An affordable and easy-to-use colored light strip, Wyze Light Strip Pro offers a host of features, but lacks some key features found on its more expensive competitors. Capable of glowing multiple colors at once, the Alexa and Google Assistant compatible Light Strip Pro supports up to 16 million colors and a wide range of color temperatures, and you can group it with other Wyze lights and use it in Wyze “Rules” and routines. smart. There is also a music mode that allows the Light Strip Pro to sync with your music, along with a vacation mode and the ability to match the color of the sun.
Unfortunately, you cannot combine multiple Light Strip Pros into one longer strip, as you can with the more expensive Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, nor can you reuse any parts that you have trimmed. And while the Animated Music mode is great, there are no other animated and / or dynamic light modes. Finally, we want Wyze rules and smart routines to be able to trigger lighting scenes instead of just basic colors and brightness settings.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart bulbs, where you will find reviews of competing products, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when shopping in this category.
Specifications and design
The Wyze Light Strip Pro comes in two lengths: five meters (16.4 feet, $ 28) and 10 meters (32.8 feet, $ 41), and the 10-meter version consists of two five-meter strips connected by a central controller. However, according to Wyze, you cannot create a 10 meter Light Strip Pro yourself by purchasing two of the five meter strips and trying to connect them, nor can you connect additional light strips to the 10 meter model; in other words, it’s five meters or ten, and that’s it. Competitor light strips, such as Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, do allows you to add extensions to lengthen the original.
In addition to the Light Strip Pro, Wyze also sells the less expensive Light Strip ($ 20 for the five-meter model, or $ 36 for 10 meters), a similar LED colored light strip that lacks the Pro’s ability to shine on. several colors at the same time.
While you can’t combine multiple Light Strip Pros yourself, you can cut them to fit. As with the Hue Lightstrip Plus and its like, the Light Strip Pro can be cut with a normal pair of scissors, as long as you cut them at specific points about a foot apart; Cut the strip in the wrong place and you could damage your electronic components. Unlike the Lightstrip Plus, which comes with connectors that allow you to reattach the cut sections, the cuts you cut from the Light Strip Pro cannot be reused.
The LEDs in the Light Strip Pro can glow in up to 16 million colors and offer tunable white options and, unlike the Wyze Light Strip, the Light Strip Pro comes with 16 customizable color zones that allow the ride to emit up to 16 different colors. simultaneously. As I just mentioned, Wyze Light Strip can only glow in a solid color.
When it comes to lumens, Wyze’s specs spell out in great detail how many lumens the blue, red, and green LEDs emit per meter. Rather than trying to break all of that down, I’ll just tell you that the Light Strip Pro is roughly as bright as competing light strips I’ve tested, which is to say it’s bright enough for ambient lighting but not adequate for illuminating. . a workspace or lighting a room on its own.
Like Wyze’s other smart lights, the Light Strip Pro doesn’t rely on a hub, but can only connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks.
Installation and configuration
As with most other LED light strips, the Wyze Light Strip Pro has a peel and stick adhesive backing, so you just have to peel off the plastic film, place the light strip where you want it to be. go and then press it firmly. In my case, I installed the light strip on the back of a horizontal bar on my daughter’s bunk, and since the five meter strip was too long, I cut a segment (carefully cutting along a marked section) using a pair of scissors. You can also secure the strip with the included plastic clips.
With the Light Strip Pro attached to a suitable surface, then connect the controller to the end that has a connector cable attached (and ideally, you have planned ahead to make sure the end of the strip cable is facing in the correct direction). The single button square controller has its own peel and stick backing and in turn connects to a power cord with a 90 degree angled wall wart.
Once I had the Light Strip Pro in place and plugged in, the LEDs started flashing blue, indicating that the strip was in pairing mode. The Wyze app found Light Strip Pro in just moments, and the app managed to connect the strip to my Wi-Fi network on the first try. Then I gave the strip a name and it was ready to go.
Functions and functionalities
The attractive Wyze interface for controlling Light Strip Pro (and other Wyze lights, for that matter) consists of three tabs: Layout, Scenes, and Music.
The Design tab offers your basic color wheel along with a white color temperature (allowing you to adjust the color temperature from a very warm 1800 Kelvin to a cool 6,500K daylight). Just below the color wheel are a series of one-touch color swatches, while a brightness slider sits near the top of the screen.
If you want to take advantage of the multi-color capabilities of Light Strip Pro, press and hold the light strip icon; doing so invokes a grid representing the 16 color zones of the strip. Then select one or more of the color zones (you will need to take into account if you have lost some of the color zones due to strip trimming), discard the zone selector, adjust the color wheel, then rinse and repeat to the other color zones until you are satisfied.
You can save a multi-color pattern in the Scenes tab, along with any other single-color scenes you have created. In addition to the custom scenes, there are four preset solid color scenes (Energy, Games, Movie, and Meditation) and color temperature scenes (Nightlight, Cozy, Bright, and Energized). And because you can group Light Strip Pro with other Wyze lights (including Wyze Bulb Color and additional Wyze light strips), you can save lighting scenes that involve entire groups of lights, not just the individual Wyze strip.
The Music tab is where Light Strip Pro’s multi-color features really shine, literally. Using the controller’s built-in microphone, the light strip can pulse along with any tune within earshot. There are 10 music modes available, including Shadow, Jump, Blink, Marquee, Color Focus, Water, Sea Wave, Shooting Star, and Starlight, while a slider allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the effects. Overall, Music mode does a good job of creating wonderful multi-colored light shows that are in sync with your music.
Unfortunately, the only way to activate Music mode is from the Wyze app. You can’t do that with Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands (Alexa just said “What do you mean?” When I tried), and the single-button controller only lets you toggle between a series of solid colors, while a long press turns off the strip.
Also, it’s worth noting that, for now at least, Music mode is the closest the Wyze Light Strip Pro gets to animated lighting scenes. There is no way to create a non-musical light show with the strip, nor are there any preset animations. The good news is that Wyze is “working on this,” according to a representative, who added that the color animations without music are scheduled for “early next year.”
Other Light Strip Pro features include wake-up and bed routines that gradually brighten or dim the LEDs, a “Sun Match” mode that approximates the sun’s natural color temperature, and a vacation mode that turns the strip on and off in moments. random. You can also add Light Strip Pro to a Wyze ruler, which enables such smart features as turning on the strip or changing its color when, for example, your Wyze Cam detects a person.
Unfortunately, Wyze’s rules cannot trigger a lighting scene; instead, the only parameters within a ruler for Light Strip Pro are its power state, brightness, color, or white color temperature. That means any custom light scenes you’ve created, including elaborate multi-color scenes, can only be activated manually in the Wyze app. The same limitation also applies to Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands and routines; As is, voice assistants can only adjust Light Strip Pro’s power state, brightness, and color (using a basic color palette). Wyze tells me that he is “evaluating” allowing Wyze’s rules to trigger light scenes, but that “there is not yet a solid schedule for delivery.”
There’s a lot to like about Wyze Light Strip Pro, as long as you keep your expectations in check. We like its easy setup and installation, the Music mode is appropriately eye-catching, we’re always fans of vacation and sun combination modes, and compatibility with Alexa and the Google Assistant is always a bonus. Keep in mind though, those cool multi-color animations are restricted to Music mode, and while you can trim Light Strip Pro, you can’t add more segments to make it longer or combine multiple strips into a single, longer one.