Govee Lynx Dream Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Outdoor String Lights Review – PCMag

March 27, 2022 by No Comments

Light strips are ideal for subtle effects, but if you want a more festive way to illuminate your patio, porch, or any other outdoor space, you’re better off with string lights like the Govee Lynx Dream. Available in 48 feet for $69.99 or 96 feet for $119.95, each string has dimmable multicolor LED bulbs that you can control with your voice or phone. They also support IFTTT applets, and you get a generous selection of preset lighting scenes and a fun Music Sync mode that’s great for parties. We would have preferred tighter spacing between the bulbs, but the Lynx Dream String Lights still earn our Editors’ Choice award for outdoor smart lighting.


Party-Ready Lighting

Govee sent me the 96-foot kit, which is simply two 48-foot strings in the same box that you connect with a coupling at the end of each one. Each 48-foot string contains 15 lights that are 3.7 inches tall and 1.7 inches wide; they use white translucent covers that resemble S14 party bulbs. Govee says that the lights should last for up to 20,000 hours with normal use. They carry an IP65 weatherproof rating, which means they can withstand rain and other inclement conditions.

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The bulbs sit 35 inches from each other on the string, which I think is a bit too far apart, but you can always shorten the gap between bulbs manually with a bit of electrical tape or plastic zip ties. Each bulb has a clip at the base for hanging on nails, stringing on a rope, or attaching to a soffit or frame.

The main (lead) string contains a 6-foot power cord with a 3.6-by-1.7-by-0.5-inch (HWD) control box that houses a power button. It also has Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radios for connecting to your home network and mobile device. When you press the button twice, the lights enter Illumination mode (more on this in a bit). You can control each bulb individually, and each one is capable of displaying the full RGB color and white color spectrums. 

As mentioned, the lights respond to Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. They also work with IFTTT, but they don’t support Apple’s HomeKit platform.


Govee App Features

You use the Govee Home mobile app (available for Android and iOS) to controls the lights. The product appears in a dedicated panel on the My Devices (home) screen. The panel shows the name of the lights, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signal status, and on and off buttons.

Tap the panel to use the Effects Lab to select colors, add them to your My Colors database, and create custom lighting effects. The Timer settings allow you to set usage schedules with gradual brightening and fading options, while the Brightness slider lets you specify the brightness level for all bulbs.

You can also choose between four Mode settings. Music Mode uses your phone’s microphone to sync the lights to whatever is playing and offers Energetic, Rhythm, Spectrum, and Rolling tempo options. Color Mode lets you select a hue from a color wheel or the My Color database. Here you can also use a slider to set white color temperatures from warm (yellowish) to cool (bluish). Tap the Scene Mode button to select a preset lighting scene such as Illumination (all bulbs are solid white), Candy (bulbs rapidly flash through all the …….

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