Best HomeKit light strips for the Home app in 2023

If you're looking to add a little extra color and light to your home, then some of the best HomeKit smart lights could be just up your street. Just like the best HomeKit smart lightbulbs, they connect to the Apple Home app and let you control the lights with your voice or a tap on your iPhone or iPad. You can even automate them so that they behave differently depending on what else happens in your home – maybe you can sync them up with the best HomeKit smart blinds to add extra privacy and ambience. We've selected some of our favorites, and put them in the grid below.

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Just as you get with HomeKit light bulbs, the best HomeKit light strips can brighten your home with rich colors 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.

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.

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