Whether you want to add a little extra glow to your PC or your TV, or just want some tasteful accent lighting around your home or office, LED light strips are an easy, affordable way to add some style. Not sure where to start? Here are a few options.
Philips Hue is the most prominent smart lighting system on the market, and the LED strips are a perfect add-on if you're already in the ecosystem. Sync with the rest of your lights or create scenes and automation where the only limit is your imagination. Philips Hue smart lights rely on a dedicated hub that you have to buy separately.
So many colors
Another well-known smart home brand, TP-Link, has LED strip lights to add to its Kasa range of products. To get started, you'll need the starter kit and the Android or iOS companion app, and that's it. There's no hub required, it directly attaches to your home wireless network, and with extension strips, you can turn this into a 33-feet long, highly colorful train of lights.
LIFX is another well-known smart lighting ecosystem and brand, with the bonus of not needing a dedicated hub like you do with Philips Hue. This LED light strip connects directly to your home network for use with mobile apps, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. Stick, connect, and light it up — it's that simple.
It's perfectly reasonable if you're not interested in multicolor lighting or smart capabilities. If you're looking for some simple, affordable lighting to highlight an area of your home or use as bias lighting behind a TV or PC monitor, this white kit is a great, affordable choice.
If you want brightness, then the 1800 lumens Eve kit is for you. You can have full-spectrum white or color ambient lighting across your entire room — all from these tiny strips. The strips are also Apple HomeKit compatible and can be extended up to 10m in length with extension kits.
If you're looking for some colored accent lighting on a budget and aren't interested in fancy smart lights or Wi-Fi connectivity, then this 16.4-foot long kit is ideal. It supports a bunch of different colors, is self-adhesive, and has an easy-to-use remote control to change up how things look.
Illuminating your life
LED strip lights are a really easy way to add some amazing accent lighting anywhere in your home. Whether you're looking for full smart capabilities from something like the Philips Hue kit (opens in new tab) or something plainer and simpler like the Ustellar white strips (opens in new tab), there's something out there for you.
The beauty of LED strip lights is that the effect is subtle, yet striking, and they're easy to hide out of plain sight. Whether you're putting them behind a TV or PC monitor, or using them to highlight accents or furniture, you'll be able to create a unique look that suits your own personal style.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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