UNBOXED: Reviewing the Revogi LED Light Strips
Let me get something straight right off the top: Lighting is not something that I was very much into before getting the opportunity to review Revogi’s LED light strips. It thought it was a gimmicky sort of “tech.” Who needs dramatic lighting in their house, around their TV, or along the baseboards of their bed?
Everyone, that’s who.
Five minutes after installing the Revogi lights around my TV, I finally got it. They’re awesome. Dramatic lighting can completely change the look and feel of a room. Granted, I’m not cool enough to ever even come close to installing these things around my bed (read: the wife said no), placing them around the backside of a TV creates an awesome effect that is completely customizable.
The lights themselves consume roughly 7 watts per meter, according to Revogi, which is on par with the 6-8 that an LED light bulb uses. Given the two and three meter options the strips come it, you’re talking about 14-21 watts per strip—still less than your average incandescent bulb. The strips come with two different plug-in options as well: one allows you to plug the lights directly into a wall outlet while the other is a USB connection that works through any USB outlet in a TV or computer.
The thing about the Revogi lights that really makes them a must-own is the app that allows the user to control the settings of the lights. The Delite app by Revogi give the user access to the 16 million different color combinations the LED strips are able to produce, as well as a whole host of features. Among them, various programmed “light shows” like a color cycle, strobe lights, a candle flicker, a music visualizer (that works through your phone’s microphone), and a shake function that will change the light colors when you shake you phone.
Setup is done via Bluetooth through the app, and the user can control up to 10 different Revogi smart light strips simultaneously. They can be set up in scenes, on timers, and in other ways similar to the myriad DIY smart home products out on the market.
The only knock I found against the Revogi lights: they get applied to a surface using the 3M strip embedded along the reverse side of the light strip. And if you’ve ever hung something with tape and then tried to take it down and rehang it somewhere else, you probably understand why I’d find this to be more than just a little annoying. You can certainly MacGyver a way to effectively re-hang them, but you don’t go into a purchase like this thinking that that is something you’d have to do.
However, there’s enough to love about the Revogi lights that I can overlook the 3M situation. All of that form and functionality is packed into a product that retails for $50. That’s beyond reasonable for a product that would otherwise be considered a minor smart home luxury.