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There are lots of devices you can get to begin your smart home journey, but most people make smart lights their first purchase. What should you get? In this article we have curated a list of our favorite smart light options. Let’s take a look at them together and then you can decide which one best suits your needs.

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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smart light bulbs regularly as new devices launch.


1. Philips Hue

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Philips Hue is likely the best choice for most people. Yes, you need a hub, but Hue bulbs are reliable and also easier to find at brick-and-mortar stores. Philips offers loads of smart light bulbs and lamps that can be controlled via Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. Don’t have a smart speaker? You really should, but if you don’t you can also control smart light bulbs directly from your smartphone via Hue compatible apps.

You can turn all the lights on/off at once, or a single one in any room. It’s also possible to dim lights to specific percentages, and even check with Assistant if you forgot to turn off any of them. To make your investment simpler, Philips offers smart light bundles, which often include lights and the hub. Here are some of our favorites.


2. Lifx Smart Bulbs

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Not impressed by Hue? Lifx is the second most popular choice. Lifx smart light bulbs are similar to those from Philips. You can turn them on/off, dim them, change their color, and more via Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. One can even create schedules to automate lighting. Unlike Philips products, though, these don’t require a hub.

The cheapest bulb – the Lifx Mini White – only produces white light. You’ll have to dish out more for the Lifx Mini Color, which lets you light up your home in any of the 16 million colors available. Three of the most interesting Lifx products are the Strip, Tile, and Beam.


3. Xiaomi Yeelight Smart Light Bulbs

Xiaomi Yeelight Color Led Light Bulb

We usually recommend Hue and Lifx, but there are other great options out there. This one is for those looking to make their homes smarter on a budget. If that sounds like you, check out Xiaomi’s Yeelight offerings. We reviewed Xioami’s desk lamp, a smart plug, and other accessories and found them all great. Particularly impressive is the Yeelight color LED bulb. It works well and is much cheaper than the competition at just $19.99.


4. Sengled Smart Light Bulbs

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Another great choice for budget users is Sengled, which offers affordable smart bulbs under the Element brand. Sengled lights require a hub, but they still offer some of the best bang for your buck when it comes to smart light bulbs. An individual bulb will cost $7.99 on Amazon.


5. Sengled Smart WiFi LED bulbs

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Those who don’t want to deal with smart hubs, yet like Sengled’s products, can go with their newer Smart WiFi line. They offer daylight and soft white versions for $13 per bulb. You can also pay $22 for the colored version. These work with your already-existing WiFi, making the set-up and maintenance less confusing.


6. Treatlife Smart Light Switch

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Smart light bulbs are great, but finding and sticking to specific brands can get annoying. This is why we want to turn your attention to a great alternative. The Treatlife Smart Light Switch can turn any light into a smart one. You won’t have control over fancy colors and extra features, but some of us just want to be able to turn lights on and off using an app or a smart speaker.

This alternative also requires installation, as it replaces your traditional light switch. Once installed and set up, though, you never have to worry about buying smart lights again. You can get any bulb and use the smart switch with it.


Making your home smart may be daunting at first, but the results are definitely worth your effort. We hope to get you started with this list of the best smart light bulbs, but there are more ways to make your home smarter!

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