Elgato, the Corsair-owned company known for its games and creator-focused streaming technology, is expanding into intelligent lighting. He introduced the Light Strip, a thin strip full of 108 dimmable LEDs that can be mounted with adhesive glue, bent and cut to fit wherever you want them to go. They can be controlled via Wi-Fi (only 2.4 GHz) via a free macOS, Windows 10, iOS or Android application or from Elgato’s Stream Deck hardware, which will obviously offer deeper integration. Elgato charges $ 59.99 for two meters of lights, including a controller that turns on the lights and a power adapter.
They are similar in performance to most connected light strips, including the Philips Hue, which ironically has a tight Stream Deck integration via plug-ins. Not to be confused with the possibilities of something like the Philips Hue Play gradient bar, which can synchronize the light with what is on your screen (only after purchasing additional expensive hardware), the more affordable Elgato solution is only for external kind.
If you’re a streamer appearing in front of the camera, Elgato says the LEDs in the Light Strip are flicker-free. He says some other options look good with the naked eye, but can create a flickering effect when you’re on camera. In terms of other specifications, these are RGBWW LEDs that offer both cold and warm white support, in addition to millions of colors. They have a maximum power of 2000 lumens.
Elgato, well aware of its target audience, also announces wave panels. These are famous pieces of foam that can be mounted (either with glue or with a wall anchor) in your space to improve acoustics. They will probably be especially useful if you are recording your voice. They have a sharp appearance and Elgato releases them in many colors. That’s $ 100 for six panels and stands.
Updated at 9:39 AM ET, March 4: Added prices for wave panels.