Hueblog: Two smart lights: Philips Hue and Govee

Two smart lights: Philips Hue and Govee

A comparison with the Govee Neon Rope Light 2

Especially after the introduction of new gradient products from Philips Hue, one name is mentioned again and again in the comments and on social media: Govee. But is the manufacturer from Asia really an alternative? I would like to explain this using the example of the new second-generation Govee Neon Rope Light.

Looking at the price, I can certainly give it a thumbs up. The Govee Neon Rope Light 2 is three metres long and costs 79.99 euros. For the five metre long light strip including gradient function, you pay 99.99 euros. The most similar comparable product from Philips Hue is the Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip, for which you pay around 120 euros – but only get two metres of light strip.

You can find out more details about the Govee Neon Rope Light 2 in a test report on If you haven't decided on a specific smart home system, you actually get a lot of performance for your money with this part. There are even quite modern functions such as an AI bot that can create scenes for you. However, I have heard that Philips Hue is not completely idle here…

Two systems that are not comparable

Ultimately, it's not easy for me to directly compare Philips Hue and Govee. Philips Hue offers a complete ecosystem – with a wide variety of light sources and switches. Govee doesn't have any of that, it's limited to individual mood lights.

In individual disciplines, a product from Govee – alternatively, names such as Nanoleaf or Yeelight can also be used here – can certainly perform better than a product from Philips Hue. As far as the overall system is concerned, however, in my view there is no way round Philips Hue.

User-friendliness is a disaster with Govee

In my opinion, Philips Hue is also clearly ahead in another detail: user-friendliness. The best example is probably creating a colour gradient; with gradient products, this is done in a matter of seconds with Philips Hue and looks simply fantastic.

The Govee app, on the other hand, is so packed with animations and effects that even the simplest tasks become a real challenge. And I'm not exaggerating here – creating a colour gradient is simply a disaster with Govee. Nevertheless, with the revised app you can access scenes created by other users, and there are some really useful things there.

My conclusion is therefore: At first glance, the second-generation Govee Neon Rope Light makes a good impression. And on its own, it also offers an excellent price/performance ratio. When it comes to the overall system and operation, I have other favourites.

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In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

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  1. The difference being Philips Hue and Govee ,Hue is for simple people who want plug and play mood lights. People who invest in Govee basically want moods lights on steroids and more, only Govee offer that option for me🫡🫡🫡.

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