Elgato, the Corsair-owned company known for its game- and creator-focused streaming technology, is expanding into smart lighting. It has introduced Light Strip, a thin strip packed with 108 dimmable LEDs that can be mounted via sticky adhesive, bent and trimmed to fit where you want them to go. These can be controlled via Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only) via a free app on macOS, Windows 10, iOS or Android, or from Elgato’s Stream Deck hardware, which apparently will offer deeper integration. Elgato charges $ 59.99 for two meters of light, including the controller lights connected and a power adapter.
These are similar in design to most connected light strips, including Philips Hue, which ironically has tight Stream Deck integration via plug-ins. Not to be confused with the features of something like the Philips Hue Play gradient light strip that can sync light to what’s on the screen (just after buying some expensive extra hardware), Elgato’s less expensive solution is just for looks.
If you are a streamer that appears on the camera, Elgato says that the LEDs in the Light Strip are flicker-free. It says that some other options look good on the naked eye, but can create a flickering effect when you are on camera. As for other specifications, these are RGBWW LEDs that offer both cold and warm white support, in addition to millions of colors. These have a maximum output of 2000 lumens.
Elgato, which is very aware of the target group, also announces Wave Panels. These are glorified pieces of foam that can be mounted (either with glue or with a wall anchor) in your room to improve the acoustics. They will probably be especially useful if you are recording your voice. They have an edgy look, and Elgato releases them in several colors. It costs $ 100 for six panels and mounts.
Updated 9:39 AM ET, March 4: Added prices for Wave Panels.