Top critical review
Somewhat disappointed with overall quality and performance
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 11, 2022
Are these the worst LED strip lights you'll ever use? No, not by long shot. But they're not fantastic either. They're packaged well and the unboxing is straight forward. The box includes 1 VERY SMALL alcohol wipe to clean your surfaces before mounting (1 tiny wipe per LED strip). You absolutely need to do this step and the provided wipe wouldn't be enough to clean a small scrape on your finger, so you'll need to supplement with your own supply. The double sided tape on the back of these things is okay - JUST okay. I got two of the 16.4' strips and one was markedly more adhesive than the other. I had to add some small command strips in places to keep them on the wall. If your wall has any kind of texturing, this tape won't cut it. You'll need something with a little more heft. (I recommend a thin foam double sided tape or command strips so it will hold around the wall texture - again, which the supplied tape will NOT do much at all.) If you're going around corners or bends, there are some little mounting brackets included that are very helpful in holding the LED strip against the wall, but the included screws won't do jack in drywall, so you'll likely need your own dry wall screws as well. I did.
Once mounted, the plugging in, powering up, and setting up for use on Wi-Fi was pretty easy. Their function here was definitely better than I expected. And good God are these strips bright! They put off a heck of a lot of light, even with the darker blues and reds. Thankfully the brightness is adjustable. I installed these in my teenager's room and they usually get used at night at around 5-10% of the full brightness. The integration with my Google Home setup was quick and easy and works as expected. You even get like 80% of the Govee app features natively within the Google Home app! Again, I was pretty impressed there.
Here's where the majority of my disappointments set in. Firstly, you'll notice on the box that the LED strip pictured in the foreground features MULTIPLE COLORS on the same strip at the same time. Several of the other pictures in the product description also feature color gradients across the length(s) of LED strips. This is extremely misleading as that functionality is flat out not possible with these strips. This is NOT "pixel tape." The individual LEDs are not uniquely controllable. They will all be the same color at all times. If you select red from the app, all LEDs on the strip will be red. There is no way to make some red and some blue. The way these are pictured ON THE BOX and in at least two other places in the product information seems intentionally misleading. That's frustrating as it is one of the reasons why I choose this product over other alternatives.
Additionally, within days of installing the LED strips, about 10 of the individual LEDs blue diode failed in different places around the room. Most of these were NOT on spots where the strip was bent or curved. In a total length of about 28', to have 10 LEDs fail within the first two weeks of operation is pretty abysmal. LEDs should be getting into the THOUSANDS of HOURS of use, not tens of minutes. That was incredibly disappointing. Could I send them back and ask for a refund? Probably. But then I'd have to rip the light strips off the wall - likely taking off paint with them - rebox them, wait for the seller to send me new ones, and then go through the miserable process of mounting them all over again. It's ultimately more work than it's worth.
So are these awful? No. They do a lot really well. They're an affordable color changing LED strip that gets good and bright and offers some pretty great control features. But I'd be a lot happier if they promoted their product more honestly and spent a bit more time and effort on quality control.
PROS: Surprisingly bright, easy to setup, control is intuitive, Google Home integration, affordable
CONS: Spotty quality (10+ partially dead LEDs within 2 weeks of install), misleading packaging/marketing, provided cleaning and mounting supplies are poor, power cord is likely too short if installing strips at ceiling height