Govee Glide Hexa light panels
One of the big projects my partner and I tackled in our home this year was transforming the spare bedroom into an office-slash-gaming room for him. It’s almost complete, but he craves LED lighting to make his gaming setup stand out. When I saw the Govee Glide Hexa Pro Lights I knew they would be the perfect finishing touch to the room.
To get a feel for how these cool hexagonal LED lights work, I tested them over the course of a month, playing around with all the smart features and different settings.
Here’s what I loved about the hexagonal Govee lights, as well as a few things to keep in mind before you buy.
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What we like
You can create your own configuration
These Govee lamps come with 10 hexagonal panels designed to be installed together on a wall. There is one ‘master’ panel that connects to power, and nine additional panels that you can use to create virtually any design you want.
You can arrange them in a simple straight line or create a pattern that twists and turns, and the app lets you play with different configurations before setting the lights. There are preset designs in the app that you can use as inspiration, or you can just make up your own display, which is what I chose to do.
I found that the easiest way to visualize different panel configurations was to lay them out on the floor. The only limitation to be aware of is that each panel only has ports for two connecting wires: one that supplies power from the previous panel and one that sends power to the next panel.
Basically, you can’t create branching designs where one panel is connected to three other panels. However, it was easy enough to find workarounds to bring our design to life.
Once you’ve chosen a layout, the app lets you preview what it would look like on the wall and gives you the overall dimensions of the design so you can be sure it will fit where you want it. From there, the app takes you step-by-step through the Govee lighting installation process.
There are numbers on each side of the panel, and the app gives you specific directions, such as plugging a jumper wire into the port on side 3 and taking it out on side 4.
The panels also light up when you connect them, and one side glows green so you can hold them right side up during installation. The process was a bit complicated and you have to pay attention to what you’re doing, but overall I was impressed with how much design freedom there is and the app did a great job guiding us through the process.
The settings are highly adjustable
The Govee app (available for iOS and Android) provides extremely granular control over your light display, allowing you to adjust color, brightness, lighting effects and much more.
There are dozens of different preset patterns to choose from, including trippy 3D options like “Matrix” and “Hallucinatory,” as well as serene, calming patterns like “Sunset Glow” and “Breathe.”
If you can’t find something you like, there’s also a DIY pattern maker that lets you adjust the effect, colors, speed and direction of the lights.
I spent hours playing with it and experimenting with all the different settings, and when you make something really cool you can save it and share it for other people to use.
You can also sync the lights to flash along with music, and again, there are multiple effects to choose from in this mode, as well as different color schemes and pattern directions. Basically, whatever you want the lights to look like, there’s a way to make it happen.
The set is expandable
While each set of the Hexagonal Govee lights comes with 10 panels, you can add additional panels to your setup if you want a larger screen.
You can expand your design to up to 25 panels on a single controller, giving you the flexibility to create an almost infinite number of configurations.
The brand sells three-panel extension kits for $70, and our setup would look extremely cool with a few more lights extending horizontally across the wall, so we might buy a set in the future.
What we don’t like
The tape is not the safest
Over the course of several weeks of testing, I barely had any issues with the hexagonal Govee lights. The only thing that went wrong was that one panel fell off the wall after about a week. The lamps are attached to the wall with double-sided tape and it seems that a certain panel is not stuck well enough.
I was able to stick it back on and it has held up so far, but I have to imagine it will probably fall again in the future. When that happens we will probably buy some heavy duty tape to replace the stuff that came with the panels.
The app is a bit complicated
The Govee Home app is well designed from an aesthetic point of view and works well, but it can be quite confusing to navigate because there are so many settings and menus.
When you control the lights, there are five or six different tabs you can click on, each with dozens of different buttons, switches, and other control options.
There are also certain settings that are quite similar, such as the “Timer” versus “Schedule” functions, which make it even more confusing to navigate at first.
After using the lights for a few weeks, I did get the hang of the app, but it can definitely be a bit overwhelming at first. I’ve used smart lights from other brands, such as the Kasa Smart Light Strip, and the apps were simpler in design.
Should you buy the Govee Glide Hexa Pro Lights?
Yes, they are an extremely cool addition to any room
If you’re looking for LED lights that are modern and eye-catching, the Govee Glide Hexa Pro Lights are sure to up the cool factor of any room in your home. At a retail price of $200, they’re not the most affordable LED bulbs out there, but they have a unique hexagonal design and are close to similar products, such as the Nanoleaf Hexagon bulbs.
During testing, I loved how much flexibility the Govee lights offer, both in their initial setup and in light control. The Govee app lets you choose from a wide variety of preset designs or create your own, and you can also sync the lights to music.
My only real complaint about these lights is that the app can be a little confusing to navigate at first and the double-sided tape isn’t the best.
These are minor issues, though, and overall these cool lights are a worthwhile splurge for game rooms, man caves, and any other space in your home where you want to add a “wow” factor.
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Govee Glide Hexa light panels