The Govee Glide Wall Light is a great smart home lighting solution that integrates well with smart home hubs and has one of the most feature-packed companion apps that we’ve ever seen. While it doesn’t offer the premium feeling of competing products, you’ll struggle to find anything at this price point with this many features.
- RGBIC LEDs
- 16 Million Colors
- Custom Layouts
- Brand: Govee
- Integrations: Alexa, Google Home
- Protocol: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Hub Required: No
- Music Reactive: Yes
- Multicolor Capable: Yes
- A huge variety of different light modes
- Nice range of brightness settings
- Music mode is very responsive
- Very hard to snap together
- Some connectivity issues
- Can’t accept a direct Bluetooth audio input for music mode
Light plays an important role in tying the aesthetic of a room together. Sure your TV unit might look cool with all of your consoles and whatnot sitting under it, but it’s only when you get some back-lighting that things really start to resemble impressive. And let’s face it, we all love a good RGB set up on a gaming PC.
The big problem is finding a well-rounded but affordable option when it comes to true color lighting for your bedroom or gaming space. Enter the Govee Glide RGBIC Wall Light, a budget-friendly home wall light fitting from Govee, the company previously famous for LED strips and various forms of hygrometers.
Read on to find out more, watch the review video to see the Govee Glide in action, and to celebrate the launch, we’ve got one Govee Glide wall light to give away to one lucky reader! You’ll find the entry widget at the end of this review—pop your details in there to be in with a chance of winning.
The Features of the Govee Glide Wall Light
The H6062 Govee Glide Wall Light is a modular wall light system that features 16-million colors, Amazon Alexa and Google Home integration, and its own app. These wall lights also use pixel LEDs, meaning the strips can display many colors at the same time.
The system costs under $100 and comes with 6 straight light panels, a single corner light panel, a control unit, and a power adapter. You also get a quick start guide that walks you through your first time setting up the light and a user manual that goes into more detail about how the system works.
The manual warns you that you need to set up the light on a flat surface and plug it in to ensure it works before you attempt to apply it to your walls. Part of the reason for this is that the included method of affixing the glide to your walls are single-use command strips, so you need to be sure you’ve got a working light setup that you’re happy with before you commit to it.
While the setup is a relatively simple process, you need to take extreme care. A lot of force is required to snap the pieces together, and you have to make sure that you’ve got them going in straight, or you could potentially break part of the plastic off of the light strips.
Getting the Govee Glide to Stick to Your Walls
Once you do have it set up, you simply connect to the light through Bluetooth, connect the light to your WiFi, sign up for a Govee Home account, and you should be good to get started.
Setting up the light can be quite difficult, and you may want someone to help you, as the array has a tendency to bend if you try and hold the entire thing on your own. You’re better off leaving a mark and then using a spirit level to set up the array piece-by-piece. Of course, snapping the lights into place while they’re on the wall is even harder than doing it on a surface was.
The command strip system used with the Govee light is quite ingenious. Instead of using command strips in the normal way, where one side is stuck to the product and the other to your wall, the Govee light comes with a built-in Velcro-like textured surface on the back of each panel. This Velcro surface matches the same on the inside of a command strip, so you only need one per light rather than two.
Unfortunately, while the unit is relatively easy to apply, it doesn’t come with any spares. You either need to be 100% sure that you’re applying the light in the right place, or you need to purchase some spare command strips as a backup.
A Moveable and Removable Feature
On the plus side, if you do decide to move the light, it’s quite easy to do so. Simply remove the light, and pull sideways with the command strip, and you should find that the fixture comes away without damaging your paint or wallpaper. You also only have to buy a single 12 pack of command strips, and you can set up the light in 3 different places, too, thanks to those Velcro-like sections.
You can set up your Govee light in a variety of different shapes, although it is a shame that only one corner is included in the pack. This means that you’re basically limited to single corner shapes rather than anything more complex such as a box or horseshoe setup.
One feature that bears talking about is the music mode. This mode allows the light to react to music, effectively making it dance to whatever you happen to be playing. While setting up your light, you need to pay careful attention to where you’re placing the command box, as it also contains the microphone that your Govee Glide uses to input sound.
On the plus side, the external microphone method does allow any music from any source to provoke a reaction from the light. Because it measures differences in volume rather than pitch or tone, you can be sure that you’ll get a decent light show no matter what music you like to listen to.
The Govee Glide Can Get Musical
The downside is that despite having a Bluetooth connection, it’s not possible for the Glide light to pick up sound directly from a source. Instead, relying on the microphone either on the device itself or on the mobile device which controls the light. This means that if you happen to have put the microphone close to where you’ll be sitting, any noises you make will also be picked up and will affect the light display.
Taking a deeper look into the app, you’ll find that the wealth of features and modes it offers is quite staggering. The regular color selector lets you minutely control each different section of the light to craft your own stationary light bar of any color. This even extends to allowing you to select relatively brightness, the choice between gradient or solid color changes, and even the ability to turn off specific sections altogether.
The scene selector features a variety of pre-made color displays to fit various themes and moods. Some of these include things like different natural color schemes, such as the ocean, forest, or sunset glow scenes. There are also life event settings, such as fight and movie modes, as well as the particularly dangerous “siren” mode, which could really scare some of your ne’er-do-well neighbors.
A Selection of Special Scenes
There are even modes for festive occasions, such as Halloween and Christmas, though the colors selected in the Christmas category don’t actually seem to fit all that well. There are so many different scenes to choose from that it’s actually pretty much impossible to get through all of them without this review becoming necessarily long.
The final and most interesting section of the app is the DIY section. This area allows you to create, name, and share your own custom effects for the light and sort them into groups that you can switch to for various occasions, as well as download the lighting effects shared by other users.
Some of the effects in this panel are customizable versions of the scenes and music mode from the main app, but there’s also a new one called ‘finger sketch,’ which you can use to create very specific light shows with a variety of different speeds and colors.
This is possibly one of the most customizable and feature-filled apps for wall lights that you’ll find and can be used to create some truly spectacular light shows.
Some Minor Connection Problems
The biggest problem when it comes to the app controls is that the connection can be a little spotty at times. If you’ve got more than one person in the house who’s hoping to take control of the thing, then the chances are that you’re in for a complete nightmare.
If more than one person attempts to connect to the device, it’ll completely kick the original off or refuse the new user’s connection instead. Either way, it won’t work properly. Even if you’re the only person interested in controlling the light, there were occasions where we had to close and open the app several times to get it to connect correctly.
An important thing to note about the Govee Glide Wall Light is that it does integrate with both Amazon Alexa and Google’s smart home appliances, allowing you to set up voice controls for your light.
You can even set up complicated routines with the Amazon devices that combine several smart home applications into a single command. For instance, if you want, you could set it up to respond to the phrase “Alexa, do androids dream of electric sheep.”
The Govee Glide Wall Light Has Some Smart Home Woes
If I had to make one complaint about the smart-home integration is that it’s a little restricted. You can set routines to change scenes and dance to music on command, but if you’re just trying to change the settings with direct voice commands, the number of things you can do is limited.
Right now, it doesn’t seem like you can change to any scenes or modes with a voice command. All you can do is select a color or select a percentage you want to set the output to. This is the sort of thing that can and hopefully will be added with future updates to either the Amazon Skill or the device itself.
One strange note before we wrap up on this light is that there’s a notice on the back of the box that states the light shouldn’t be used for illumination and is intended just for setting the mood, which seems a bit strange.
While the wall light isn’t insanely bright, it’s at least as bright as an uplighter or bedside lamp and serves perfectly well as a source of illumination. At first, I wasn’t sure if this was something to do with being left on for extended periods of time, but we’ve had ours turned on for hours, and it’s not dimmed or felt like it was running hot.
Is the Govee Glide Wall Light Right for You?
All in all, the Govee Glide Wall Light provides you with a decent user experience with a few minor niggles that set it back a little. The ingenious inclusions of features like velcro patches for easier hanging are let down by the inability to have more than a single device connected at once and the difficulty in assembling and hanging the device overall.
At least once installed, you can be sure that the light will work well even when left on for extended periods of time. Whether it’s worth it for the price or not will depend on the individual. While it doesn’t present the premium experience you might expect from a company like Nanoleaf, the Govee Glide wall light starter kit comes in at around half of the price of competing RGBIC light panel products.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that is still loaded with features, then the Govee Glide wall Light will certainly have you covered there. Just make sure you have someone around to help you with setup if you want to have an easier time with it.
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