Smart LED Strip Lights Works with Apple HomeKit9.2/10 (Expert Score)
Smart LED Strip Lights Works with Apple HomeKit, 32.8ft WiFi RGB Strip, Compatible with Siri, Alexa&Google and SmartThings, App Control, Protective Coating Design
- 114 REVIEWS LIGHT STRIPS
- 45 REVIEWS APPLE HOMEKIT
- 42 REVIEWS EASY TO INSTALL
- 75 REVIEWS LED STRIPS
- 39 REVIEWS HOME APP
- 28 REVIEWS APPLE HOME
- 10 REVIEWS POWER SUPPLY
- 36 REVIEWS EASY SETUP
- 126 REVIEWS HOMEKIT
- 12 REVIEWS GOOGLE HOME
- 40 REVIEWS CHANGE COLOR
- 9 REVIEWS POWER ADAPTER
- 21 REVIEWS HOMEKIT INTEGRATION
- 47 REVIEWS EASY TO SET
- 19 REVIEWS SMART HOME
- 12 REVIEWS ALEXA AND GOOGLE
- 7 REVIEWS HIGH QUALITY
- 20 REVIEWS WHITE LIGHT
- 5 REVIEWS RED AND GREEN
- 14 REVIEWS ADHESIVE BACKING
Convenient Control: You can manage the led strip lights via voice control and smartphone. Control your light strip with Meross app or Apple Home app. (Compatible with iOS 13 or later, Android 4.1 or later).
Top Positive Review
To be upfront, I bought one of these strips and then was offered a second for free. While I was asked to write a review, it was not a requirement nor was I required to rate favorably. Everything below is my honest opinion based on experience.
That said, these lights have been perfect so far as far as functionality goes. They paired to Homekit on the first try and without having to disable the 5GHz single on my Eero WiFi mesh system. The response is INSTANT to turn on, change brightness, and change color. Integration with Homekit scenes is simple as well and haven’t failed me yet. This makes a fun addition to the Meross light switches that I already have in my house.
I did dock a star for what I’d consider 2 simple things. 1 is there’s no standalone remote. That means others in the house can’t turn the strip on/off, change color, etc. That may not be a big problem for most but if you’re putting this in a common area and want spouses, boyfriend/girlfriend, other friends, or kids to be able to perform basic functions, then this isn’t going to be the strip for you in terms of using Homekit unless everyone in the house has HomeKit access. I just have an iPhone while the other person in my house has Android, no HomePods or shared iPad, so this cuts her out completely from being able to use the strip. Their non-Homekit version comes with a great remote — not sure why they couldn’t include that in the Homekit version as well. The other reason for docking a star is that they don’t offer the ability to buy a power adapter separately or a shorter amount of length. This comes with 32 feet which is a LOT and honestly most of it will probably be wasted. It would be an instant 5-star if I could buy a Homekit enabled power adapter to use with the bits I cut off. In my first use case, to go under my cabinets is about 10 feet, and under my bar area is another 6. The problem is, since these areas don’t share a central point, I need 1 entire package for each area. I’m throwing away 26 feet from the first roll, and 22 foot from the second roll. HUGE WASTE! I’d love to be able to buy another power adapter or 2 and be able to use the rest of these in Homekit!
I also wish the color selection was a bit more useful. It’s just a generic color wheel and a dimmer. Want a different shade of a color? Too bad, not happening. At least a full color palette would be nice and ability to input your own RGB value would be superb. Even cheap-o “smart” LED strips have this feature.
Even while writing this I almost want to knock it down to 3-stars but I know for my use case these are mostly just going to be an on/off thing triggered by scenes in Homekit, and for that the response and reliability keep it a 4-star.
Top Critical Review
This review focuses on what I wish I had known before buying. Overall, it works and has nice color, plus the adhesive back seems to hold up well. On to the negatives:
I’m not sure if this is on Apple or Meross, but the homekit integration is not good. You can’t truly tune the colors at all via the Home app, and if you set this LED strip via automation, the color flashes during transition. I wanted it to slowly get dim over the course of 10 minutes from orange to off completely. Well each step down in brightness alters the color a bit. It goes orange then yellow then solid red. There’s no good “in-between” colors. So instead of a slow dim, it goes: orange, red, yellow, orange again, yellow… while slowly dimming abruptly. Not good if you want this in your bedroom for your wind down scene.
If you turn it off entirely, it flashes a quick blue color with about 50% brightness. So again, if this is used for a mood light and you want to turn it off, you expect to have it on a warm color and then turn it off completely. Instead, you’ll get a quick small flash of blue light.
The above issues are *mostly* solved if you use the Meross app, but I bought these specifically for the Homekit integration, and I’m sorely disappointed there. I hope an update comes along to fix those issues because other Homekit LED light strips do not have those issues.
It’s also pretty expensive, considering what it comes with. You’ll get two 16′ LED strips and 2 connectors. So you can link them together if you want. But for the price, I’d expect more connectors, some extenders, some angled connectors, etc. I had to buy a $5 LED accessory kit to get the full use from this that I’d have liked, and because it was third-party, I had a lot of cutting and soldering to make it work how I needed it.
There is also no “white” light or temperature light. It’s colored only. You can make a very warm yellow (I’d say it’s around 2200k) but that’s about it.
Lastly, I would love to have the option to buy a new controller. If you break or lose the controller, or if you want to get more functionality out of your two included LED strips, you have to buy a whole extra kid. You can’t just buy a new controller. So you’ll be paying full price again and receive yet another two 16′ LED strips. Feels very wasteful if you don’t need more than the LED strips that the base kit comes with.
Customer Questions & Answers
Any tips on connecting 2 strips with the connector? Second set turns on when I hold them together, but unsuccessful with connector.
Answer: Make sure the connector attaches directly on the contacts of each strip and pierces all the way through. I had problems getting this right the first time and had to adjust it to get it to work.
Will this work with apple homekit??s adaptive lighting?
Answer: No, unfortunately this light strip (and the meross app) doesn??t support setting white light by color temperature, which is the framework that HomeKit uses for the adaptive lighting setting (adaptive lighting adjusts the color temperature of the white your compatible smart bulbs are putting out through the day)
Since this works with Smartthings does this have a zigbee or zwave in the controller, or how is it doing the connection?
Answer: This is not a zwave or zigbee device, this uses the normal wifi protocol and this integrates via the internet through samsung smarthings wifi by linking Meross app (your Meross login credentials) though Smarthings, and in the same way you also link it to Alexa and google home.
what is the max length of each power input?
Answer: There is one power output in the middle, and each strand coming from either side of the power brick is 16 feet.
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