Govee’s RGBIC Curtain Lights could be just the thing if you want to bathe your office or games room in colour.
You can pair the Govee RBIG Curtain Lights with other Govee kits such as the rather excellent Dreamview G1 Pro. Plus, they sport Alexa/Google smart integration. But we got the most use out of it on its own, lighting up a room with animated images and acting as a music visualizer.
It sports 520 lights, 20 rows of twenty, designed to cover a full length wall. If you do the maths, that works out as a 26 x 20 image. In other words, you’re not going to be able to have Sonic the Hedgehog tapping his foot.
However, there are at least a hundred animated images, ranging from seasonal to just plain silly that are designed specifically for the curtain lights. You’ll have to dive into the Govee Home app to switch these but the added bonus is you can draw your own pixel art in the app.
There are also a good few game-related animations, including ‘Dot Man’ – no prizes for guessing who that is. And using it with music as is as simple as tapping the right button and setting it down near your speakers.
As cool as they look, you’ve got to mount the Govee Curtain Lights somewhere first, ideally on a blank wall. The Curtain Lights come with multiple mounting systems, my solution being to hang them some metal hooks.
We foolishly attempted this solo, with the end result that some of the beads (basically, pixels) aren’t quite level. If you want to get the best out of Govee’s RGBIC Curtain Lights you really need two people to set them up. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could mount them on the ceiling as one Redditor has.
Another issue, one that isn’t down to my stupidity, is that importing gifs is a little tricky. You can add in your own static or animated gifs, which is a very cool feature. When it works. The good news is that you don’t have to mess around resizing gifs because the app does that for you.
The bad news is that it will reject gifs without a full explanation. Sometimes it’ll tell you they’re too big, despite having accepted bigger gifs. It could be referring to file size but there’s no explanation, either in the app or in the manual, as to how big is too big.
Priced at $129.99 for the smallest 1.5m x 2m size, the Govee RGBIC Curtain Lights aren’t going to break the bank. And, thanks to being waterproof, they’re equally suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Come Halloween, these are leaving our games room (sorry, Pac-Man) and getting hung up near out front window. Our neighbours are getting animated pumpkins whether they like it or not.
Is this an absolutely essential piece of gaming kit? No, but what it does is adds a real dose of flair to any games room or office. And if you’re willing to pay for style you really can’t go wrong. You can purchase the Govee RGBIC Curtain Lights here, currently $109.99 ($20 off from $129.99).