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Lifx Z LED Light Strip -- $70

If you're willing to spend a little more for something a little nicer, my recommendation is to splurge on the Lifx Z Light Strip. Unlike similar strips from Sylvania, Sengled and Philips Hue, the Lifx version can put out multiple colors at once, and it doesn't need a hub since, like other Lifx products, it communicates via Wi-Fi. The light quality is also superb, with plenty of brightness and excellent color quality, and it supports everything that Lifx bulbs support -- Alexa, Google, Siri, Cortana, IFTTT, you name it.

At its full retail price of $90, it's too expensive for most tastes, but I say it's worth jumping if you see it on sale. And -- pssst -- it's down to $70 right now on Amazon. Still pricey, but also $10 less than the Philips Hue light strip retails for -- and again, that competitor only puts out one color at a time.

$84.99 at Amazon

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