The best LED light strips

Illuminate your beds, hallways, shelves, and backs of your televisions

LED light strip
Change the mood with LED light strips.Amazon

If you’ve got a reliable internet connection, smart lights are a cheap way to make your home rich-dude-penthouse levels of cool. You can adjust the brightness of your lights, and most devices allow you to set the mood by choosing from more than 16 million colors. Over the past few months, I tested some sweet lighting options that require no external hub and most work with your existing smart home assistants. Here are my favorites.

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Strip

Will Bright Up Your Day

The choice won't let you down.Amazon

This one’s my favorite. The biggest feature: you don’t need a separate hub to control your smart lights. They connect via Wi-Fi and have adhesive on the back so you can stick the lights on your walls, or underneath ledges and cupboards. The LEDs create up to 16 million colors and are programmable, so you can create custom lighting patterns through the smartphone app. You can also set up a lighting schedule and make changes with your voice through Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. The starter kit comes two 6.5-foot LED strips. There are eight programmable color zones on each strip and 700 lumens per strip.

Rainbow Bright

Sylvania 10W color LED flex strip
Reliable two-foot option.Amazon

The Sylvania LED light strip connects over Bluetooth, and comes with three 2-foot flex strips with adhesive on the back. I’d recommend buying extra double-sided tape just in case you move the LEDs around; each time you remove them, they lose some of their stick. The lights are energy-efficient, have an adjustable white color temperature, and a range of 16 million colors. The only feature I wish Sylvania included—one that LIFX does—is is the ability for the lights to automatically rotate through colors. With these lights, you can only adjust brightness and change colors.

Easiest To Use

Eve Smart LED Light Strip
Requires no extra hub.Amazon

This next option—a single 6.6-foot, 1,800-lumen LED strip—is the newest to the market. Like others, they can be trimmed at certain points to create a shorter segment. Once you cut it, you can’t reconnect the two pieces. The Eve LEDs can be extended with additional strips and reach up to 32.8 feet. The LEDs produce a full spectrum of whites and colors and are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit—therefore voice controlled with Siri. This setup requires no extra hub.

More Coverage For Less

Great as a cheaper, worthwhile contender.Amazon

If you’re looking for a longer LED strip option, these Govee LED strips come in a two pack that reaches up to32.8-feet-long. They can be controlled via their app on your smartphone or with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.