April 14, 2024

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10 Best LED Strip Lights of 2024

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Sometimes all it takes to completely transform your home is a fun new gadget. One of the most noticeable (and overlooked) upgrades for your space is adding smart LED light strips. It’s an affordable way to illuminate places like the underside of kitchen cabinets and add mood lighting along hallway baseboards.

The Govee M1 Smart LED Strip Light
(available at Amazon for $99.99)

is the best LED strip light you can buy thanks to the variety of customizable lighting features, ease of setup, and durability. For a Matter-enabled LED strip light that’s one of the brightest you can buy, the Nanoleaf Essentials Matter Lightstrip (available at Amazon) is our pick. However, there are plenty of other intriguing choices too, each of which has something to offer.

The Govee M1  strip light illuminated in a dark room showing colors of yellow, green, and blue

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Reviewed / Jill Schildhouse


The Govee M1 is the best smart strip light you can buy.

A woman reaches up to adjust the top shelf of a shelving unit with the Philips Hue Bluetooth Lightstrip Plus illuminated in red and yellow in the background

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Phillips Hue

The Philips Hue Bluetooth Lightstrip Plus is our pick for Best Upgrade.

The Nanoleaf matter essentials light strip installed behind a computer monitor and illuminated in blue

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Nanoleaf

This Nanoleaf strip light is the brightest of any we’ve tested.

The LIFX Lightstrip with Color Zones is the best smart strip light you can buy.

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Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

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.

The Eve Light Strip displayed in the color white and installed under kitchen cabinets

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Eve

The Eve Light Strip is the best option for Apple HomeKit.


Other Smart Light Strips We Tested


How We Test Smart Light Strips

The Tester

Hi, I’m Rachel Murphy, Reviewed’s home editor. I live in a home 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.

Testing in this guide was also completed by longtime freelance writer and reviewer Camryn Rabideau and Jill Schildhouse.

The Tests

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 the amount and types of data the apps collect.

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 for easy 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 Buying Smart Light Strips

LED strips are a versatile lighting option that can be added almost anywhere inside your house. They are often seen in home theater setups, but the bendable, sticky lights are a quick and easy way to brighten up the dark spots in your home and add accent lighting. There are a few things to consider before you purchase LED strip lights.

Operation

When purchasing smart LED light strips for your home, you should check to see whether the light strip requires a hub. Unless you already have a compatible smart home hub, we’d recommend choosing a smart strip light that doesn’t require you to purchase another device.

It’s also important 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.

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

Brightness

The amount of light you’re getting from a bulb is measured in lumens—the more lumens, the more brightness. Many of the light strips we tested had adjustable brightness to best fit the space you’re using them. However, even one of the sets on the lower end of brightness, the Cync LED Light Strip, with 800 lumens, was capable of lighting a dark room.

Length

The good majority of strip lights we tested can either be cut down or extended with additional light strip sections. However, not all of the lights are as customizable.

Think strategically about where you need extra lighting, then measure the area. During testing, we installed strip lights around TVs and mirrors, along baseboards and door trim, on bookcases and office desks, and under kitchen cabinets.

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