March 28, 2023

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TP-Hyperlink Tapo L930-5 Evaluation Score


If you need a lightweight strip with shiny addressable RGB (and white) LEDs with wonderful good options, however cannot justify the price of Philips Hue, then that is your greatest guess.


  • Inexpensive addressable RGB gentle strip
  • Glorious options inside the app


  • Lack of Tapo/Kasa integration is annoying

The Tapo L930-5 was launched in the course of 2022, and it’s the first product to launch from them that may be built-in with Apple HomeKit.

Tapo L930-5 vs L920-5 vs L900-5

I’ve beforehand reviewed the inexpensive Tapo L900-5, which makes use of an RGB chip that solely permits a single color for use on the strip without delay. The L930-5, makes use of RGBIC and permits lights to be individually addressed, offering a full-colour atmosphere expertise.

The L930-5 is a step up from the L920-5, with each of them permitting 50 separate color zones. The Tapo L930-5 then provides additional white lights, which permits it to behave as a common gentle. Then after all, that is the primary product with Apple HomeKit assist permitting you to manage your gentle strip with Siri utilizing Apple HomeKit.

Specification / Options

  • Zonal Shade Management – take advantage of 50-section addressable color zones, to go well with each temper or state of affairs setting.
  • Additional White LEDs – acts as common lights, strengthening the practicability of the colorful Wi-Fi gentle strip.
  • Fancy Lighting Results – amuse your self with well-designed animated lighting results, obtainable on Tapo App.
  • Music Sync – provides extra vibe by emitting dynamic lights, parallel with the encircling music beat.
  • Apple HomeKit Supported – management your gentle strip with Siri utilizing Apple HomeKit.
  • Voice Management– suitable along with your good voice assistants, together with Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Floor Coating-stays sturdy, tidy, and full, due to the high-quality PU coating on its floor.
  • Wi-Fi Connection – with a secure connection to your 2.4Ghz networks, it really works properly with out hub necessities.
  • Straightforward Set-up – connect the Mild Strip with 3M Adhesive on desired spots, join it to Wi-Fi and configure it by way of app.
  • Energy Consumption: 13W
  • White Mild for Illumination


Like all Tapo merchandise, there isn’t any hub required for this gentle strip, it makes use of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and the set-up is similar for all of the Tapo merchandise. I had to connect with the open Wi-Fi community that was broadcast by the Tapo L930-5, present my Wi-Fi credentials, anticipate it to sync then replace. All normal stuff for a wise house product.

In-use and app options

It is a regular type gentle strip, somewhat than the subtle/gradient kinds from Philips Hue and Twinkly. Subsequently you possibly can trim the sunshine strip right down to the size you require.

The Tapo app is useful and straightforward to make use of, I’m simply not overly eager on the UI design, it appears a bit low-cost and infantile in comparison with the Kasa app. Functionally, there may be little distinction, and there may be nonetheless no interoperability between merchandise, although it is the identical firm producing them.

Throughout the app, you possibly can set it to a stable color or choose one of many predefined results. There are solely 17 predefined choices, and it would not seem like you possibly can obtain new ones (like Twinkly). With the color choice, it’s inferior to Hue, the place you possibly can choose nearly limitless colors.

This has some distinctive options that you just will not see on the Hue equal. There are alternatives for customized color portray and creating new lighting results. It’s a good distance off the color portray you are able to do with Twinkly, however it’s a enjoyable function to have.

Much like Hue and different merchandise, you possibly can sync the lights to the music that’s performed out of your cellphone, which might present a pleasing impact in social conditions.

I’m impressed at how shiny this gentle strip can go. They do not make any claims for the RGB colors however state 1,000 Lumens. I would not depend on it as the primary gentle for a room, but it surely works properly when used as the primary gentle for temper lighting when I’ve family and friends round.  

I do not use Apple merchandise myself, so I have not examined this may Apple HomeKit.

Value and Various Choices

The Tapo L930-5 has an RRP of £45 and is presently obtainable on Amazon for £34. You possibly can decide up the older L900-5 for simply £16.

Amazon would not have the Tapo L920-5, and Ebuyer has it for £36 and Argos for £32, so chances are you’ll as properly simply get the Tapo L930-5.

From a pure value perspective, Govee is the best choice. You will get the 10m LED Lights for lower than £20.

The WiZ Color & Tunable Good Wi-Fi LED 4M is offered from Argos for £30.

On the time of writing, the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus v4 is £69, however it’s usually discounted to round £55 and was £44 throughout Black Friday (the one time I pay for Hue merchandise).

There may be, after all, a giant value disparity between Tapo, Govee, Wiz and Hue. For customers like myself, you aren’t simply paying for the {hardware} however the ecosystem, and that is why I’m on Philips Hue. Should you solely need a gentle strip, then chances are you’ll as properly persist with inexpensive manufacturers.


There may be nothing to actually complain about with the Tapo L930-5, it is a superb gentle strip with loads of options. The LEDs are brighter than anticipated in my kitchen, and the pricing may be very enticing.

I’ve a couple of Tapo plugs, so I’ve turn into accustomed to this ecosystem, and I might favor to keep it up for reasonable lights vs getting one other app from manufacturers like Govee.

TP-Hyperlink Tapo & Kasa Finish of Life

One factor value noting, previously, I’ve typically highlighted my frustration with the Kasa/Tapo lack of integration and my common annoyance at having too many good house apps. In April final 12 months, I used to be advised TP-Hyperlink Kasa was coming into the top of life, and there can be a Kasa/Tapo integration by Q3 2022.

Nevertheless, every part has gone quiet concerning this, and TP-Hyperlink Kasa has even launched new merchandise, together with good thermostatic radiator valves (KE100). TP-Hyperlink has dedicated to Matter, and this could possibly be the place we lastly begin to get some interoperability in 2023.

Final replace on 2023-01-26 / Affiliate hyperlinks / Photos from Amazon Product Promoting API