If you need extra out of your TV bias lights than a refined glow that reinforces distinction and eases eye pressure, this responsive LED gentle strip from Govee is value a strive. A comparatively cheap technique to make your TV extra immersive, Govee’s DreamColor for TV bias lighting equipment comes geared up with a digital camera that scans your display, which permits the LED strip to sync—to 1 diploma or one other—with the pictures in your TV. Lag is a matter, nevertheless, and the quantity of precision and drama you really get from Govee’s lighting results varies relying on what you’re watching, in addition to the configuration of your set.
This evaluate is a part of our ongoing protection of bias lighting for TVs and laptop displays. For extra data on this subject, and hyperlinks to evaluations of competing merchandise, check out this in-depth story.
Set up and setup
The Govee lighting strip arrives on a reel like many different bias lighting strips we’ve seen, however this one is somewhat completely different: As an alternative of a single lengthy strip, the Govee is available in three segments joined by a pair of brief coiled cords. When you’ve peeled off a plastic movie to disclose the adhesive backing, you stick the primary a part of the strip alongside the fitting rear fringe of your TV, then safe the second half alongside the highest fringe of your set, after which the third phase down the left edge.
As a result of the strip is available in three linked items, you’ll be able to’t merely lower it to suit your TV like different bias lighting strips we’ve tried. When you use the Govee on a TV that’s smaller than 55 inches (as I found to my chagrin after I put in it on my 46-inch Sony Bravia TV), you would possibly discover that the primary two segments are too lengthy, and slicing them will disconnect the opposite sections. I used to be capable of tuck the surplus lighting across the curved corners of my set, however I’d suggest you solely set up the strip on a TV that’s the really helpful 55- to 80 inches (measured diagonally).
Subsequent comes the compact Govee digital camera, which you’re supposed to stay on prime of your TV close to the center, with the digital camera lens parallel to the ground. Positioned this manner, the digital camera will get sufficient of a have a look at your TV display to gauge the pictures and colours within the image.
Lastly, you’ll want to stay the Govee management field (which is roughly the scale of a deck of playing cards) onto the again of your TV, after which join the lighting strip and the digital camera by way of a pair of USB Sort-A ports, whereas an AC adapter plugs right into a barrel-shaped energy port.
Now comes the software program, which comes within the type of the Govee House app for iOS and Android. As soon as you put in the app and fireplace it up, it’ll immediate you to create a Govee account (which you’ll be able to solely do throughout the app, not on a desktop browser), after which to find new Govee gadgets by way of Bluetooth. The app rapidly discovered and paired with my Govee lighting strip.
Connecting the Govee to my Wi-Fi community proved to be a bit extra tough. As with too many different sensible gadgets, the Govee solely connects to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks, and it refused to connect with my dual-band community. I needed to tweak my community settings to create a 2.4GHz-only community, then faucet within the SSID manually into the Govee’s Wi-Fi settings display. (The app routinely fills within the identify of the community that your cell gadget is linked to, however it gained’t scan for different obtainable networks.)
After you will have the Govee linked to Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to combine it with Amazon Alexa or Google House, which lets you management the lights by way of voice instructions (e.g., “Alexa, flip Govee gentle strip off.”)
Final however not least, you’ll have to calibrate the digital camera’s lens to make sure it’s precisely monitoring your TV’s display. As soon as on the calibration settings, you’ll see a nonetheless picture of what the Govee’s digital camera sees, and you may assist focus the digital camera’s gaze by dragging a collection of 5 factors to the 4 corners and the highest of the display.
It’s value noting that the Govee strip doesn’t include a bodily distant management; as a substitute, it’s essential to management it utilizing the Govee House app.
Upon getting the Govee’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections found out, you can begin taking part in with its lighting modes. On the most simple stage, you’ll be able to change between eight coloration presets, or use a pair of sliders to fine-tune a coloration.
The Govee additionally affords eight lighting scenes, from Dawn and Sundown to Candlelight and Snow Flake. Dawn, for instance, slowly (and repeatedly) fades in a heat glow, whereas Snowflake has extra of a cool, pulsating look. You may as well create customized lighting scenes with your individual colours and results.
Subsequent up is a Music mode that makes use of a built-in microphone to sync the lights with no matter music (or any noise in any respect, really) is inside earshot. 4 Music settings (Energetic, Rhythm, Spectrum, and Rolling) dial up quite a lot of pulsating results, and the outcomes are eye popping and eye-catching.
Lastly, we get to the principle course: video syncing, which you’ll be able to allow by tapping the Video button within the Govee House interface. When you faucet the button (and assuming you’ve calibrated the Govee’s digital camera accurately), the Govee lights ought to start syncing with the motion in your TV display.
With all our set up and setup accomplished, how does Govee’s bias lighting look as soon as it’s syncing together with your TV? Nicely, it relies upon.
I bought the perfect outcomes when watching full-screen (or 1.85:1 side ratio) films and exhibits, which give the Govee’s digital camera probably the most image to scan. The Govee additionally loves brilliant, daring colours. I discovered that the Govee labored significantly nicely with James Cameron’s Avatar (which is offered in a full-frame 1:1.85 side ratio on residence video), with the purple Tree of Souls and the massive Navee assault close to the tip of the movie yielding large, multi-color splashes of coloration on the wall. That stated, there was somewhat lag because the Govee struggled to maintain up with the motion on the display, and the lights sometimes made some odd coloration decisions earlier than righting themselves.
For films and exhibits with drab colours, nevertheless, the Govee’s lighting results turn into way more subdued. Because the doomed astronauts explored the derelict ship in Alien, the Govee gentle strip tended to park at a bluish-purple hue, though the lights would kick up once more throughout close-ups of fluctuating CRT shows. The identical factor occurred as Ron Howard and mates cruised of their vehicles in American Graffiti; extra purples and blues. Even the black-and-white Psycho bought the blue remedy, an impact Hitch in all probability wouldn’t approve of.
To be honest, my explicit TV may very well be partially accountable. Not solely is its 46-inch display smaller than the really helpful 55-inch minimal, it additionally has giant bezels that go away the Govee’s digital camera lens a superb 4 inches above the precise picture, or nearer to seven inches away within the case of widescreen (2.35:1 or better) films which have been letterboxed.
In any occasion, the Govee’s digital camera is sort of delicate to your explicit TV setup, which implies your mileage will fluctuate by way of its syncing efficiency.
Past its TV syncing skills, the Govee bias lighting equipment additionally helps alleviate eye pressure by boosting the general ambient gentle within the room with out casting gentle instantly on the display. The lights additionally enhance your TV’s obvious distinction, however the brilliant pulsing colours might even have the impact of distorting the precise colours within the image, whereas additionally robbing element from darker areas of the display.
The Govee DreamColor for TV with Alexa is likely one of the least-expensive bias lighting kits we’ve seen that’s able to syncing together with your display, however its efficiency various wildly relying on what we have been watching. When you determine to provide the Govee a strive, preserve your expectations in test.