“It is the neon mild you could frequently customise at house into any form or design.”
Infinite lighting customizations with app
Vibrant and iridescent colours
Simply flexes for distinctive designs
No strategy to mix two tubes collectively
In the case of vacation lights, nobody does it higher than sensible mild maker Twinkly. I’ve been enamored by the corporate’s line of sensible lights ever since I first got here throughout them a few years in the past. Whereas the choice’s fairly deep by way of vacation lights, there’s actually nothing you could possibly use for year-round.
That’s the place the Twinkly Flex involves the rescue, certainly one of three model new sensible lighting options that the corporate launched earlier this yr throughout CES 2021. The Flex is similar to another LED mild strip, nevertheless it’s wrapped in a troublesome tubing that enables it to be bent or flexed. Consider it like a neon wall mild, however one that may be formed into any place you need — for that distinctive, customized look.
The Twinkly Flex measures in at 6.5 toes lengthy, trailed by a reasonably equally lengthy wire that will get hooked as much as an outlet. Included with the packaging are some two-sided adhesives and plastic plates that assist to form the Flex. I initially used the adhesives to design the phrase ‘love’ on the wall, however realized the following morning that all of it got here aside — so I ended up utilizing the included screws to safe the plastic plates to the wall. It’s further work, nevertheless it undoubtedly holds up the burden and design higher than simply the adhesives.
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One of many hardest issues about putting in the Flex has nothing to do with the precise set up. As an alternative, it’s determining what design to go after. There are some shapes and summary designs you may go together with, however the 6.5 toes I had left to work with was limiting at instances. Not like different sensible LED mild strips, you may’t bodily join two Flex tubes collectively for extra complicated designs. Somewhat, you should buy group a number of Flex strips collectively utilizing the app.
The Twinkly app is pretty simple. As soon as I used to be in a position to join the Flex to my house’s Wi-Fi community, I used to be in a position to then choose what lighting results to decide on. Actually, there are many results to select from to fit your style — starting from customary colours that breathe, to distinctive results that show a number of colours concurrently. The choices and customizations are infinite, which makes it actually enjoyable to take a look at.
Whereas the preset results are good, there’s an choice to make your individual customized one as nicely, which requires you to map the Twinkly Flex utilizing your telephone’s digicam. This course of additionally helps with the preset results, since a few of them are reliant on course — like a few of the cascading results that go from side-to-side or up-and-down.
Consider it like a standard neon mild signal you may even see on a storefront.
There’s assist for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which turns out to be useful if you simply wish to communicate voice instructions to activate the Twinkly Flex. The app additionally means that you can remotely activate the Flex if you’re away, in addition to set a customized playlist that scrolls by means of chosen lighting results for a given period of time. With so many choices and customizations, I actually take pleasure in how I’m in a position to decide on totally different results for holidays and particular events. So sure, they’re the year-round sensible lights from Twinkly that I’ve been ready for!
Twinkly’s vacation sensible lights have by no means upset me and the Flex continues the pattern of delivering mesmerizing results which might be accompanied by brilliant, iridescent colours. For the reason that LEDs are encased in a tube, you don’t get that overwhelming mild depth you get when LED mild strips are uncovered. The tubing, actually, disperses the sunshine evenly — in order that its glow is simply the correct amount.
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Within the darkness, it definitely dazzles and attracts consideration due to its iridescence. Consider it like a standard neon mild signal you may even see on a storefront. It’s the identical form of depth that delivers sufficient ambiance to any room. Provided that, the Flex is greatest reserved as an accent mild as an alternative of being a major mild supply, very similar to a studying or spot mild. Whereas it’s remoted in being an accent mild, I’m nonetheless impressed by the way it’s in a position to command a room with out being too overwhelming.
The worth of sensible LED mild strips have dramatically fallen, so the $100 price of the Twinkly Flex might come as a shock to some of us. Nonetheless, I believe it’s price investing in due to how distinctive it’s on this planet of sensible lighting. With so many dazzling results to select from and create, the one actual limitation right here is figuring out what design is possible to go after with solely 6.5 toes.
Is there a greater different?
When it comes to accent lighting, it can save you your self a fairly penny with the, which is a fraction of the fee. Nonetheless, it’s greatest reserved as an accent mild that’s out of sight — not one thing that might be out within the open on a wall.
As for different wall-mounted sensible lights, the Nanoleaf Components have a country look with mild up LED wall panels, however are priced considerably extra.
How lengthy will it final?
The robust outer casing of the Twinkly Flex feels rugged sufficient should you intend on bending and flexing it a number of instances. Though, it’s robust to say long-term how the lights will maintain up with fixed use. The LEDs are rated for 30,00zero hours. If there’s a defect, there’s a 1one-year restricted guarantee that might cowl it.
Must you purchase it?
Twinkly proves it might wow with its year-round lighting resolution within the Flex, so it’s undoubtedly price shopping for if you wish to change issues up with a blinding feast for the eyes.