Best HomeKit light strips for the Home app in 2024

Adding one of the best HomeKit light strips to your smart home will improve the lighting setup around your house. Just like the best HomeKit smart lightbulbs, you can control these gorgeous LED strips with a tap of a button as well as program them using Apple Home so they switch on or off whenever you need.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any smart home and also the starting point for a lot of people looking to add their first HomeKit accessories. HomeKit Lightstrips look gorgeous placed behind a desk or a TV cabinet, infinitely improving the mood of your property — you can even sync them up with the best HomeKit smart blinds to add extra privacy.

Whether this is your first HomeKit accessory or the thirtieth in your home, these are the best HomeKit light strips to add ambiance, style, and flair to your smart home. 

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Which is the best light strip for me?

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Just like with HomeKit light bulbs, the best HomeKit light strips can brighten your home with just a tap or through voice control via Siri. Scenes can give your room the look of a natural sunset, and HomeKit automation can turn them on or off at set times through custom schedules. They also work great as holiday lighting, with suitable options for the outdoors, enabling some discreet installation options that can be left out all year.

We love the Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip, which offers cutting-edge Thread technology and incredible brightness in a wallet-friendly package. Thread makes Nanoleaf's strip incredibly responsive if you have a HomePod mini or Apple TV 4K in your home, and with HomeKit Adaptive Lighting, it automatically adjusts color temperature throughout the day.

The LIFX Color Zones Lightstrip's ability to display multiple colors simultaneously makes it another clear winner. The LIFX light strip is easy to set up, connecting to your Wi-Fi network in seconds. The Philips Hue Outdoor LightStrip Plus is another excellent option if you don't mind hubs. The Hue light strip boasts millions of colors and shades of white and works with pre-built scenes in the Hue app.

Can you connect LED lights to HomeKit?

The short answer is, yes. LED lights are some of the best HomeKit lighting accessories and these light strips will do a fantastic job at brightening up your home.

What light strips work with HomeKit?

There are so many HomeKit-compatible light strips to choose from. The options listed above are the best we've tried, and any of the choices will work a treat in your smart home.

John-Anthony Disotto
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John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

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