Sick of climbing that ladder yearly to place your lights up? Contemplate a everlasting set of good lights. This weatherproof mannequin from Govee scores an IP67 rating (IP65 for the management field) and may deal with temperatures of –4 to 140 levels Fahrenheit. They’re designed to be up year-round. I (Simon) examined the 100-foot string (200-foot can be an choice), which comes divided into six sections, with an extension wire to department from the decrease stage to your roof line. Every bulb is round an inch and a half sq. and juts out an inch. A flat cable joins them collectively at 18-inch intervals. Set up was pretty simple for essentially the most half, with the adhesive sticking properly to the plastic underhang of my dwelling. I used the provided screw clips to tidy up some cables and repair them extra securely. You may minimize them, and connectors are included, however this activity shouldn’t be for the faint of coronary heart.
Govee gives every part however the kitchen sink in its busy companion app. You may set colours in zones (two per part), tweak the colour temperature, and select from a frankly bewildering array of lighting results, known as Scenes. Christmas is properly represented within the Competition part of the Scenes, however there are additionally some good results in there for different holidays like Halloween. Relying on your house, they’ll function function lights. The white seems fairly elegant, and so they can get fairly shiny (as much as 50 lumens a bulb). There may be Matter assist for simple setup, and you should utilize voice instructions with Alexa or Google Assistant.
If you have already got different Govee lights, you’ll benefit from the capability to group them for shared results, and you’ll schedule them, create results, and even sync them to music or sound, although this feels gimmicky. They appear expensive till you evaluate them to different everlasting lighting. If you happen to don’t have a lot of an overhang, the lights will forged shadows and make shapes on the wall (Govee suggests putting in 1 to three inches out, and I’d suggest additional in case you can). My home is pretty small, so I solely wanted 4 sections. I want the lights had been nearer collectively, and a bit extra delicate. If seen bulbs and cables annoy you, these aren’t for you.