* Smart bulbs offer more options than traditional lights
* LED technology helps smart bulbs shine brighter for longer
* Sync lights to your phone or tablet to control them remotely
Smart lightbulbs offer more light and more options than traditional light bulbs. These internet-ready lights come in different brightness settings and can often be controlled remotely. And because LED lights have been found to shine brighter and last longer, they’re extremely cost-effective.
Some smart lights require a home automation hub in order to connect to your WiFi network. You simply install the lights, plug in the hub, download the respective apps on your phone or tablet and you’re good to go.
Don’t get stuck in the dark. Check out the 7 bright smart bulb options to help illuminate your home.
1. Maxcio Smart Light Bulb
This WiFi-connected, multicolored LED light can be operated by voice control with Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap. You can also control it through the Smartlife App using your phone or tablet.
2. Sylvania Smart White LED Bulbs
These smart bulbs use an impressive 84% less energy than traditional lights, making them incredibly efficient. They also feature an easy-to-use LIGHTIFY app that helps you set the brightness and color levels from anywhere with the touch of a button. With thousands of vibrant color options and the ability to control up to 50 bulbs at once, the Sylvania Smart Lights are great for lighting up larger homes and businesses. (Note that a hub is required in order to use these lights).
3. Mipow Rainbow Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb
As a great mood setter, the Mipow Smart Lights offer a wide spectrum of different color options and brightness levels. And because they’re Bluetooth-enabled, you’re able to connect them to your iPhone or Android for instant accessibility. These energy-efficient 50-watt bulbs offer tons of unique lighting modes, including candle, rainbow, flashing and more. You can also set up automatic timers to turn the lights on and off. No hubs are required.[caption id="attachment_59171" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Image courtesy Amazon[/caption]
4. Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent Starter Kit
The Philips Hue Starter Kit has everything you need to transform your lights. With two A19 LED smart bulbs and the Philips Hue Bridge, you’re able to connect your lights to your Philips Hue app and control them remotely. Set specific timers, alter your home’s brightness levels and more with the tap of a finger. They also come Alexa-enabled, which means you can actually sync them to your virtual assistant.
5. LIFX (A19) WiFi Smart LED Light Bulb
If you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck, then the LIFX bulbs are an excellent choice. With better-than-average light output, these bulbs offer brightness levels equivalent to a 75-watt bulb, and because they use WiFi and not Bluetooth, they don’t require a hub. Simply connect them to your WiFi network and you’re good to go. They also work great with your Nest or Alexa service.
6. TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control, this 50 watt equivalent bulb gives off 2700K soft warm white. You can control your lights thought your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Android 4.1 or higher/iOS 8 or higher), which allows you to dim brightness, set schedules, timers and countdowns so that your lights work around your life.
7. Philips 456194 Hue Ambiance Starter Kit
Looking to add a little more color to your home? This smart light pack includes three vibrant smart lights and a bridge that lets you connect up to 50 lights under the same WiFi network. While these smart bulbs offer tons of different lighting options, where they really shine is in their color options. In fact, you’re able to choose between an incredible 16 million color choices.