Govee Neon Rope Light

MSRP $66.00

“Half the fun of setting this light up was testing all the potential patterns. The possible shapes are limitless.”

Pros

  • Bright, versatile lights
  • Easy good management by means of Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Strong adhesive and simple mounting
  • Thousands of various colour configurations

Cons

  • Installation course of might use some work
  • Not lengthy sufficient to spell out longer phrases
  • No option to lengthen the size

Govee has exploded into the good lighting scene in latest months with an array of comparatively low-cost lamps and light-weight strips, however their latest entry units itself aside in a number of large methods. The rope appears loads like par-cooked spaghetti noodles, if these noodles had a light-diffusing cowl over LED lights. The strip itself is break up into two sections: The backside half, which hides the entire wiring and doesn’t mild up, and the highest part which homes the LEDs.

The Govee Neon Rope Lights are loads just like the Philips Hue Ambient mild strip, however they’re considerably extra inexpensive at $66 versus $180. They’re additionally extra versatile and permit you to write out messages on the wall or make quite a lot of completely different patterns to fit your persona. Best of all, these lights work with out the necessity for exterior equipment, and over each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Thanks to the massive variety of colours, scenes, and options, the Neon Rope Lights are an effective way so as to add a bit little bit of light-up artwork to your own home.

Mounting and set up

At first look, I anticipated the set up course of to be way more laborious than it was. The mounting {hardware} consists of steel brackets that slip over the again of the lights and snap right into a groove alongside the underside half of the rope. There are holes drilled by means of the underside of every bracket that permit it to be screwed into the wall (and the drywall screws are included when you select to go that route.) Thankfully, every bracket can be fitted with 3M adhesive on the again. All I needed to do was peel and keep on with get the lights to connect to the wall.

Closeup of adhesive on Govee Neon Rope Light.

The brackets served as a information for designing a form. When I’m not writing, I’ve a small gaming-focused podcast, so positioned the strip so it could be in view of the digital camera once I report. I attempted to jot down out DDG for the initials of the present, however making an attempt to type legible textual content with the lights flashed me again to my elementary faculty cursive lessons. It didn’t go properly. Someone with extra inventive expertise would possibly be capable of type phrases, however I discovered it simpler to simply make a swirl sample on the wall that form of resembles the Dreamcast brand. That mentioned, half the enjoyable of setting this mild up was testing all of the potential patterns. The doable shapes are limitless.

Half the enjoyable of setting this mild up was testing all of the potential patterns.

The field additionally features a set of alcohol pads for wiping down the floor earlier than you utilize the adhesive. The mounting course of was simple; the one actual draw back got here in making an attempt to slide the strip into the mounting brackets. It’s a good match, and infrequently I needed to slide the bracket on the place I might after which pull the strip by means of it till it reached the purpose the place I wanted it. Since the adhesive is a one-time use, the screws make it doable to re-use the mounting {hardware} and re-adjust as wanted, albeit with a bit further work.

Mounting bracket on the Govee Neon Rope Light.

The solely headache got here when including the sunshine strip to the Govee app. The app doesn’t routinely detect new units. Instead, it’s important to scroll by means of a listing of merchandise till you discover the one you’re making an attempt so as to add. Govee doesn’t exit of its means with naming conventions, so it’s finest to have a look at your field and seek for the mannequin quantity. It’s a minor inconvenience, however one which appears misplaced with regard to fashionable good dwelling units.

App and options

If you’ve ever used a Govee mild earlier than, you then already know the choices accessible to you. The Neon Rope Light has the identical options as different Govee strip lights, in addition to the identical colour choices.

The Neon Rope Light has greater than 16 million colours accessible and 15 completely different mild segments to select from. Each section might be individually managed, from the colour to the relative brightness. You also can select whether or not the segments must be well-defined or transition between each other on a gradient. This stage of customization means you possibly can create an almost countless variety of scenes to suit the temper of your room.

The Govee app consists of 64 dynamic scenes to select from. These are damaged down based on class, together with Natural, Festival, Life, and Emotion. Personally, I discovered the Fall scene beneath the Natural class to be top-of-the-line choices. Again, when you’ve got another Govee lights, these are the identical classes and scenes accessible to these.

The Govee Neon Rope Light provides a splash of fashion to your wall.

If you have got a number of Govee lights in a single room, you should utilize the app to pick out the Smarts tab and group a number of lights collectively. From one in all these teams, you possibly can arrange particular schedules and “Plans” that allow you to select what units activate, what colour that particular gadget is, and extra. Unfortunately, whereas the Smarts tab does present entry to some pre-made scenes, it doesn’t give entry to all of them. It does, nonetheless, recommend plans and even permits Govee’s A.I. to recommend colour patterns. You may even add a picture and it’ll attempt to match the final colour of the room to that photograph.

Govee Neon Rope Light on floor showing off design.

In addition to those options, you possibly can sync the lights to music. There are 4 completely different modes to select from, however I discovered the sudden flickering to be extra distracting than something.

Smart management

The Govee Neon Rope Light works with each Alexa and Google Assistant. Alexa routinely detected the sunshine and added it to the community. With Google Assistant, I needed to hyperlink my Govee account with my Google account. After that, it was so simple as choosing every mild and selecting the room so as to add it to. From the assistants, I can arrange schedules, timers, and extra. I also can ask Alexa or Google Assistant to alter the colours, modes, and extra. Alexa even supplies entry to all of Govee’s built-in scenes from inside the Alexa app, however Google Assistant doesn’t.

Our take

Govee has made many inroads into the good lighting area with the whole lot from indoor strip lights to good lamps, and extra. The firm even has different lesser-known good units to select from. The Govee Neon Rope Light provides a splash of fashion to your wall within the form of a phrase or a sample.

While it doesn’t add a lot in the way in which of colours or options, its flexibility and potential purposes are appreciable. The advertising materials makes it seem like the strip is for much longer than it’s, however a package is simply 10 ft — and there doesn’t appear to be any means so as to add extra size to the strip.

Is there a greater different?

The Philips Hue Ambient mild strip is the same product, however its larger value and the requirement for a hub make it much less interesting. You may additionally take into account the Twinkly Flex for simply $100. It serves the same goal, might be organized into writing, and supplies a slew of various colour choices to select from. However, on the price range entrance, it’s arduous to beat the $65 Govee Neon Rope Light.

How lengthy will it final?

Govee’s merchandise aren’t flimsy, however in addition they don’t really feel like essentially the most sturdy objects available on the market. I nervous that I might scratch the lights whereas attaching the mounts. There isn’t a guaranty, however Govee does promise to switch any faulty units. These lights aren’t more likely to transfer round a lot, so they need to final for fairly some time offered you handle them.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. Govee is a high quality price range model. While there are a couple of hiccups right here and there, the lights work properly and combine simply with good assistants. It’s not going to revolutionize your good dwelling, however the Neon Rope Light is an effective addition so as to add a bit of fashion to any room.

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