Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: Satechi RGB LED Light Strip Review

Originally when I finished the desk, I did not want to add any lighting to the inside. I like the clean, modern look of the desk with the blue LED accent the power buttons give. After a few days of using the desk, I started thinking LEDs inside may not be a bad idea. I was looking around at different LED strips and decided on a strip that would be powered by the PSU. I think having an external power brick solely for LEDs is a bit overkill. The Satechi RGB LED strip (Amazon) was the answer! It has two 12" RGB LEDs powered by one Molex pass-through adapter. Another nice feature was the remote control to change the colors.
Front of Box

Back of Box - Contents


Contents and Size comparison
 I like how the kit comes with an extension. This allowed me to use one strip per computer cubby. One thing that might be an issue for some is you MUST use the extension if you want use both strips. The connectors do not seem very solid. When I was installing the strips with the included adhesive, the lights kept flickering because the connection was not solid. I ended up using the included zip ties to make an "X" pattern which secured the connectors together.

IR sensor poking out the back of the desk.




 Another really cool feature is the different strobe effects on the remote. The remote has 4 effects: Flash, Strobe, Fade, and Smooth. I don't think there is much of a difference between Strobe and Fade. Flash and Smooth are also very similar except Smooth transitions between more colors. You can also increase or decrease the transition speed. You can also change the intensity of the light but only when a single color is displayed, not when any of the effects are on.

 Overall, I am very satisfied with the Satechi RGB LED strip. It was a very easy install and provides great lighting output. I like the ability to change the colors via the included remote. The connectors can be a little more solid especially if you move work in your case a lot.