Imagine you’re all tucked under the covers and ready for slumber. But you suddenly remember that you left the lights on in the living room. The last thing you want to do is go downstairs, but you also don't want to waste electricity. Now imagine something really cool: You have smart lights installed, so you only need to say “Alexa, turn off the lights” and you've powered them down without having to leave your bed. It's magic! Smart light bulbs are an easy and affordable way to add some internet-connected intelligence to your home. Many allow you to schedule them to come on or off at certain hours and on certain days. That means you can use them as a gentle alarm clock or as a way to scare off any would-be intruders when you’re out of town. That’s some smart thinking.
- $83 $135 at Amazon
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Smart Bulbs
- $38 $45 at Amazon
Philips Hue White Ambiance LED Smart Bulbs
- $13 at Amazon
GE Cync Smart LED Light Bulb
- $25 at Amazon
Wiz Connected Color 60W Smart WiFi Light Bulb, 2-pack
- $30 at Amazon
Sengled 60W Color-Changing Smart Bulb
- $11 $16 at Amazon
Wyze 1100 Lumen WiFi Tunable Smart Bulb
- $13 $16 at Amazon
A19 LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb
- $90 $170 at Amazon
Insignia 24-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD Fire TV
- $350 $470 at Amazon
Fire TV 50-inch 4-Series 4K Smart TV
- $77 $100 at Amazon
Portable Mini Projector
- $200 at Amazon
32-inch Class V35 Series Smart Fire TV
- $355 $530 at Amazon
50-inch ULED U6 Series Quantum Dot 4K Smart Fire TV
- $20 $40 at Amazon
iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds
- $180 $249 at Amazon
AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds
- $20 $40 at Amazon
Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- $50 at Amazon
Tune 510BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- $249 $329 at Amazon
Apple Watch SE
- $107 $220 at Amazon
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 11 Chromebook Laptop
- $515 $660 at Amazon
15.6-inch Windows 11 Laptop
- $174 $250 at Amazon
Garmin Instinct Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS
- $145 $160 at Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Tablet
- $57 $100 at Amazon
Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker
- $111 $150 at Amazon
Fitbit Versa 2
- $47 $80 at Amazon
Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip
- $105 $130 at Amazon
Google Nest Thermostat
- $23 $29 at Amazon
Smart Plug 4-pack
- $85 at Amazon
Blink Video Doorbell + Sync Module 2
- $30 $70 at Amazon
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Here are our favorite smart bulbs available now.
One of our favorite smart lighting products comes from Philips Hue, and this 3-pack is a particularly great entry point. You can set the mood with 16 million colors! These bulbs last a ridiculous 22 years — or 25,000 hours.
These LED Smart Bulbs are also Bluetooth-/Zigbee-compatible, which means you can connect them to the internet with the companion app. And, yes, they sync with either Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
Plenty of shoppers — over 30,000, in fact — have successfully integrated the Philips Hue Smart Light bulbs into their homes, like this reviewer: “I love these lights…I have six bulbs spread between two bedrooms and a bathroom. I never bothered to look at the instructions the bulbs come with. If you have connected any smart devices to apps before, there isn’t much to it… I use the base wattage bulbs and they have been perfect for me. At 100% it’s more than bright enough."
Although these lack color, you can still adjust the white ambiance range up to 50,000 shades of warm white or cool light. Currently, a 15%-off on-page coupon makes them a better deal than ever.
One five-star review said: "I am very picky about light, as is my husband. During the day I like a brighter, cooler-temperature light. In the evenings, I prefer dimmer warm lighting. These bulbs solved all of my problems. Installation was a breeze. I downloaded the app and it located the bulbs immediately.... Once in the app, you can change the color temperature of the bulbs and the brightness! Even better, you can have the lights connected so they both change to the same settings."
Forgot to turn off your lights before you left the house? No problem! Simply use the Cync mobile app to take care of everything from your phone. A nice perk: These smart LED light bulbs use 84% less energy and last 15 times longer than conventional bulbs.
GE Cync LED smart bulbs have plenty of fans. Said one of them: "I love these lights. They're such a great way to change the atmosphere of a room. Great for the bedroom, activity room, music room, smoke room, you name it. They sync up perfectly with Google and Alexa as well! I haven't had any issues. I must say, the color is amazing as well. So deep and beautiful."
The Philips Wiz bulbs don't just light up your home, they're great for parties too. They come with a slew of presets like "Fireplace" (it'll flicker between red and yellow) and "Christmas" to set the right mood for the occasion.
We especially like this bulb's Vacation Mode, which randomly turns on and off the lights to make it seem like someone's home. And of course, it works with Alexa as well as Google Assistant.
"Wow, I am impressed with this little light," said a five-star reviewer. "You can fade/dim the light and even set it to pulse. You can also set it to any color imaginable, throughout the entire color spectrum. The app includes lots of cool preset features like setting a romantic mood or alternating between spring colors. I was really surprised with all of these cool options."
Use the Sengled companion app to control these bulbs remotely wherever you are in the world — set timers, schedules, wake-up and sleep modes and more. There’s no hub required; you can just connect them directly to your home Wi-Fi network.
A shopper said: "The smart bulbs come in handy greatly because they connect to your Alexa or Google Assistant. The best part about them is that they change colors just by giving instructions to your speaker. Another important thing to consider is that [you can] turn off and on the lights in the room just by giving instructions."
“Paint” your room in up to 16 million colors and with multiple white light temperature modes. You can also create time-based color events or automate the syncing of several Wyze devices. This bulb also offers "sleep routines," so you can wake up or fall asleep to your own custom sunrise or sunset.
"This bulb was so easy to set up with the app and with my Google Home, and I feel like it's high quality for a low price," said one review. "I had some off-brand bulb in the past and it worked fine, but it was soo dim, even at 100% brightness. With this Wyze bulb that is not an issue; it has a MUCH brighter capacity."
It works with all of the major home ecosystems: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple's HomeKit. It'll also work with Razer Chroma if you happen to have any of those peripherals. Like many of the other smart bulbs here, you can set the Yeelight according to schedules and timers, and you can do so remotely. Plus, it's easy to install — simply screw it in and tap the app to get started.
"These bulbs are just fantastic," said a reviewer who gave the bulbs five stars. "Zero issues with quality, setup or performance. They're plenty bright considering the 60w equivalency. LAN control and lack of a hub requirement makes them quite responsive — perfect for ambient lighting for movies or gaming. Mine are tied into Razer Synergy 3 and Alexa and perform as expected. You can use commands like "Alexa, turn lights on" and "Alexa, set lights to magenta at 75%" with ease."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication
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