LED lighting has come a long way, and I’m not just talking about light bulbs.
Specialty lighting, like you might see in a restaurant or retail setting, is more affordable than ever, and the number of choices is mind-boggling.
For a few years now, I’ve used LED strip lights for under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen.
Strip lights are just what they sound like — strips of very flexible plastic with LED lights and circuitry attached. There are LED lights spaced out on the strip every few inches. The LEDs are very bright, don’t get too hot and they can change colors with the push of a button.
I’ve been testing two LED lighting systems from Govee, the Glide Hexa Light Panels ($199 at Amazon.com) and the Neon LED Strip Light ($199.99 at Amazon.com). There are currently coupons on each light’s Amazon page.
Both use multi-color LEDs and are designed to accent the lighting in your home or office.
I installed both sets in my office.
My office is in a basement with no windows. There are three of us in one big room, and we each have a rather large cubicle.
As a group, we decided not to use the overhead fluorescent lights, which are just too bright and sterile-looking.
We have lamps, some pointed to the ceiling to put a warmer, darker glow to the space.
In the last few years, I’ve brought in a few LED lights — a strip light for around the top of my cubicle walls and a round LED desk lamp.
My office is the perfect place to test the Govee lights.
Both sets can be voice-controlled by Alexa or Google voice assistants.
Govee Glide Hexa Light Panels
These are hexagon-shaped plastic panels that house multicolor LED lights. You can arrange the hexagon lights in any number of configurations.
The free Govee app will let you lay out the panels on your phone’s screen, then the app will give you directions for connecting the panels.
On the back of each panel is a round housing with a numbered outlet facing each side of the hexagon. The layout of the panels determines which outlet you need to use when connecting the panels.
It sounds harder than it is. I created a simple layout of two vertical rows. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish to get all the panels mounted and connected.
The Govee Glide Hexa Light Panels
The first panel is plugged into the wall, and the remaining panels connect to each other with thin connectors.
Each panel attaches to the wall with a removable double-sided adhesive.
These lights can really bring out your creative side. The panels can take on any layout you like, but since they are all wired together, the panels need to touch each other on at least one side.
The kit comes with 10 hexagon light panels, and you can use some or all of them, and you can even add another set if you’d like more panels in your design. Note that adding …….