• LIFX Lightstrip Color Zones

  • Govee Wi-Fi RGB LED Strip Lights

  • How We Tested Smart Light Strips

  • What You Should Know About Smart Light Strips

  • Privacy For Smart Light Strips

  • Other Smart Light Strips We Tested

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Our Favorite Smart Light Strips of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    LIFX Lightstrip Color Zones, 40"

    Pros

    • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

    • Great lighting effects

    • Bright, vivid colors

    Cons

    • App doesn't offer two-factor authentication

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  2. Best Value

    Govee WiFi RGB LED Strip Lights

    Pros

    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

    • Affordable

    • Feature-packed

    Cons

    • Strip is thinner than others we tested

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LIFX Z
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We fell in love with the LIFX Lightstrip with Color Zones for their incredibly simple set up, ease of use, and variety of awesome features.

Best Overall
LIFX Lightstrip Color Zones

The LIFX Lightstrip with Color Zones impressed us from the very beginning. In what felt like a blink of an eye, we had these RGBW LED lights connected to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. Using one of the three major smart assistants, you can use voice control to turn the lights on/off, change the color, and adjust the brightness. Additionally, the strip is instantly responsive when controlled using the Lifx app on iOS and Android devices (keep in mind that HomeKit is only available on Apple smartphones and tablets).

At 1400 lumens, these weren't the most radiant lights we tested, but we had no issues illuminating a dark room even at 30% brightness. The best thing about this light strip, and what sets it apart from most others, is that it offers eight different color zones. Each zone can be set to a different color (there are millions to choose from), allowing you to get creative with your custom lighting setup. The strip light is available for purchase in two lengths: 40 inches and 80 inches. Additional 40-inch extension strips can be added up to 33 feet, or you can cut the strip down to a smaller size.

The Lifx app is loaded with useful controls like scheduling, groups, and a bevy of fun light effects and preset color themes that never get old. You can even create an immersive movie night experience at home by enabling the visualizer effect in the Lifx app, which makes the lights dance to the beat of a song or sound of a movie (your phone or tablet must be in the same room as the sound for this to work). By far the biggest downside is that the Lifx app does not offer two-factor authentication, a helpful security feature that alerts you if someone tries to gain access to your account.

Overall, the Lifx light strip is the best you can buy because it works with all three major smart assistants, offers impressively cool lighting features and effects, and color zones for a completely customizable lighting experience.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

  • Great lighting effects

  • Bright, vivid colors

Cons

  • App doesn't offer two-factor authentication

Govee WiFi RGB LED Strip Lights
Credit: Govee

Govee's smart light strip is the perfect blend of affordability and smarts.

Best Value
Govee Wi-Fi RGB LED Strip Lights

With the option to connect over Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth, Govee’s Wi-Fi RGB LED Strip Lights offer a slew of fun and useful lighting features, a quick and simple setup, and an all-around pleasant user experience at a very affordable price. The Govee app offers email account verification, an important security feature that notifies you when someone attempts to log in to your account.

The lights are easy to control using Alexa and Google Assistant (there’s no support for Apple HomeKit) , but the Govee Home app is what really makes these lights a delight to use. Within the app are options to adjust the brightness, create schedules, choose between warm and cool color tones from over 16 million colors, and pick from seven pre-made mood-lighting scenes. Each strip can be cut to your preferred length and comes in two sizing options: 16.4 feet and 32.8 feet. The one downside here is that you can’t extend these with more strip lights like you can with the Lifx Z LED Strip Kit.

But by far the coolest feature of these string lights is that the built-in microphone syncs with whatever sound is playing—be it from a speaker, TV, or the sound of your voice—the light pattern adapts to the beat. There's no special pairing or extras required to access this feature. To make these lights boogie, select the Music scene in the Govee Home app.

Another handy extra included with this set is a pack of support clips and nails to hold the light strip in place. It’s particularly useful if you want to secure the lights underneath your kitchen cabinets, but for most uses, the adhesive strip will be enough to hold the strip lights securely in place.

The strip on these lights is the thinnest of any strip light we tested and feels more like very thick duct tape. While that may sound like a bad thing, it actually makes these lights easier to install and maneuver around corners. However, we wouldn’t recommend moving these more than once. Because of their thin design, they can become flimsy and break if moved too many times.

Overall, this light strip is responsive, maintains a strong and reliable connection, and offers many useful features at a fraction of the price of other smart strip lights we tested.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Affordable

  • Feature-packed

Cons

  • Strip is thinner than others we tested

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How We Tested Smart Light Strips

The Tester

Hi, I’m Rachel Murphy, Reviewed’s smart home staff writer. I live in a smart home that’s full of smart home devices like cameras, plugs, speakers, and an oven. During my tenure at Reviewed, I’ve tested smart plugs, smart water leak detectors, and other gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via smart assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

The Tests

For this roundup, we put each light strip through a series of in-depth, hands-on tests to fully understand each one’s capabilities, features, and downsides. We also looked for important app security features like two-factor authentication and reviewed what types and the amount of data the apps collect about you.

We set the lights up in a variety of indoor locations throughout my home, testing to see which ones work the best in low light, offer the best connectivity, and integrate with smart assistants to make your home easier to control. We also tested the companion apps on both iOS and Android devices to get a feel for their connectivity, ease of use, and features.

What You Should Know About Smart Light Strips

Smart Home Integration

There are a few things to consider when purchasing smart LED strip lights for your home. First, check to see whether or not the light strip requires a hub. Unless you already have a compatible smart home hub, we’d recommend avoiding the extra cost and choosing a smart strip light that doesn’t need another device to work.

The second thing to remember is to select a strip light that easily integrates with your existing smart home environment. We tested models that work with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. However, not all of these strip lights are compatible with all three popular smart assistants.

Finally, while most of the lights we tested connect over Wi-Fi, some use only Bluetooth, and others can do either one. We found Bluetooth connections to be unreliable and slow at times, which is why we’d recommend selecting a strip light that offers Wi-Fi.

Installing Smart Light Strips

Strip thickness
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Govee's strip light (pictured in front) was the thinnest strip we tested, making it easy to install but less ideal for moving around multiple times. For comparison's sake, the C by GE light strip (pictured in back) is much thicker and harder to arrange around corners.

All of the smart light strips we tested had an adhesive backing. Before installing, make sure to dust, wipe down, and dry the surface where you’ll be placing the lights. Skipping this step can decrease the grip on the back of the lights, lessening their lifespan.

And on that note, you may be wondering if you can move the lights from place to place. The short answer is yes. During our tests, we relocated each light strip to a new location after the initial installation. Almost all of the strips had no problem resticking a second time, but we wouldn’t recommend doing this more than once because, of course, the more you move them, the less they stick.

If and when your lights do lose their stickiness, you can try replacing the adhesive backing heavy-duty double-sided tape for strip lights.

Strip Light Placement

Where to put
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The bathroom and bedroom are two areas of the home where we tested smart strip lights.

This leads us to a final point you should consider: think strategically about where you need extra lighting. You may think that smart strip lights can only be used with a home theater setup, but the bendable and sticky lights are a quick and easy way to brighten up the dark spot in your home. During our testing, we installed the strip lights around TVs and mirrors, along baseboards and door trim, on bookcases and office desks, and under kitchen cabinets.

If you’re unsure about where to place your strip lights, try arranging them in an area of your home and lightly secure them in place with tape. We recommend using a gentle tape like painter's tape that won’t leave any damage behind.

Another factor to consider is whether or not the light strips can be adjusted to the size of your space. The good majority of strip lights we tested can be cut to size or extended with additional light strip sections. However, not all of the lights are as customizable.

LED strips are a versatile lighting option that can be added almost anywhere in your house (but not outdoors). Smart strip lights are also a popular choice to line the interior window sill when decorating for the holidays. Some smart strip lights we tested offer in-app, pre-made holiday light settings that flash red and white like a candy cane or orange and black for Halloween.

Privacy For Smart Light Strips

There’s always a potential privacy risk involved when you use internet-connected devices at home. To help safeguard your smart home, there are some steps you can take. First, look for devices that offer two-factor authentication, which sends a code to your mobile device to verify it’s really you. That way, if someone tries to hack into your account, you will receive an alert and can quickly take care of the problem. Many devices also allow you to activate email or other push notifications in the settings to alert you if someone has logged on.

Additionally, make sure to use a unique, strong password composed of multiple characters, numbers, and letters for each of your smart home accounts. Data breaches feel like the norm as of late, making it all the more important to use different passwords across multiple websites and apps.

When using any devices with smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, you can further protect your privacy by regularly deleting your voice recordings and muting the speaker’s mic when it’s not in use.

Looking for more privacy tips? Read our guide to securing your smart home.


Other Smart Light Strips We Tested

Philips Hue Bluetooth Smart Lightstrip Plus

Philips Hue makes the best smart bulbs, so we had high hopes for this light strip. TLDR: It’s wonderful, but unless you’re already invested in a Philips Hue ecosystem, we’d recommend skipping this light strip as it requires a hub (an additional cost) to access the best features. Bluetooth-only control is available with the Philips Hue Bluetooth app, available for iOS and Android, but you’ll need to be within range in order to use it. It does integrate nicely with a plethora of smart platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Microsoft Cortana, SmartThings, and IFTTT. However, the Hue hub is required for Apple HomeKit and Siri voice control.

Philips Hue is known for its high-quality luminance and vibrant colors, and these strip lights do deliver on those fronts. Offering 1,600 Lumens, the Philips Hue Light Strip Plus is one of the brightest on the market. And, while the ability to sync them with your home entertainment system is a really cool feature, the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is required to make it work. In the app, you can set the lights to one of 16 million colors or opt for one of the many awesome preset light settings. The light strip also supports schedule and home automation. The strip can be trimmed to size or you can purchase extension pieces for a bigger setup. One feature that impressed us is that the cut segment can be reused and reconnected to other portions of the strip using the Philip Hue connector. This is not the case for most smart light strips.

The setup process was a breeze, but the installation process was unnecessarily cumbersome. The adhesive backing comes off in multiple small strips instead of one or two long pieces like most others we tested, which created a lot of work and clean-up compared to other strip light installations. Another thing we didn’t love was that, when we went to move the strip to test it in a new location, some of the sticky adhesive goop was left behind. One final gripe we have is that the Philips Hue app does not offer two-factor authentication, a security feature that notifies you if someone attempts to gain access to your account.

Overall, we think this light strip is sleek, easy to use, and full of awesome features, but, due to cost, is best for people who already have other Philips Hue lights at home or those interested in creating a singular smart lighting system.

Pros

  • Robust lighting effects and presets

  • Bright

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

Cons

  • App lacks two-factor authentication

  • Hub required to access best features

C by GE Full Color Direct Connect LED Strip Light

The new Cync Direct Connect LED Light Strip is an improvement over the previous version, which required a smart bridge to access features like remote access when you’re away from home and integration with smart assistants. Now, you can use hands-free voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant (but not Siri) to adjust the brightness to a certain percentage, change the color or scene, and power in the lights on/off without the need for any additional devices.

The strip is sold in one size, 80 inches, but a strip light extender can be added for additional length. In terms of brightness, it’s on the lower end of the scale at just 800 lumens, but it does a fine job of illuminating a dark room at full brightness. We also like that the Cync app sends email account notifications if someone attempts to log into your account, which helps keep your account secure. The app, which can be slow to load on both Android and iOS, is where you can pick from a wheel full of colors, as well as a variety of white light settings like cool white, warm white, and sunset. Scenes and schedules are available in the app, but there are no preset lighting features, color zones, or home entertainment integrations.

Overall, the strip is responsive, easy to set up, and offers account verification, but it lacks certain lighting features and effects that make LED strips fun to use around the house.

Pros

  • No hub needed

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Email account verification for new logins

Cons

  • Limited lighting effects

  • No support for Siri

Minger DreamColor LED Strip Lights

You may not be familiar with Minger, but the brand is owned by Govee, maker of the best smart light strips you can get for the money. While Minger’s lights don’t offer any integration with Alexa or Google, we had no problems controlling them in the Govee Home app. One thing to note is that the lights are Bluetooth-enabled and do not connect via Wi-Fi, limiting the connection range.

Minger’s adhesive LED lights have a built-in mic that automatically syncs with any nearby sound, including from a speaker or TV.

The bonding tape on the back of the lights started to lose its stick after a couple of days and we had trouble resticking the lights back in place after moving them once, but a small set of support hooks is included with the lights, so those can be used to hold the lights in place if the adhesive gives out.

Given the Bluetooth-only connection, it takes longer to connect and control these lights than other Wi-Fi-enabled options we tested. However, if you’re looking for smart lights that don’t require a smart speaker or smart assistant app, Minger’s DreamColor LED Strip Lights are the right choice.

Pros

  • App is easy to use

  • Light syncs with any sound

Cons

  • No integration with smart assistants

  • Bluetooth-only

Geeni Prisma Plus Strip

The Geeni Prisma Plus didn't give us any trouble during setup or installation. The light strip works with Alexa Google, and Microsoft Cortana. Geeni’s Strip Lights are uniquely waterproof, meaning they can be used outdoors, too.

Like others, Geeni’s strip lights can be trimmed to size or combined with extender pieces up to 9.8 feet. Creating schedules, choosing colors, dimming the lights, and selecting from one of nine premade lighting scenes are all possible with Geeni's Prisma Plus Light Strip.

These lights are attractive, fairly bright, and feel well-made, but the humming noise coming from the power adapter each time we adjusted the color seemed to cheapen the product. Another thing we didn’t like was the lack of adhesive tape on the remote control, leaving no easy way to attach it to the wall. We were also unable to log into the Geeni app on both an iPhone and Android at the same time, which could create a problem for households with multiple users. One final gripe is that the Geeni app does not offer two-factor authentication.

Overall, Geeni’s Prisma Plus Strip Lights are a great option for anyone looking to add smart lights outdoors, but there are better options in our guide.

Pros

  • Works with Google Assistant, Alexa, Microsoft Cortana

  • No hub needed

Cons

  • Noticeable "hum" sound when changing between light colors

Eve Light Strip

At 1800 lumens, the Eve Light Strip is among the brightest we've tested, offering a wide array of full-spectrum white and colors to choose from. While we had a nice and easy experience with the Eve strip, there are a few things upfront to know before you buy. This strip light isn’t as customizable as others on our list since it doesn't offer any fun lighting effects or presets—you're limited to single colors only.

The light strip also is not compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Instead, it works exclusively with Apple's Siri. When using Siri voice control, you can give commands to change the color, adjust the brightness, and turn it on/off. To control these lights away from home using Siri, you need an iOS device that functions as an Apple home hub, like an iPad, Apple TV, or Apple HomePod.

Given its compatibility with Apple products, the light strip also supports HomeKit Adaptive Lighting, a new iOS feature that automatically adjusts the color temperature of the strip light as the day goes on. Additionally, the Eve Energy app, which can also be used to control the light, is only available for iOS. For these reasons, Android users should avoid this light strip.

Like most strip lights, Eve's can be trimmed to a smaller size, or you can add a few of Eve’s extension strips up to 32.8 feet. We had issues with the adhesive backing, which tore off in a few spots during setup and made the lights hard to stick into place.

The app claims to collect very little data about you, and two-factor authentication is mandatory for all HomeKit users, making this one of the more secure smart light strips available for purchase. If you want a strip light that only works with Apple HomeKit, this is the one to buy.

Pros

  • Supports Apple HomeKit's Adaptive Lighting

  • Very bright

  • Reliable connection

Cons

  • Not compatible with Android devices

  • Limited lighting effects

  • No Google Assistant or Alexa support

Sylvania Smart+ Apple HomeKit-Enabled Full Color Flex Strip

Sylvania’s Full Color Flex Strip is one of the few HomeKit-enabled light strips we tested. Unlike Philips Hue and Sengled, a hub isn’t required— and you don’t even need a Wi-Fi connection. However, as was the case with other Bluetooth-only lights we tested, response times were slow and the app takes a few seconds to connect to the lights.

Like others we tested, Sylvania's HomeKit strip lights come with millions of color options, adjustable white light, and dimming capabilities. To control these lights away from home using Siri, you need an iOS device that functions as an Apple home hub, like an iPad, Apple TV, or Apple HomePod.

We struggled to connect these lights with Apple HomeKit and, for that reason, would recommend the Lifx Z smart strip lights for a faster and simpler setup with Apple products. A couple of other things to note: the adhesive backing isn’t as strong it could be, and the plug is also larger and heavier than other models we tested.

Pros

  • Works with HomeKit

Cons

  • Difficult setup

  • Bulky power adapter

Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Light Strip

Sengled’s Smart LED Multicolor Light Strip is easy to arrange and was overall a pleasant experience to use. The strip is 6.5 feet long but can be extended using Sengled's Smart LED Multicolor Light Strip Extensions or trimmed for a smaller space.

The Sengled app offers lots of features like scheduling, group control, color/temperature choice, and brightness. The app also offers email account verification, which sends an authentication code to your email address when a new login is detected. These lights also offer something unique that others we tested don't: energy monitoring. While it’s not a necessary feature for strip lights, it can be useful for tracking consumption.

One thing to know is that these lights do require a hub. While a compatible smart hub is an extra cost, it may be worth the money if you plan on expanding your smart home with other Sengled smart bulbs. We paired the strip lights with a Sengled Smart Hub and were almost instantly connected. Sometimes hubs can be tricky to get up and running and connected with smart home devices, but we were pleasantly surprised by the ease of the entire process. All things considered, we’d recommend this LED multicolor light strip to anyone who already uses Sengled smart bulbs.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings

  • Offers energy monitoring

Cons

  • Hub required

Sylvania Smart+ ZigBee Full Color Flexible Lightstrip Starter Kit

Sylvania’s Full Color Flexible Lightstrip relies on a hub like a Samsung SmartThings, Wink, or Amazon Echo Plus, to work. The setup took a few tries when paired with the Samsung SmartThings hub but didn’t give us much trouble after that. Sylvania’s Smart+ ZigBee Strip Lights come with three 24-inch light strips, a controller, and power supply. The lights work with Alexa and Google Assistant.

We didn’t find Sylvania’s adhesive grip to be as strong as other lights we tested, so it’s best to install these lights and leave them in place. Overall, we think Sylvania’s smart light strips are a good option for anyone who already owns a ZigBee hub, but other users will likely want to look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • ZigBee hub required

  • Setup took a few tries

Meet the tester

Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Senior Staff Writer

@rachel_murphy

Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Reviewed. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for several major outlets and as an associate editorial producer for ABC News' Good Morning America.

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