If you find the Hue LED strips too expensive or lacking in features, there are alternatives just around the corner.
Take the typical LED RGBW light strips as the following:
To integrate it with SmartThings, you need a Z-Wave or ZigBee controller between the power supply and the LED strips. The kit above comes with an IR controller but not accessible by SmartThings.
There are two devices that have promise:
The Fibaro RGBW controller is a powerful controller in a small package (smaller than AEON Z-Wave Micro Smart Energy Switch). It also can handle other inputs that I plan on using with simple open/close sensors for kitchen cabinet switches among other features.
Right now, however, there isn’t a real good device type written to take advantage of these features. It pairs as a Z-Wave dimmer which would be fine if you only wanted to control a single color LED strip. A device type for Zipato works for RGB but is awkward to use:
A more recent solution is a device from dresden elektronik wireless:
This device paired quickly as a Hue bulb and uses the color circle to control color. Since Hue doesn’t support RGBW, it does not yet control white correctly. It probably would work just fine with RGB. In theory, ZigBee should be more responsive than Z-Wave but I haven’t compared the two yet.
So it seems the devices are out there but better SmartThings device types need to be developed.