Govee’s Glide Hexa light panels are a great alternative to Nanoleaf’s light panels

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Govee has added a new wall lamp to its arsenal of RGBIC offerings, and it may well be the company’s best product yet.

I’ve tried other Govee lights in the past and the Glide Hexa easily outperforms them (literally and figuratively), be it something as simple as the unboxing experience for the overall quality of the product and the light it produces.

Although the box may seem small at first glance, everything inside is packed perfectly, including connectors, a 24v power adapter, extra adhesive strips, a spirit level, a control box that acts as the brain of the light and a total of ten matte textured Hexagonal panels, with 9 cm on each side.

Setting up the lights took me a little longer than I expected as I dived in without trying the basics first. I’ve wanted to have Nanoleaf-esque wall panels for a while, and you could say the excitement got the better of me.

You have to be meticulous in setting up the lights and sticking it to your wall. For reference, each hexagonal panel has 5 ports on the back. You are supposed to first create the shape/pattern you want the lights to be set up like in the Govee app, calibrate it and the app tells you which ‘numbered’ port to use to connect the lights together. connect as shown in the screenshot below. Read the instructions in the app before starting the installation, and you should be good. The app also recommends some pre-made shapes and patterns that you can use if you’re not feeling creative.

After setting the desired shape in the app, the rest of the installation process is relatively easy. You connect the main power cable to the panel marked ‘1’ and connect the next one according to the numbers marked on the app.

Each panel has a 3m tape on the back that holds the panel in place, but if you mess it up the panel can be pulled off the wall without damaging it. The connectors that join all the panels together are flexible, so you can bend them behind any hexagon so they don’t stick out. Because they are flexible, you can also place the panels over two walls, such as in the corner of your room.

A great tool that comes with the lamps is a small spirit level that can be placed on top of any hexagonal panel to measure whether you are placing it straight or skewed. This is not a necessary addition to the product, but it is a useful one.

I wish the main power cable (the one that connects to panel number 1) was a bit thinner. Although it is white in color, it still sticks out like a sore thumb on my light blue wall. The great thing is that it is one meter long and comes with an extension cord, so you can place the lamps wherever you want, even if there is no socket nearby.

The panels look great even when not turned on, thanks to the matte finish and seamless look between each panel, although the lights are a different beast when turned on.

The lights are RBGIC, meaning they can display multiple shades of a color per panel at once, and that’s reflected when you select some of the lighting modes in the Govee app. More on that later.

RGB lights, on the other hand, can only display one color per panel and switch colors quickly, like Nanoleaf’s Light Panels.

In my opinion, RGBIC panels look better. Being able to cycle through different color tones per panel will give you a more immersive backdrop to your setup. Think of it like an aurora in the sky, or a fire in a field.

An aurora is green, but it is not the same shade of green everywhere, while a fire is yellow and orange, but with different shades of the colors everywhere.

In addition to having a matte finish, all panels are translucent, allowing light to shine on the wall behind the panel, creating a ‘glow’-like design that looks great in a pitch-dark room.

Speaking of a darkroom, if you’re having parties at home, the Glide Hexa’s music mode will certainly do the trick. Govee’s music mode has always been a great feature in its products, although it really shines with the Glide Hexa. For starters, the Hexa takes up more space than the company’s other products, so it naturally creates a more immersive atmosphere. I also feel it is more accurate at picking up beats and vocals, and renders the lights accordingly.

It’s worth noting that the control box (the brain of the operation) is responsible for listening to sound signals for the music mode, and it is sensitive, so it will also pick up other sounds around it, which can result in inaccuracies in the lighting effect.

Music Mode on the Hexa has a few new features that other Govee lights don’t, in addition to an option that lets you set which direction the lights travel in, ie left to right, right to left, center to outer panels or other way around.

Color mode, on the other hand, gives you full control over each panel, including brightness and color schemes.

The app also offers a wide variety of pre-made scenes, such as “Aurora” and “Fire” that I mentioned earlier. There are scenes for every mood; from fast-moving, epilepsy-inducing scenes like ‘Disco’ and ‘Dance Party’ to scenes you can leave on all day like ‘Flower Field’, ‘Sunset Glow’ and ‘Optimistic’.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the Govee Glide Hexa, especially since I’ve been eyeing wall panels for a while. They are not ‘in your face’ LED lights, but they will certainly draw attention at the same time.

What can Govee do to improve its lights in the future? I feel that the edges of each panel are too pronounced, which makes each hexagon stand out from the others. The edge/edge/bezel of the panels do not have any lights underneath, so they don’t shine as brightly as the inner part of the panel. While I don’t mind the look, I’d like the edges to light up too, so the light looks like one giant shape rather than multiple hexagons connected together.

I’d like to see Govee update the hardware to include lights all the way to the border, and an update to the software that will allow users to ‘lighten borders’ or keep them off, giving users the best of both worlds

The Govee Glide Hexa Wall Light Panel is available for $299.99 on Govee’s website. The company is also offering a BOGO promotion on many of its products until March 30.

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