Best RGB Lights of 2021

In the past couple of years, there’s a slight shift in the focus when people are building a new PC. With so many cases coming out with cases with transparent side panels, people want to showcase their system’s internals. And quite honestly, few things shine a light (pun intended) on your system’s internals like some of the best RGB lights you can find.

But when you start looking into RGB lights, you realize things can quickly get confusing. Addressable, non-addressable, three-pin, four-pin, controllers, what do all those things even mean? How do you know what are the best RGB lights for your specific case? Not all of the cases on our list of best PC cases have RGB, so adding some is always a good choice.

Well, we’ve got the answer for you. Once we take a look at the things to look for, we’ll take a look at a couple of excellent options. Without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at the best RGB lights to illuminate your system’s case!

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Things to consider with the best RGB lights

When you’re choosing your RGB lights, there’s a couple of things to take note of. You should make sure you have compatibility first. Sometimes having incompatible lighting just means your RGB lights just won’t work, or you won’t be able to control them.

Therefore, the first thing to note is whether or not your motherboard has RGB headers. This is something you can easily look up in the manual. Most newer motherboards, especially the higher-end ones, will have one (or more), but budget or older models may not. If it does, check whether it’s addressable or not. If it doesn’t, you will need some kind of RGB controller, not just a strip.

What does addressable mean? Well, with RGB strips, they’re either addressable LEDs or non-addressable. Non-addressable LEDs mean that the entire light strip can only illuminate in the same color. Addressable ones, on the other hand, mean you can give each LED on the strip its own color. If your budget allows it, by all means, go for an addressable strip – you get a lot more versatility.

Last but not least, if you do opt for an RGB controller, see whether or not it has any extra functionality. For example, some controllers will come with things such as fan ports with PWM control, and excellent software compatibility. These are all optional extras, but nice to have nonetheless.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the best RGB lights on the market nowadays!  

Best RGB lights of 2021

1. NZXT Hue 2

Best overall

NZXT RGB Lighting Kit - AC-HUEP2-M1 - Four Magnetic LED Strips -...
  • FASTER, SMARTER, BETTER SYNC: Featuring an advanced microprocessor, the HUE 2 delivers an amazing array of RGB lighting effects, synchronized across...
  • MORE ACCESSORIES: The has a wide range of accessories you can mix-and-match on any lighting channel for amazing PC lighting effects
  • QUAD-CHANNEL ILLUMINATION: Supports up to six accessories and up to 40 LEDs per channel

NZXT has been at the forefront of case lighting for a while now. This is why there’s no surprise their Hue 2 RGB lighting kit is at the top of the best RGB lights. The Hue 2 kit comes with an RGB controller that works with the excellent CAM software. This gets you pretty much the best overall fan and RGB control in a piece of software.

There is support for up to six lighting accessories, as well as up to 40 LEDs per channel, with four channels. This gives you plenty of flexibility to set things up how you like them. Included in the kit are four strips with 10 LEDs per strip, so you’re pretty much covered from the get-go.

Add to this simple mounting and a reasonable price for what you’re getting, and there’s no surprise the Hue 2 RGB lighting kit is the best option.

2. Corsair iCUE Lighting Node PRO

Runner up

Corsair iCUE Lighting Node PRO RGB Lighting Controller, Multicolored
  • Experience software customizable CORSAIR RGB lighting with CORSAIR RGB LED light strips and CORSAIR RGB fans
  • Includes four RGB LED light strips each with 10 individually addressable RGB LEDs extension cables and built-in magnets for easy installation anywhere...
  • Two RGB lighting channels provide independent software control of up to 12 CORSAIR individually addressable RGB LED strips or 12 CORSAIR RGB fans

Sure, this is arguably not as robust of a solution as the Commander PRO. But Corsair’s iCUE Lighting Node PRO is a great choice for people who only need to control their lighting and not their fans. This kit comes with four RGB LED strips as well, so you’re pretty much covered.

The controller itself comes with two RGB lighting channels, which are individually controllable with the iCUE software. Each of those channels can control up to 12 individually addressable RGB strips, or RGB fans, which is pretty neat.

The included RGB strips have 10 addressable LEDs each. When combined with the controller, you really get all the customizability you could ever need. Factor in the fact that you only need a USB 2.0 port to connect everything, and this is a simple and effective option as far as the best RGB lights go.


Best budget option

DEEPCOOL RGB360 LED Strip For All Computer Cases
  • 360 Degree Omni- directional radio frequency remote control
  • 10 meters ultra remote control
  • Touch control with high sensitivity

Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on RGB lights. Oftentimes, a simple kit is actually all you need. If that sounds like you, DEEPCOOL has you covered with the RGB360 LED Strip kit. It’s a kit that’s remarkably simple to set up and install. Oh, and it doesn’t require you to have a header on the motherboard.

You get three LED strips, but they aren’t individually addressable. This means that the entire strip lights up in the same color. And while there are no magnets at the rear, there is 3M tape so you can attach them to your case pretty easily.

The included controller works with a Molex connector and is controlled by the included touchpad remote control. Choosing colors is easy, and you have plenty of versatility. Overall, a very good budget pick.

4. Phanteks NEON Digital-RGB LED Strip Set

Phanteks NEON Digital-RGB LED Strip Combo Set (PH-NELEDKT_CMBO) – 2X...
  • High-quality LED Digital-RGB with full color RANGE that creates a smooth and stable illumination Effect throughout the LED strip.
  • Includes 2X 400mm strips, extension cable and a Digital-RGB motherboard adapter
  • Illuminate your hardware including motherboards, GPUs, and cases with the multiple mounting options to create numerous configurations

While most manufacturers have a rather similar (and simple) approach to RGB strips, Phanteks have taken a bit of a different route with the NEON. Rather than it being a conventional strip that you can’t bend or modify too much, you can make the NEON in pretty much any shape you’d like.

The kit itself comes with two 400mm strips and an adapter for your motherboard, as well as adhesive-backed plastic bits. Those bits are used to attach the strip to your case, and they do a great job.

The main thing about the NEON is the fact that you can bend it around fans, around your motherboard, or any other place you’d like. It’s really versatile, and it shines in a non-obtrusive way, making it a pleasant sight inside any case.

5. ASUS ROG Addressable RGB Strip

ASUS ROG Addressable RGB 5050 LED 60cm Lighting Strip with Magnetic Backing...
  • 60cm (23.6 in) Fully Addressable RGB 5050 LED Lighting Strip for use with compatible 3-Pin addressable LED headers only
  • Magnetic Backing and Adhesive Strips for universal mounting options
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of...

Even though the options we looked at so far were all complete sets, this one by ASUS is a premium RGB strip that’s made to work with their 3-pin headers. If you have an ASUS motherboard, this is a great option for you, so read on.

The lighting strip comes with 5050 RGB LEDs, which are all addressable, so you have plenty of color combinations to choose from. And even though the entire strip has a magnetic backing that allows you to put it just about anywhere on a case, there are also a few 3M double adhesive strips, so you can install it on non-metal surfaces.

Add to this the included RGB extension cable, which adds quite a lot of versatility in terms of placement options, and this is an excellent choice for users who have an ASUS motherboard.

6. BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strip

BitFenix Magnetic RGB LED Strip, 60dm (BFA-RGB-60MK30N-RP)
  • Magnets: black sintered DfES permanent magnets
  • LED Type: 5050 tribright smd
  • Protective cover: high-clarity polyurethane

BitFenix is popular for their case accessories because they tend to provide excellent budget options that work admirably in a variety of situations. The Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED strip is no exception. You can get it with and without a controller, so there’s something for both older and newer motherboards.

First things first, the LED strip itself. This is a 60cm strip with 5050 RGB LEDs, and you get a total of 30 LEDs on the strip. Unfortunately, this is a 4-pin, non-addressable strip, so you can only have the entire strip light up in a single color. However, at this price, we don’t mind at all.

The controller is a great way to be able to set up the colors, and it’s compact enough so you can put it on the backside of your case without it taking up a lot of space.

7. Cooler Master Universal RGB LED Strip

Cooler Master Accessory: Universal Magnetic RGB Lighting LED Strip 4 Pin...
  • Magnetic design- Easy install and Removal for your computer case
  • LED illumination- delivers more light for a uniform and even light Display
  • Brightness - LED lights up instantly and shines through temper glass panel and dark side panels

Cooler Master’s case accessories are famous for being some of the most versatile options for just about any user. The Universal RGB LED Strip is no exception to this, with a magnetic backing and excellent performance at a price that’s more than reasonable.

First things first, this is a compact strip with a magnetic backing. This means that you can pretty much mount it anywhere on the case, and remove it without any adhesive issues. The LEDs are put behind a semi-transparent plastic screen which helps a lot with uniformity for the LEDs, without hindering brightness.

As far as control goes, you need a 4-pin connector and some kind of controller. Unfortunately, the LEDs are non-addressable, but at this price, that’s not really a dealbreaker. If you’re after simplicity and good lighting, this is the one to go for.

8. ALITOVE WS281B Addressable LED Strip Light

ALITOVE WS2812B Individually Addressable LED Strip Light 5050 RGB 16.4ft...
  • 256 brightness display and 24-bit color display. Each pixel can have its own color and brightness. You can control them individually and set them to...
  • It can be programmed with Arduino, FastLED library, Raspberry Pi, Fadecandy, T1000S etc. It can also be controlled by SP105E, SP103E, HC008 and other...
  • Covered with silicone weatherproof sheathing, which protects it very well and makes it easy to clean. It comes with clips and screws and can be...

The main issue with most of the RGB LED strips is length – they come in predefined lengths which might be too short or too long for some. Well, this option by ALITOVE deals with that by getting you a 5m long LED strip that you can cut just about anywhere, and we love it.

You can set it up anywhere in (or outside) your case, you get silicone clips and small screws that allow you to install these more easily. Of course, you can just as well use double-sided adhesive if you want to. What’s great is that these are addressable LEDs, so you can set up just about any color combination you want. Oh, and not that you’d need this in a case, but they’re waterproof, too.

If you have a suitable power supply and controller, this is one of the best semi-DIY options as far as the best RGB lights go.

9. Speclux Addressable LED Strip Kit

PC Addressable RGB LED Strip Lights Kit - Magnetic Rainbow PC Case...
  • 👉 2-WAY TO CONTROL: Speclux pc led strip is connected by 5V ADD RGB 3-pin header on Motherboard with Digital RGB header, or using our key...
  • 👉 WIDE APPLICATION: Speclux pc rgb strip compatible with Asus Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, ASROCK RGB LED etc. which prefect for...
  • 👉 EASY INSTALLATION: Speclux pc rgb led strip comes both with magnet which between every 3 5050 LEDs and also double sides 3M adhesive on its back,...

Addressable RGB kits don’t have to cost too much – just look at this Speclux kit. It comes with a 3-pin, 5V RGB header connector, and the ability to control it with popular software like ASUS AuraSync, Gigabyte RGBFusion, or MSI’s Mystic Light, all for a very reasonable price.

With the kit, you also get two RGB strips that have 42 addressable LEDs each. They have both a magnetic backing and double-sided 3M adhesive, so you can choose which way you go about attaching them.

To add to this, if you don’t want to use software (or don’t have an RGB header), Speclux also includes a controller in the box that you can place inside your case and use to change the colors. Neat! If you want a versatile, addressable, wallet-friendly kit, this is the one to go for.

10. Phanteks Multi-Color LED Strips

Phanteks Multi-Color LED Strips 2 Meter Enthoo Luxe Case Upgrade...
  • LED strips are currently compatible with the Enthoo Luxe, Luxe Tempered Glass, Mini XL, Evolv ATX TG, and Eclips P400/P400S and P400/P400S Tempered...
  • 10 Color Options
  • The Multi-colored LED comes in two lengths, 2 meter (PH-LEDKT_M2) and 1 Meter (PH-LEDKT_M1).

Even though Phanteks sells these as an upgrade for some of their popular cases, we’re including them on our list. Why? Because there’s nothing stopping you from using them if you have an RGB header on the motherboard.

The strips come in various lengths, and each of them comes with a magnetic backing, as well as a male and female connector on the ends. This allows you to connect multiple strips to each other, and have them all be controlled from a single header. The silicone housing and flexible material make this a durable option that you can set up just how you like it.

At the end of the day, if you have a 4-pin connector on your motherboard, this is a simple and cost-effective way of adding a bit of light to your case.

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