iHaper Smart Light Strip review – Cheap, but with limitations

iHaper Smart Light Strip review – The iHaper Smart Light Strip is not your average smart bulb. It’s a plastic strip of LEDs that you can use for accent lighting behind a TV unit, or just about anywhere else in your home. Unlike the Philips Hue Strip light, you do not need a separate hub to operate and its half the price.

You can use the use the iHaper Smart Light Strip with smart home platforms such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. But strangely enough, it’s only compatible with iOS as of the time of writing this review.

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So if you are looking to buy a smart strip light to provide some accent lighting. Then continue to read this iHaper Smart Light Strip review to see if it’s worth parting with your cash.

Please note: I am using the iHaper smart light strip from a HomeKit perspective. So the rest of the review will focus on setup, performance and use with the Home App for HomeKit.

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iHaper Smart Light Strip specs: 

  • Price: £25 UK – $35 US
  • Length: 6.6ft/ 2m
  • Smart home platforms: Google Home, Alexa and HomeKit
  • OS: iOS only
  • LED Type: RGB SMD 5050 LED 
  • Quantity: 60 * Light-emitting diodes 
  • LED Light Color: 16 Million colors 
  • Installation Method: 3M Tape 
  • Rated power: 10W 
  • Required Power Supply: DC 5V 2A 
  • Interface: USB A connector 
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 45°C (41°F to 113°F) 

iHaper Smart Light Strip review – Design

The iHaper Smart Light Strip is a 2m flexible strip of plastic filled 60 LEDs clusters, however you can’t extend like the Philips Hue option. You can also cut the strip at intervals if it’s too long, but you won’t be able to extend it once cut.iHaper smart light strip led

On one end of the strip light you find the USB which you need a 5w USB power adapter that you plug the iHaper into too; I used an Apple 5w USB charger. The extension cable is (48cm) short, so you may need an extension cable depending on your installation. In the middle of the power cable you find the control unit, which is very simple with only an iHaper logo, a reset button and the HomeKit setup code.iHaper smart light strip controller

You can also use an USB power bank to power the light strip which based on my brief testing worked pretty well.

On the back of the receiver and the strip itself, you’ll find 3M type adhesive tape that you can use to adhere the lights to any surface you choose. However, I didn’t find it worked that well and needed to use my double-sided tape for installation.

iHaper rate the Light strip at IP20. That means it can withstand humidity, but it isn’t waterproof. So, you can use it in the bathroom, but keep it away from the sink or bathtub. It is also worth noting that only the light strip has the IP20 rating, this does not include the control unit nor the USB cable.

Install & setup

Installation is straightforward, I installed this in my office/studio in the place of the existing Philips Hue strip lighting for the review. This meant I used the 3M tape to hold it in place, however I needed to use my extra tape to ensure it securely fastened in place. Once it was in place, I then plugged into a power source ready to pair with the app.

To get going you download the iHaper iOS app from the App store. When you first open the app, you will be asked for permission to access the HomeKit data. Once you have given permission, all of your existing HomeKit devices will appear, you are now ready to pair the light strip to your network.

Setting up the light strip is just as simple as any other HomeKit supported product. You click the “+” on the top right, then scan the HomeKit code on the control unit. Once the App has finished finding the iHaper smart strip light, you can then name it, then add it to a room of choice.

Using iHaper Smart Light Strip

Starting with the iHaper app, it’s not the best, but it’s not the worst smart product app I have used. The developers have followed a similar design as the Apple Home app which is split into tabs, but not as elegant.

The first tab called “Home” has all the devices you have connected to HomeKit. So you may need to hunt for the strip light if you have lots of HomeKit devices, like me. However, the side menu on the left lets you select rooms you want to view, which could make a little easier finding your device.iHaper smart light strip app

The next tab called “scenes” allows you to view all the scenes you have set up in HomeKit. You can also setup new scenes. Moving to the last tab which is called “user”, this tab is appears to be quickly put together. For example, most of the links take you to the homepage and the privacy policy displays a 404 message. However, it is not all bad, you can also update the firmware, which worked seamlessly.

Performance and HomeKit

iHaper smart light strip HomeKitOperating the light strip using the iHaper app was not great as the device didn’t seem to respond to colour changes or commands to turn off and on quickly. However, as I was using Apple’s Home app like I do with all my HomeKit devices, things improved.

Using Apple’s Home app gave me near instant a response to commands to either change colour or turn off and on. When I was using the colour wheel to alter the device colour output, the iHaper light strip gave me very good results. However, for the lighter colours and white in particular the light strip didn’t perform well at all. If we take white for instance, it would output a light blue glow, which meant that it was not as white as you find in the Philips Hue light strip, but more of a blue.iHaper colour range

I also found that these are not as bright as the Philips Hue or LIFX, which would be helpful for more applications. I also experienced random disconnections. Which meant I had to reset and pair the light strip again to HomeKit. However, for the last 10 days since I updated the firmware things have improved with connectivity.

Philips hue strip vs iHaper smart light strip

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iHaper Smart Light Strip review conclusion

The iHaper smart light strip is significantly cheaper than its competition such as Philips Hue and LIFX. To add to this the product is HomeKit compatible and you don’t need an additional hub to get the device working.

The colour range is good and will provide you with ample choice depending on the mood you are trying to achieve. However, if you need warmer or white colours, then these will leave you disappointed. Besides the white colour issue, the lights are also not overly bright and may not be suitable for every room.

However, you can not get away from the price point for these, they offer good value. So if you can put the limitations to one side, then these could be a great option for someone on a budget wanting HomeKit support

After reading the review and you want to get your hands on an iHaper Smart light strip, then can buy a set from Amazon.

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Review Summary
The iHaper smart light strip is significantly cheaper than its competition such as Philips Hue and LIFX. To add to this the product is HomeKit compatible and you don't need an additional hub to get the device working.

The colour range is good and will provide you with ample choice depending on the mood you are trying to achieve. However, if you need warmer or white colours, then these will leave you disappointed.

besides the white colour issue, the lights are also not overly bright and may not be suitable for every room.

However, you can not get away from the price point for these, they offer good value and if you can put the limitations to one side. Then these could be a great option for someone on a budget wanting HomeKit support

Good
HomeKit compatible
Cheap
Good HomeKit performance
Bad
Warm and whites not great
Not as bright as other products
Poor app
76
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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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