ST-compatible RGBW LED Strip Controller Reviews (2023)

Can someone here give me a little guidance on what am reading with regards to the brand GLEDOPTO. I am trying to figure out which or their rgbw controllers I would want. I will be connecting it to the hue hub. The preference would be for it to function identically to the hue branded lights in the app. I’m seeing the below options to choose between but would appreciate a little helping choosing the one that fits that previously mentioned criteria. I am between the gl-c-007p, gl-c-008p, ‎Zigbee Rgbcct Controller 1id, gl-c-007, Zigbee Rgbcct Controller 2id, New Mini 5 in 1 Controller.

Here is the amazon listing:

I’m honestly struggling to see the difference in many of them.

Will all of them stay off after a power failure if they are already off?

Thank you all for helping me with this. Feels like 100 options of the same thing to me.

That feature is only available to hue devices on the hue bridge where you can set the power on behavior.

The following post has a good explanation of the kinds of differences different Gledopto models offer:

It’s a couple years old, so it doesn’t include the new five in one, but it should help.

Ahhh, so anything that is a “works with hue” type situation wont have that capability (i.e. not hue branded)? I assume these bridges fall in the “works with” area as I have read they can be connected to the bridge.

Sorry for asking for clarification but I think I follow you.

Thank you for this @JDRoberts. This will be very helpful to me and others.

Power-on behaviour is only supported on Philips Hue lights on a Philips Hue bridge and requires the latest software update .

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I follow you now. I appreciate that response. You gotta love hue… :-/

I have two Fibaro RGBW LED strip controllers and I can never seem to get them to show the color I want. What the heck am I doing wrong??? I bought these because it sounded like they were relatively compatible.

Hi @onetrav

It is a known problem of the latest version of the android app and I don’t know if it is also IOs.

The correct color selected in the app does not work.
It works fine if you put a color from a scene or automation.

Let’s hope they fix it soon.

Is there any news @nayelyz, thanks

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Yes, the app will go back to send setColor instead of the other two separate commands but there’s no ETA on that release yet.

Linking the original post where this was reported:

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With the 5 in 1 light on or off after a power out is a setting you can choose.

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Holiday 2023 featured smart strips:

If you just want a quick and easy solution, the following smart strips all have an official manufacturer – provided integration with smartthings.

This list is limited to ones that were offering sales in November and December 2023, but when I was writing it, I pulled out a lot of the details like whether it’s moisture-resistant, brightness level, etc. so I thought it was worth re-posting here.

The prices shown were the sale prices for black Friday. I will update this post later with the list prices.

Holiday Specials:

looks like several major Home Automation manufacturers (but not Hue) have their LED strips on sale for Black Friday.

The following all have at least one manufacturer-provided integration with SmartThings. It might be cloud cloud, it might use matter, it might require the LED strip brand’s hub, it might use Zigbee and connect directly to a SmartThings/Aeotec hub. (Remember that SmartThings requires that you have a SmartThings/Aeotec hub or dongle to use matter.)

Features that will vary from model to model include brightness, whether the LEDs are individually addressable (meaning, one part of the strip can be a different different color than another part of the strip: “RGBIC” strips should be individually addressable, at least in zones), whether it also works with HomeKit or not, whether it can “dance” to music (these models have a built-in microphone that will make the lights brighter or darker based on volume in the room, getting a dancing effect), moisture-resistance, etc.

In some cases special features will only be available through the strip’s own app, not through the SmartThings integration. Also, some are more easily extended than others.

Also, pay attention to length. Some strips are about 2 m and some are about 5 m so that’s a big difference.

(I am not including LED strips which can only integrate with smartthings through a third-party like Alexa routines or ifttt, because those integrations are often not very successful with this device class.)

In alphabetical order:

1) Aqara T1

6.5’ (that’s 6 feet, not 16)

10 zones

Tunable white

Zigbee. If connected to an Aqara hub that acts as a matter bridge, it can be brought in through matter that way. That option will not require any custom code.

IP44

Supports HomeKit, including adaptive lighting

$40
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This and Govee are probably the best choice if you want to use the strip as white only for task lighting.

https://www.amazon.com/Aqara-Requires-Million-Gradient-Supports/dp/B0C5XKHCWM/

2) Govee M1

16.4’

1000 lumens

Individually addressable

Matter over WiFi

Music sync in their own app

$70

Lots of people love Govee, and the matter models are the first ones with official integration with SmartThings. Very bright. This is a good sale for them.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B42BWVLM/

3) Kasa KL420L5

16.4’

550 lumens

50 zones

WiFi

IP44, so moisture resistant

$27 (lowest price ever)

Does not work with HomeKit

2 year warranty

If you’re just looking for holiday effects, this is a great value. It’s not bright enough for, say, under cabinet lighting. But it’s really nice for special effects.

https://www.amazon.com/Kasa-Smart-SmartThings-Brightness-KL420L5/dp/B09QBD5J7S/

4) Meross MSL320

32.8’ (spliced 2 16.4 strips)

Not individually addressable

Does colors, but not white

WiFi

$30

Works with HomeKit

Describes itself as bright, but I believe it’s under 500 lm

ETL safety certification

Good quality for a budget strip, but in 2023 not having individual zones makes it feel a little outdated.


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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V57NDJQ/

5) Nanoleaf Essential Light Strip

6.4’
Not individually addressable, so the entire strip will be just one color
Matter over Thread
2000 lumens
Not moisture resistant, so not good for bathrooms
Two year warranty
$35

It’s good to see a thread offering, but the reviews on this one are that it seems to be fairly cheaply made, and it’s very hard to bend around corners. Doesn’t seem to have the usual, safety certifications, either. I’m including it because some people are interested in the thread option, but I don’t think it as well engineered as the Meross in the budget category, although it is much brighter.
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https://www.amazon.com/Nanoleaf-Essentials-Bluetooth-Lightstrip-Smarter/dp/B0C1JB8ZPT/

6) Nanoleaf Matter Holiday String Lights

20 m ( intended to cover a 6’ Christmas tree.)
Matter over WiFi
Individually addressable
250 lumens—Not very bright
IP44
Music sync options through the nanoleaf app
Two year warranty
$90

Intended to compete with twinkly, these look like Christmas tree lights. They don’t have the bending issues that the LED strip has, they come wrapped in a coil. Note that this is two connected 10 meter strips with a controller in the middle, so that may affect placement. It works for a tree because you can put the controller on the back side of the tree, but maybe not for other effects like around a mantle.


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https://www.amazon.com/Nanoleaf-Essentials-Matter-Holiday-String/dp/B0CKWLBQG5

  1. Tapo 930 (this model does not use Matter, just WiFi)
    16.4 feet
    WiFi (cloud to cloud through Tapo integration)
    50 zones
    IP44
    Music sync options through the Tapo app
    Two year warranty
    Also works with HomeKit
    $33, regularly $50

These are the ones I have. Twice as bright as the Kasa model above for only a few dollars more. Great zone effects. Local with HomeKit, cloud to cloud with SmartThings. No Matter integration, but they work out of the box with SmartThings, Alexa, and HomeKit.

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Hey all, Have not been doing much with ST the past year or so, but have any of you looked into the WLED (open source) app and a micro controller like the ESP32 ?? We are starting to head down this path, and bringing in hardware from our MFG’s soon.

Within the next month, we will have 5 Meter reels of SK6812 (5VDC) RGBIC with a dedicated 6500K white chip (4 in 1) available.

Chime in if anyone has had success using WLED along with ST currently. Thanks in advance!

Just seeing this post, but I’m currently using the Tasmota Driver and it seems to work well for power, and basic color settings.

I’m assuming your product has released by now, where can I check it out?

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