“The special effects from Twinkly are abundant and give every room the perfect ambience.”
Lots of preset lighting effects
Easy assembly with adhesive strips
Custom effects can easily be set up
Very short length to work with
After setting up the Twinkly Flex a few weeks ago, I figured there wouldn’t be any other smart lights that could achieve nearly the same level of excitement that I had with the Flex’s dazzling light show. Unless it’s something Twinkly. The company’s move to year-round smart lights has so far impressed me with the performance of the Flex rather than just relying on its bread and butter Christmas lights.
With the Twinkly Line, however, it is entering a room that is already saturated with other intelligent LED light strips from the competition. Don’t be fooled if you think this is your ordinary LED light strip because the magic lies not just in its brightness intensity or different colors it can produce, but rather in the special effects you can create for a custom, unique one Can use light show.
Unlike the Twinkly Flex, which required more labor because it had to be attached to the wall with screws, the Twinkly Line is much easier to install. However, I had to be meticulous with the placement as this is meant to serve as an accent light – so you really don’t want it outside. I ended up placing it under the windowsill in my living room, which is a bit hidden apart from the fact that the power cord snakes around one side.
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The 5 foot length of the Twinkly Line proved a little tricky as I wanted to install it in one of the cabinets in my entertainment center first. However, it just wasn’t long enough to meet my needs. You can technically lengthen the length by purchasing additional 5-foot extensions that sell for about $ 37, but the cost to meet the need will add up quickly – the initial cost of the Twinkly Line is about $ 67. Dollar.
Attaching the Twinkly Line to a surface is quite easy because the underside is covered with an adhesive. Some pressure is required to ensure it stays in place while the three-prong connector is attached to one end of the conduit to complete the installation. There are clips that are included, but I found the adhesive wasn’t strong enough to stay firmly in place overnight – it instead dangled from the wall the next day.
Basically, the Twinkly Line works like almost any other smart LED light bar on the market. You can choose different colors through the app, but what makes it unique are the different special effects that Twinkly offers. From different colors in a rainbow pattern to a neat effect that mixes two colors that start at either end of the strip, it’s the customization and special effects that make it unique.
While there are several different presets to choose from in the app, you can customize the effect even better thanks to the ability to assign the lights with your smartphone’s camera. That way, the effects will be exactly the same as what you see in the app, but this becomes more apparent when you group different Twinkly lights – resulting in elaborate pattern effects that can go from side to side. The Twinkly app is straightforward to use and the ability to easily adjust the light pattern makes it special.
I think it’s great that Twinkly has entered the category of smart LED light strips with the Line. The colors are punchy and moderately bright compared to some other comparable light strips. It’s certainly not as powerful as the Twinkly Flex, but the Line still emits enough light to complement the most important lights in the house. It’s not intrusive what I like about an accent light.
Some of the special effects are pretty mind-blowing.
Some of the special effects are pretty mind-boggling, which I’ve seen with all of the Twinkly Smart Lights I’ve come across. The only real limitation here is just length, which at 5 feet forces you to really think about placement. In particular, it’s not quite as flexible as other LED light strips I’ve used, so it’s almost impossible to bend it at a 90-degree angle – although the plastic cover over the strip certainly gives the durability to potentially help it hold up long term.
Regardless, the Twinkly Line’s performance is exceptional in every season. The experience is also enhanced as it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant for quick and easy voice control. I managed to make it part of my living room lighting so that it can turn all the lights in the room on and off when I ask the Google Assistant.
The only downside here is that the price of the Twinkly Line is higher than other smart LED light strips. You’ll need to spend roughly $ 67 for the 5 foot base strip, and then an additional $ 37 for each 5 foot extension. This undoubtedly adds up quickly when your budget is tight.
Still, it’s a perfect match if you already have Smart Lights from Twinkly as the grouping feature I could add makes for a dazzling presentation when you have multiple lights with the same effect.
Is there a better alternative?
If you want to save money, you get a lot more Govee Smart LED light bar. For $ 34, you get 32.8-foot lighting to work with, which is more than enough to cover larger spaces and corners.
Philips Hue offers its own intelligent LED light strip that is priced a little higher than what the Twinkly Line currently offers. Technically, you have 6 feet of lighting to work with, but it’s an easy decision to buy if you’ve already invested in the Philips Hue ecosystem.
How long it will take?
The robust outer housing of the Twinkly Line feels super robust. While bending it at an angle is out of the question, the LED lights are encased to prevent moisture from messing up or possibly ruining the light. In the event of a defect, there is a one-year limited warranty that comes with the product.
Should you buy it?
If the cost isn’t too high for you, the Twinkly Line has a unique light show that will make your neighbors jealous when they see the show from the outside.