It’s easy to find LED grids that can be programmed to display animations. So this build by Dr. Tõnis Gadgets that uses fiber optics to direct light into a smaller matrix seems unnecessarily complicated. It still looks cool, like something out of the engineering lab in a science fiction movie. The display was inspired by Elliotmade’s fiber optic display from Instructables.
There are a number of LED light curtains on the market, but Twinkly’s is the most densely packed with RGB lights we’ve seen. The result – more detailed patterns and animations. It uses a mobile app to display custom images and can also mirror a Windows PC screen. Available in 3.3 x 3.3-foot and 1.6 x 7.9-foot versions.
Govee specializes in RGB LED light kits. Their curtain lights can display patterns on a grid of 520 teardrop-shaped light beads. The Govee mobile app includes more than 80 scene presets, music sync, and the ability to upload animated GIFs. They’re also rated IP65 waterproof so that you can use them outside. Chris Maher’s in-depth review shows them in action.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are found everywhere these days, so they must be produced in mass quantities. Scotty Allen from Strange Parts scored a tour of China’s World Semi factory for a fascinating look at how they crank out millions of RGB LEDs that can be programmed to change colors. The automation used in the process is truly incredible.
Set the mood in any room with Govee’s colorful LED cube sconces. Each app-controlled cube can produce 16 million colors plus white and casts a soft beam of light up to six feet along your wall or ceiling. The set includes six wall sconces, cables, a power supply, a control box, and mounting hardware.
These waterproof LED lights add a wash of color indoors or out. The brightest model punches out 60 watts of illumination and comes with a 44-key remote to change colors and brightness, as well as fade and strobe modes. Available in a 40-watt 4-pack and a 60-watt 6-pack.
Olight’s yo-yo-shaped Gober safety light kit helps with visibility when going for a nighttime walk, run, or bike ride. It clips onto backpacks, belt loops, or dog collars and has two detachable multi-color LED light sources. Modes include a single color, RGB sequence, and SOS flashing.
The MSG Sphere in Las Vegas has quickly become one of the world’s most talked-about attractions. Inspired by its enormous LED display surface, DrZzs & GrZzs thought making a replica of the digital wonder would be fun. Their 8-foot diameter backyard mini-sphere has 20,028 RGB LED pixels and is driven by a Kulp 32 controller and xLights software.
This desktop gadget adds a splash of color and movement to any space. It has 240 mini RGB LEDs, which light up in sync with your music. A built-in microphone detects sounds, and it offers multiple color display modes. It has a curved birch wood frame, and light-scattering panels in front of its 12 tubes give it a retro VFD look.
Not to be confused with the Maglite flashlight brand, Moonside’s MagLight is designed to provide a colorful source of illumination for smartphone photography. The compact RGB light is encircled with bright RGB LEDs and can produce 16 million different colors, controlled by an iOS or Android app. It also works as a MagSafe-compatible wireless power bank.
Feit Electric’s unique smart light bulb can produce the warm amber glow of an old-fashioned Edison-style filament lamp, or one of millions of colors from its RGB LED strips. Works in any standard E26 base, and can be controlled remotely via Alexa, Google Assistant, or the Feit Electric app. Amazon sells a discounted 4-pack.
This series of G-SHOCK watches has a cool aesthetic inspired by Cyberpunk style. Each watch features gloss black bezels and bands, with either a rainbow vapor deposition face or accented with fluorescent primary colors. Available in GA-700, GA-2100, and GA-100 analog-digital, and DW-6900 pure digital models.
This pair of light bars add vibrant colors to your room – mounted behind your TV or as standalone accent lights. They can sync with music and offer app-based, Google, and Alexa voice color control. They also sell a Pro version that detects the images on your TV screen with a camera and matches colors in real-time.
These magnetic 3″ cube lights can display numbers, letters, animations, and fields of color. There are three kinds to connect: a dot-matrix, a diffused color panel, and a spotlight projector. They can react to games, music, and video, and can be programmed using mobile or desktop apps and are Matter compatible.
This slick computer desk is ideal for PC gamers with its stealthy black metal surface and legs. Its 59.1″ x 27.6″ desktop is large enough for multiple monitors and has plenty of room for mousing. It includes a covered cable management tray, and can be upgraded with RGB lighting, a magnetic desk mat, and other accessories.
This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.
This upgraded version of the Cyberboard keyboard has a new RGB LED light grid with 256 brightness levels, a higher refresh rate, and bolder colors. It has a hot-swappable circuit set into a CNC-machined aluminum case. Choose from a psychedelic or Jet Black mirrored PVD finish. Key switches and caps sold separately.
This desktop control deck has 16 hot-swappable mechanical keys, along with three programmable knobs. The two small and one large knob are also clickable, and you can switch between four function layers visible on its display. It has an anodized aluminum case and built-in RGB backlighting behind the keys.
There have been many attempts to create full-color ambient lighting for TV screens. Most of them have technical drawbacks or a high cost. CopGain aims to solve those with a value-priced kit that works with 4K HDMI video, has near-zero latency, and renders colors accurately. The Deluxe model works with screens up to 120″.
Add a splash of color any place you have a spare USB port – these tiny RGB LED lights are perfect for ambient light by your computer or even in your car. They offer an auto-on/off photosensor, eight different color settings, color-cycling, and a gradient “breathing” effect mode.
This add-on 8-key macro keypad is great for gaming or frequently used keys in creative and productivity apps. It comes with a durable aluminum case, hot-swappable Cherry or Zeal switches, and per-key RGB backlighting. It connects via a speedy USB-C port and comes with the playful keycaps shown in the first picture.
We’ve seen how The Mandalorian uses a giant wraparound screen and camera tracking tech to produce immersive environments. Jelle Vermandere doesn’t have a Disney-sized budget, so instead, he built a homebrew rig that uses a ring of lights synced with a virtual environment to match his lighting to the scene.