One of the fastest ways to improve the quality of life at home is through smart lighting. Smart lighting provides convenient illumination for homeowners—now you can have your lights controlled through everyday gadgets like smartphones, tablets and high-tech smart home management systems. Get a taste of this innovation by using smart bulbs. Know more by reading our buyer’s guide on the basics of smart bulbs and top choices found in the market today.
- Why are smart lighting units considered to be great investments?
Answer: Many homeowners have smart lighting units are which are energy-efficient, safe, secure and convenient. In order to take advantage of their wonderful benefits, you need to get the right models and install them correctly.
- What can I do with a smart bulb?
Answer: Smart bulbs can be used as accent lighting, as a single bulb lamp or serve as secondary lighting resource at home. Managing the power in accent lighting and lamps are easier since they are not do not rely on a wall switch to operate. A wall switch has to be turned off from time to time thus this will render smart bulbs impractical for home automation or wireless control.
- Are smart bulbs available in different colors?
Answer: If you want mood lighting or illumination that adds impact on a room, you can always depend on smart bulbs. There are products that help you arrange the bulbs to change into a particular color. There are applications that will make changing colors a breeze for homeowners.
- What should I consider before buying smart bulbs?
Answer: If you have decided on using Bluetooth for managing smart lights at home, keep in mind that Bluetooth does not allow users to remotely manage smart lighting systems.
With Wi-Fi connectivity, remember that the bandwidth is often influenced by the total number of gadgets linking to it. This means that the more devices using up bandwidth in your Wi-Fi, the more it can have an impact on the time it will take for the lighting system to respond to changes users make on the app.
Our Top Picks
Sengled E11-G13 Smart LED Soft White A19 Bulb
- Completely flexible system
- Smart lighting
- Voice control capabilities
Take advantage of the benefits smart lighting systems bring by means of a quality bulb. The Sengled E11-613’s functions are easy to control thanks to handy voice commands and applications. It fits effortlessly into current smart homes and suits Wink, Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings. You can easily create a mood, brighten or dim the lights, set a schedule and more. Check how this works in this review.
Kasa Smart Light Bulb by TP-Link
- Kasa App compatible with iOS and Android
- Voice control
- Dimmable lighting
- Create scenes and schedules
The Kasa Smart Light Bulb from TP-Link installs as a regular lightbulb, no need for any special tools or complicated wiring procedures. It links to home Wi-Fi fast by means of the brand’s application. The app allows users to control lights by means of a smartphone or tablet, set schedules and scenes plus adjust brightness. Users can also make use of the available voice control feature thanks to a pairing with Amazon Alexa. See this one work in this review.
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Bulb
- Won’t require hub
- Control anywhere
- Tunable warm white
- Voice control
This Tunable White smart bulb model from Kasa allows users to revert from completely bright lighting in the evenings to a soft pale glow in the mornings. You can control the lighting by means of voice commands or use the Kasa smart app. The system links to the home’s Wi-Fi network so you can manage the lights anywhere you go. Voice control can be done using Alexa, Microsoft Cortana or Google Assistant. See this one in action in this review.
Philips Hue Premium Smart Light Starter Kit
- Choose from 16 million white shades
- Alexa voice control
- Lasts 25,000 hours
- Expandable unit
The Philips 2-Pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit comes with a whopping 16 million of white shades and colors to choose from. This means you can produce lots of scenes and moods, ambient lighting styles out of this system. You can also make schedules of lighting styles that will allow you to sleep or relax, come home to a well-lit hub in the evenings, or relax with a book or a movie thanks to specially-produced lighting moods. Get more insight on this product in this video.
SYLVANIA 74768 Smart LED Light Bulb
- Dimming capabilities
- Voice control
- Great for ceiling fan lights, lamps
- 11,000 hours of use
The Sylvania 74768 Smart light system requires a compatible ZigBee smart hub so you can properly manage the lighting and experience its benefits. Now you can customize your home with lights according to your taste and mood. You can adjust the system’s soft white color at 2700-6500k. Switching lights on and off has never been this easy using these Sylvania bulbs. Check them out in this review video.
Join the shift in modern lighting by trying our smart bulbs. Smart bulbs are fun to use, practical, last for a long time and they can help you cut energy costs.