Let’s talk about LED strip lights for a little bit I mean who does not like LED strip lights? The uses for them are endless, they are great for under-cabinet lighting, accent lighting around furniture mood lighting in the bedroom and even immersive lighting around a television. All of which are great features that can be utilized to create unbelievable layered lighting scenes. I have had experience with “connected” LED Strips from Phillips and Sylvania and some “non-connected” ones from Commercial Electric. They all pretty much do the same thing, mount in a discrete location and give you wireless control over brightness, hue and saturation.
Now today I am going to talk about the AEgool LED Strip Lights I received for review. These are a very aggressively priced option that is Wi-Fi connected and controllable using the included remote and/or Google Home or Amazon Alexa. The first thing I noticed when I received them was the packaging, it is very consumer friendly and not something I needed to struggle with to get open, simply tear the bag open across the indicated line and you’re ready to go. This is great because like most people when I get a new product I want to be up and running as quick as possible, so like a kid on Christmas morning I tore that package open right away.
Included in the kit I received:
- The spool of LED Strip Lights
- The Power Supply
- The Wi-Fi Module
- IR Remote
- (2) 4-Pin Connectors for System Expansion
Looking at the strips I must admit I was a little skeptical at first because of how thin the strip was and how small the LED’s were, I mean compared to Phillips Hue Strips these things were tiny but that turned out to be a very good thing. Because of the size they were very easy to work with and bent around corners with easy. AS anyone who has worked with Philips Hue LightStrip Plus LED Smart Lights knows corners can be a challenge. What started out as a negative for when first looking at them made my life much easier during installation and coming from an installation background anything that makes installation easier is a huge plus in my book.
With everything installed it was time to get things up and running. App setup was a breeze using the Magic Home Smart App and Alexa Skill. Once connected to Wi-Fi control from Alexa was very fast and accurate. While I do wish these had integration with other smart home platforms like Wink Hub 2 or Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub they are still very usable with simple easy to use voice control. Later on, I discovered that Magic Home was compatible with Google Home as well and setup there was just as easy and things worked just as well as with Alexa.
- Customization (you can cut them to length and use the included 4-pin connectors to extend)
- Simple Setup
- IFTTT integration
- Google Home Integration
- Alexa Integration
- Lack of compatibility with other third-party home automation platforms
There really is not a whole lot to dislike about these LED strips, if you are looking at an inexpensive entry into accent lighting I would highly recommend giving these a shot. The installation possibilities are endless and I would love to hear some of your own applications for LED Strip lights in the comments below.
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