I’ve driven home a few times at night lately and have noticed something that makes me wonder if we’ve gone too far with LED light strips.
It’s like a product that, because it can be made, people want it to be made and will use it. And yet when you look at the uses of colored LED light strips, it really isn’t that extensive.
YouTubers and other social media stars seem to have gravitated towards having blues, oranges, and reds, and purples lit up around their videos to light their rooms and make them look extra cool.
One house that I drive by at night has blue LED lighting all around its balcony and the edges of its balcony, which I have to say actually looks ridiculous.
Another house I drove past tonight had purple illuminating one room through its windows and blue illuminating another room through its windows, which also looked ridiculous.
I then pulled into my street and one of the rooms was illuminated vibrant blue which also looked silly.
Why is it that we think that these colored lights look so cool in our houses?
Even in my own lounge, my LIFX lightbulbs have an incredible color array, which I can leverage at any time (I have them turn on and turn red if my house alarm is triggered).
If I dim down some gentle colors while watching a movie, I must admit that it adds a certain ambient hue to the room.
But in general, if one was to walk into the room with the blues and greens, and reds that I have experimented with, it too…looks a bit ridiculous.
What’s my point?
I can’t help but wonder if in a few years we’ll look back and laugh at that season we all went through buying colored LED bulbs and colored LED light strips to illuminate our houses and lives, and how ridiculous it might seem to look back at that time.
I love the ability to change to different hues and warm whites that the Kelvin range offers, especially around 5,000 Kelvin, a bit of a personal favorite where the warmth of the light throws a very reassuring, relaxing tone to a room.
And, while I’ll admit that even in my YouTube videos, I do have a LED light strip running around the edge of my studio to add an ambient hue, I expect I too will probably look back in a few years and laugh at myself at what I was thinking and how did I think that was so cool.
Like tie-dyed shirts, flared jeans, and satin scarfs hung from microphone stands, I wonder if LED light strips will go the same way.
I actually have a routine set up on Alexa where my kids can say, “Go Go Power Rangers,” and the lights will all change to certain colors. The Power Rangers theme will play over my Alexa smart speakers.
This is good fun, I must admit, and we have a good laugh about it from time to time, and that’s one of the most useful things I can think of when considering the multicolored LED light strips that we all have.
Let’s leave it up to Akihabara and the Hong Kong, Nathan Roads of the world to show us how LED lights should really be done and perhaps not saturate our houses, resulting in gaudy and cheap-looking kitsch lighting?
Rant over. Smile on.
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Former owner of Headphones Canada, a high-end headphone specialty retailer.