimes important to be aware of what gives your buck true value and the best hit. With a smart home, you’ll probably build on each and every product, which means you need to be conscious of how much you’re spending and the amount of value you’re receiving.
I always thought it was too good to be true when I came across the Nexlux, although that was certainly not the case. This is a smart light strip product that works alongside Alexa and Google, that can be regulated by your smartphone, that offers the same color spectrum as others on our list and that can really set the mood in any room in your home. It’s a great way to get onto the market at a reasonable price.
You can also find some great water-resistant Nexlux light strips which are also ideal for the patio and other intelligent outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting will easily take the fun outdoor evening patio up to the next level with friends and family.
Koogeek Smart Light Strip
We suggest the Koogeek Smart Light Strip, which is 6.6 feet long and very easy to use, if you’re looking for a great smart light strip and don’t want to spend too much cash.
Unlike some of the other light strips on this list, the Koogeek Smart Light Strip has only one USB connector at the end, so you’ll need to plug it into a USB adaptor. It also works only with Apple’s HomeKit and Google Assistant, although you can also monitor it with a dedicated Koogeek app on iOS or Android.
While the Koogeek Smart Light Strip is inexpensive, coming in at about $40, it has a few downsides. We would have liked to see integration with Amazon’s Alexa, for example, too–while integration with HomeKit and Google Assistant is pretty good.
Vocolinc LS1 Smart Led lightstrip
The LS1 Smart LED Lightstrip by Vocolinc features an IP67 water-resistant mark, allowing for great outdoor placement. This helps it to act as vacation or accent lighting, and its thin profile will keep it hidden all year round. The light strip also supports up to 16 million different colors and is compatible with all the big smart home systems, keeping you in the loop if you decide to switch things up.
(source: businessinsider.sg, imore.com, and ideaing.com)