Best Alternatives to Philips Hue Light Strips iMore 2019

Philips Hue's smart lighting line can give you everything you need from smart bulbs to smart accent lighting, but there's one place where its product line fails to — pardon the pun — shine: Its smart light strip. There are alternatives, similarly priced strips that offer more functionality, and lesser priced strips that provide the same functionality. If you're looking to save a little money while adding smart accent lighting to your home, check out these alternatives!

Best overall alternative: LIFX Z Smart Light Strip

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The LIFX Z smart LED strip is easily my choice for the best Philips Hue alternative. This 6.6-foot strip has eight individual zones, meaning you can alter the color of each of these zones independently. Instead of a single accent color, you can paint your wall or entertainment center with multiple colors, creating all kinds of fun looks. The LIFX Z works with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant, which means you'll be able to use your voice to control your light strip on an iPhone, an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or any number of other smart devices. The strip is also incredibly bright and full of color — it cranks out a whopping 1400 lumens in 16 million colors and white color temperatures.

$80 at Amazon

ZeeBee Hub required: Sylvania Smart+ Light Strip

The Sylvania Smart+ Light Strip starter kit nets you three two-foot LED strips (six feet in total) that you can adhere to and mold into all kinds of shapes. With three individual strips, you can add some lighting to your favorite bookcase, create a cozy light feature for your kitchen cabinets, add some bias lighting to your television — the modular nature of this kit means you've got loads of possible arrangements. You will need a ZigBee hub to control this lighting kit, but once you've got one, you'll be able to manage your light strip with your voice using the Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

$44 at Amazon

Alexa and Google compatible: Yeelight Strip

Yeelight is another Philips Hue competitor that worth taking a look at, and its light strip is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning you can control it with your voice. The Yeelight app is easy-to-use and will allow you to choose between 16 million colors available and can even sync up to any music that you play with your phone. Plus, you don't need a hub, just Wi-Fi and the app, and you're good to go.

$60 at Amazon

USB Powered: Koogeek Smart Lighting Strip

Koogeek offers a smaller lighting strip that's power by USB, meaning its perfect to light up your desk or backlight your monitor if you have an open port on your computer. You don't need a hub, just the free Koogeek app, and the strip is compatible with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant, so no matter what smart home ecosystem you use, the Koogeek will fit in.

$40 at Amazon

Budget-friendly option: HitLights Smart Strip

The HitLights Smart Strip comes in lengths of 16.4 feet and offers 16 million colors. There's no hub required, and it can be used with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so voice control is an option. It doesn't have multiple zones, so the strip can only be one color at a time.

$27 at Amazon

More than just Philips

While there isn't a ton of competition in the smart lightning strip department, Philips Hue isn't the only one around. The LIFX Z Smart Light Strip is the closest in both features and functionality to the Philips Hue strip, so if you're looking for a slightly cheaper option that does sacrifice anything, it's your best bet. Regardless of which option you go with, a smart LED light strip will allow you to light your home your way.

Of course, if you're looking for a great and much cheaper alternative, we would suggest the Yeelight Strip. Yeelight's app is simple and gets the job done well, and you don't even need a hub, meaning you plug it in and start enjoying better lighting. It doesn't have multiple zones, nor does it work with HomeKit, but it offers a wide range of colors and even the ability to sync with your music through the app.

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