Wyze Light Strip Pro

MSRP $32.00

Pros

  • Affordably priced
  • No bridge wanted; connects to Wi-Fi
  • Trimmable to any size

Cons

  • Color saturation could possibly be higher

If there’s one factor I like in regards to the sensible lighting area, it needs to be that they’re extra reasonably priced than ever earlier than. There has been a sudden shift, with many extra gamers providing ultra-affordable sensible lights that cowl the gamut. One of them is Wyze, who earlier this 12 months launched its Wyze Bulb Color, which I referred to as the worthiest low-cost sensible mild bulb round.

Well, the corporate has but to overlook a beat with an impending launch of two new choices within the lighting area — the Wyze Light Strip and Light Strip Pro. Affordable pricing is but once more the focus right here, beginning at $27 and $32 respectively, however with a lot competitors within the area, they really want one thing further particular to face out at this level. I’ll be focusing totally on the Wyze Light Strip Pro for this assessment, since it will possibly ship as much as 16 colours per strip — whereas the usual Wyze Light Strip can produce just one coloration at a time.

Installation and setup

Setting up the Wyze LED mild strips was pretty simple, particularly when the underside of the strips is roofed with a sticky adhesive that makes it straightforward to lock to surfaces. I ended up outlining my headboard and elements of my mattress body. Both the Wyze Light Strip and Light Strip Pro can be found in 16.4- and 32.8-foot choices, however the Wyze Light Strip Pro is roofed in an epoxy coating — whereas the usual Wyze Light Strip will not be and left uncovered. While I don’t intend on utilizing them outside, the Wyze Light Strip Pro looks like the one to carry up higher long run.

Exposed LED on the Wyze Light Strip Pro.John Velasco / Digital Trends

Depending on the challenge, you possibly can regulate the size of the Wyze Light Strip Pro to any size you’d like for that customized match. There are marks on the strip the place you’re supposed to chop to make it easy to trim, however I’ve by no means been a fan of slicing mild strips within the first place. Before eradicating the masking for the adhesive, it’s greatest apply to verify beforehand to maximise the entire strip.

Wyze Light Strip Pro in blue.John Velasco / Digital Trends

For harder surfaces the place the underside adhesive isn’t sufficient to carry up the burden of the complete strip, like inconsistently plastered partitions, there are adhesive clips you should utilize to assist information and firmly preserve it in place. However, I might’ve favored to see screws for added assist. That’s as a result of, in my expertise, the adhesive on these clips tends to put on down. Lastly, it connects on to Wi-Fi, so I’m glad there aren’t any further bridges to attach with this setup.

Software and controls

In order to work together with the LED mild strips, you’ll must entry the Wyze app — out there for Android and iOS. For essentially the most half, it’s damaged down into three fundamental sections: Design, scenes, and music. Design is the place colours may be manually picked from the colour wheel, scenes are preset coloration choices, and music affords neat lighting results managed by music.

Speaking of lighting results, there’s a microphone constructed into the controller on the lights strip, which is the bridge between the facility adapter and the precise mild strips. To get the correct amount of response with music mode, I set the sensitivity of the controller to excessive — for the impact to coincide correctly with the music. Setting it to low doesn’t do a complete lot.

In addition to remotely accessing both sensible LED mild strips by the app, they assist Alexa and Google Assistant for voice management. I discover it simpler typically to simply merely converse the command to my sensible speaker or show.

Performance

Between the 2, the Wyze Light Strip Pro affords extra lighting results as a result of it will possibly show as much as 16 colours at a time. If you need to actually jazz up the décor round your house, go together with the Pro due to its superior results. You get some actually neat coloration combos that paint rooms in rainbow colours, however I crave lights which are a bit extra saturated in tone. Saturation is first rate, however it doesn’t produce the identical deep reds and vibrant blues I get from different LED mild strips.

I crave lights which are a bit extra saturated in tone.

Despite this, the brightness output out of the Wyze Light Strip Pro isn’t too shabby. It’s potent sufficient to make use of for studying if the strip is uncovered, versus when it’s discretely put in as an accent mild. Even although the sunshine strip dazzles in an explosion of colours with music mode, I want these particular lighting results could possibly be turned on at any time — with out the necessity of getting to play music to provide the consequences. Honestly, a preset for these results can be splendid, however it irks me why it’s not supplied as a result of it’s a straightforward addition.

Multi-color effect with Wyze Light Strip Pro.John Velasco / Digital Trends

Beyond that, it has the fundamental set of options I come to look forward to finding in sensible lights — like the choice to set sleep routines, timers, and scenes. Going one step additional, there’s additionally Vacation Mode that may routinely flip the lights on and off, and Sun Match that form of mimics pure daylight all through the day.

Our take

Wyze takes every thing it’s identified for within the area and delivers an honest set of sensible LED mild strips that aren’t too expensive. Between the 2 fashions, the Wyze Light Strip Pro is what I’d really useful for the easy indisputable fact that it affords extra coloration results. Regardless of what you select, they’re each reasonably priced on any finances and provide an honest quantity of size for the price.

Is there a greater various?

The Twinkly Line is without doubt one of the most interactive sensible LED mild strips I’ve used, providing customers customized lighting results and superior coloration saturation. However, you’re paying practically double the price with a shorter size to mess around with.

For a primary sensible LED mild strip, Govee’s choices are simpler on the pockets — usually fetching across the $20 vary for a 16.4-foot size.

How lengthy will it final?

Between the 2, the epoxy masking over the Wyze Light Strip Pro makes me really feel assured that it’ll deal with put on and tear higher as a result of grime and particles wouldn’t intrude with the elements. Either approach, there’s a 1-year restricted guarantee for each LED mild strips that covers in opposition to defects.

Should you purchase it?

You wager. Wyze’s sensible LED mild strips will not be excellent in only one specific space, however they’re priced modestly with sufficient normal options to accent any room within the dwelling.

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