Looking to upgrade your gaming table or streaming setup? The Govee RGBIC Neon Rope Lights allow you to bend and shape your RGB lighting with excellent diffusion. At $67.99, are they worth picking over a traditional LED strip? Find out in our test!
- Current Price: $79.99 – Amazon$67.99 – Govee
- Color: RGBIC
- Control method: voice control, APP control, control box
- Length: 3m
- Waterproof: Yes
- Voltage: 24V
- Delivery content
- Plug adapter * 1
- Control box * 1
- Installation accessories (buckle + screw + 3M glue) * 10
- Manual * 1
- Service card * 1
Customize your lighting experience
Like you, many of us are on a tight budget and can’t afford the higher cost of Philips Hue lights in our homes and arcades. Even with these tighter budgets, it’s still possible to improve your setup over time to keep it looking fresh and exciting. This is where Govee comes in.
Govee is a brand we’ve looked at a lot here at the MMORPG over the years, and with good reason: their ethos seems to be about democratizing customizable RGB lighting. As a brand, they were on the rise, delivering excellent and affordable alternatives to popular options from other brands. We looked at this around this time last year Govee Flow Pro Light bars that added reactive lighting behind your gaming monitor. It wasn’t long after that Govee Glide wall lights which adds neon tube lighting to your room at an affordable price. Going way back, we can see that even when the brand still carried its old name, Minger, its RGB strips offered impressive customization compared to the other options available at the time.
In other words, Govee has been around for a while and has one of the best track records when it comes to balancing cost and quality. In all honesty, its aim seems to be to make brands like Philips Hue obsolete. We know that sounds exuberant and it’s not meant to be. Ask yourself this: If you’re not in the Hue ecosystem yet, why spend 2-3x more when Govee offers 99% of the features and sometimes even better performance? They wouldn’t, and that’s why they’ve been on a steady uptrend since the minger days. This company is onto something.
So when they inquired about their new RGBIC Neon Rope Lights I had to take a look. Compared to traditional RGB lights, string lights have a thick silicone diffuser that allows you to make different shapes. Or in my case wrap around a door frame. They offer an extra level of versatility and an attractive soft lighting effect that can really bring a play area to life.
In the box you get all the materials you need to assemble your light. I was sent the 3M (10ft) version, but the company also has a 5M (16ft) version available and a 2M (6ft) version that will be released soon. My 10ft strip also included a set of ten aluminum mounting brackets to hold the light and some alcohol prep pads to prep the mounting surface. The aluminum mounts come with 3M adhesive pre-applied on the back, but the company also includes screws and anchors for drywall if you’d rather permanently mount the mounts. I used the 3M strips and they worked very well.
Once the bar is installed you need to plug it into the wall. Like Govee’s other accessories, the power adapter is big and chunky. This isn’t a big deal if you only have one Govee peripheral, but if you have several like me or other devices with large adapters, it can become a real problem. Govee is at the point where they really need to create a hub or docking station that can power multiple devices at once.
The light can be controlled with the included inline remote control or with the Govee Home app via Bluetooth or WiFi. WiFi connectivity also allows for integration into your smart home with native Alexa and Google Home integration. You have to create an account to use the app, which I wasn’t a fan of, but the app can save all your settings across devices. Having recently updated my phone I had planned to re-add and set up all my Govee lights but all my settings were saved and ready to go.
Once inside the app, you have a massive range of options at your fingertips. Each of the 15 segments of the light can be color adjusted across the full RGB spectrum, with even the ability to choose the relative brightness per section. You can choose from dozens of preset themes and animations. You can test images to choose complementary lighting schemes (ideal if you’re using them behind a monitor with a custom background image). The inline remote even has a built-in microphone so you can see reactive effects that pulse and shift to your music. If you find that this isn’t correct, you can switch to using the direct audio output from your phone and remove the microphone from the equation. All of this is due to Govee’s RGBIC technology, which enables advanced lighting effects that other RGB strips are not capable of.
You can also use the app to combine several lights into groups. I have the Glide Wall Light and the Neon Rope Lights in my closet. The app allows me to control and adjust these as a unit. Outside of these groups, you can also customize a number of commands, such as B. Set your lights on a schedule or integrate auto-run commands via the smart home function. It’s an impressive range that, yes, requires you to have an account and would be better off if you didn’t, but honestly it’s worth it when you consider these lights.
Are they better than an LED strip?
Definitely yes. It’s pretty well known here in the MMORPG that I’m an RGB fan. I’ve used regular RGB strips extensively and up until last year had a set wrapped around the back of my desk to backlight my system. RGB strips have their place, but their lack of spread makes them ill-suited to being directly visible like the RGBIC Neon Rope Light can. These should be displayed, RGB strips should be hidden.
Compared to the vast majority of RGB strips (does not include Govee’s DreamColor strips), these offer considerably more customization. Affordable RGB strips typically rely on dedicated remote controls to select the color. Bluetooth-enabled strips often have app control. But none I’ve seen — including researching dozens of competing strips for separate features — offer the level of customization that the Govee Home app offers. The sheer amount of themes and animation options available here is extremely impressive.
That’s not to say there aren’t cons when choosing a rope light. Regular RGB LED strips can be cut to size. These must be purchased in specified lengths and are not intended for cutting. The silicone on the diffuser also has a somewhat sticky quality that will capture and hold any dust or hair that may be nearby. We have three cats and a dog and the strip picked up fur as soon as my cat entered the room. It’s nothing a little cleaning can’t fix, but that means you probably don’t want to look too closely at these when they’re off.
I also wish Govee had included three or four extra mounting tabs. For the 3M length, the ten lugs that come with it aren’t enough to completely eliminate some rattling in the line. The mounts are hard to find and can be expensive. See what I’m referring to in the image below to decide if that would bother you.
The Govee RGBIC Neon Rope Light is an excellent addition to the Govee catalogue. At $67.99 direct from Govee or $79.99 from Amazon with Prime Shipping, it’s expensive on its own and affordable compared to others. The biggest downside really is that there isn’t a great way to power multiple devices that you might own. Overall this is another great release from Govee.
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