Aqara has launched a brand new Zigbee RGB good mild strip called the LED Strip T1. It prices $49.99, requires an Aqara hub, and is appropriate with Apple Dwelling, Amazon Alexa, Google Dwelling, and IFTTT. When paired with sure hubs, together with the Aqara Hub M2, the sunshine strip can be appropriate with the Matter good residence protocol.
The T1 is without doubt one of the only a few mild strips that assist Apple’s Adaptive Lighting function — and the one one which helps each Adaptive Lighting and Matter. It doesn’t assist Adaptive Lighting by means of Matter, sadly; nothing does. Nonetheless, it’s good to see new, Matter-compliant lighting come to market utilizing the stable Zigbee normal. (No matter occurred to that Hue-to-Matter bridge, I ponder?)
The 6.6ft (2m)-long mild strip’s Adaptive Lighting assist means you possibly can set it to robotically tune its colours all through the day to be hotter or cooler relying on the time. The one different mild strips that assist Apple’s circadian lighting function in the intervening time come from Hue and Eve (additionally the old Nanoleaf Essentials strip, which doesn’t, er, Matter).
As I mentioned although, connecting the Aqara Strip T1 to Apple Dwelling utilizing the Matter protocol as a substitute of the old school manner means you’ll lose Adaptive Lighting, because the still-nascent “common” good residence normal doesn’t at the moment assist it. The good factor is that — not like Nanoleaf’s Matter Necessities strip, which solely helps Apple Dwelling by means of Matter and thus doesn’t assist Adaptive Lighting in any respect — Aqara’s Apple HomeKit certification means you don’t have to present that up.
The T1 is an RGBIC strip, which means it might present a number of colours concurrently (versus older-style mild strips that may solely present one shade at a time). Additionally, Aqara says every of its ten segments is addressable, so you possibly can management them individually when altering colours, although that doesn’t apply to the tunable white mild portion of the LEDs, which applies to the whole strip directly.
Lastly, like different colourful good bulbs and light-weight strips from corporations like Govee, you possibly can arrange customized results throughout the Aqara app if you wish to exhibit enjoyable snaking gradients or flashing colours — it might even sync to music utilizing a built-in microphone.
The trimmable, IP44-rated Aqara T1 LED Strip prices $49.99, and a 1-meter extension equipment prices $14.99. It’s accessible at Amazon within the US, Canada, and a number of other European international locations and at different retailers listed on its “where to buy” web page.