Sengled’s smart LED light strips are a great way to add ambience to your gaming rig or media center – CNN Underscored
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Adding LED light strips to the back of your TV or PC monitor lets you create an immersive entertainment experience, whether you’re gaming or just watching TV, listening to music or just trying to set a specific mood. To fit light strips into that tight space, you’ll want to be able to cut them to fit, which means an RGB light strip (without integrated ICs it can only show a single color at a time, but you’re free to use as much or as little as you like). The Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED TV Light Strips gave us the best performance for the money of any RGB strip light we tested.
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Sengled’s affordable RGB light strips come in easy-to-mount lengths that save you money when mounting on a TV or monitor for backlighting effects, and have plenty of smarts to provide the perfect ambience and audio-synchronized lighting effects for most TV or gaming situations.
Sengled’s strips come as a set of precut pieces — two 40”, two 20” and four 10” segments —— that should let you easily fit most sets up to about 75” diagonal. They attach to the back of the TV with adhesive and are very straightforward to install. We set them up on a 65-inch TV and didn’t have to cut any to size, although you can if needed. Since you can’t reuse excess pieces once they’re cut, these smaller sized strips make sure you don’t waste money cutting down longer strips. The flexible LED light strips are covered with a protective layer and fit together by attaching pins on either end. Sengled includes three corner pieces, so you don’t have to bend or twist the light strip 90 degrees to make a proper angle (something that made it more difficult to fit other light strips into tight corners — with some of the competition, bending caused the the strip to peel away or lift up, creating a dim spot).
The Sengled strips look great casting onto the wall behind the TV, creating instant ambiance, even when the TV is off. When you’re just relaxing and listening to music, you can sync the lights to dance and change with the music. A built-in microphone picks up the sound and will change the colors based on the beat.
The Sengled strips are controlled via Wi-Fi through the Sengled app or by voice control (they’re compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). Using the app you can set color temperature, choose from 16 million colors, and create routines and set schedules. Like many of the other light strips, Sengled includes a manual controller which you can use to turn the lights on or off without having to grab your phone.
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