iLumi's outdoor Smartstrip lets you landscape with light

iLumi's going to Kickstarter again, this time for an outdoor light strip.

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iLumi, the company that got its start on Shark Tank and funded its first smart LED on Kickstarter, is back with another product. This time it's a $89 smart light strip called the iLumi Smartstrip.

The Smartstrip is doing a couple new things: first off, iLumi's newest product has outdoor-rated materials, and individually controllable LED lights within the strip. That means you can use the strips to landscape, and you can create much more dynamic lighting patterns that with other products.


Use the Smartstrip lights to alert you when uninvited bros show up at your pool.


The Smartstrip will also be on a Bluetooth mesh system with other iLumi products. That means, even if you're out of Bluetooth range, if you have other iLumi lights that are within range, you can still communicate with the Smartstrip. Think of it as a more reliable version of the game telephone.

The Smartstrip has solid specs to back up its design. The LEDs will shine RGB colors and white light, with 1500 lumens at max brightness. That's not quite as bright as the Philips Hue light strip, but it's close.

The default length of the Smartstrip will be 2 meters (about 6 feet), but the strip is also modular, so you can add single meters to lengthen it. This in combination with the individually toggleable LED's, makes it clear that iLumi's No. 1 goal is personalization. How well it works still remains to be seen, but the Smartstrip looks like a promising device.


The iLumi Smartstrip is live on Kickstarter now for a preorder price of $59. Once the product ships in December, the price will bump up to $89 -- which is more in line with products from the competition.

Crowdfunded projects can be a little unpredictable, but since this isn't iLumi's first rodeo, chances are the December release date will stay put. For more info, check out the Kickstarter page.

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