You want to install “smarter” home lighting, but you don’t want to deal with all the different standards like Zigbee, Z-Wave, and other proprietary connections. You don’t want to tie your entire smart home down to just one hub, either. All you want is a smart light that simply works out of the box. We get it, and we’re here to help with our guide to the best smart bulbs without a hub.
All smart bulbs appearing on this list are A19-class devices fitting into an E26 socket, which you can see illustrated in a chart here. These smart bulbs either have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning all you need is a wireless network and an internet connection, or built-in Bluetooth, so you can control them with your smartphone and an app.
The best smart bulbs without a hub:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smart bulbs regularly as new ones launch.
1. Philips Hue White
The Phillips Hue smart bulbs may be the most popular in their category. Previous though, their bulbs required that you also purchase a separate Hue Bridge hardware hub so you could set them up and control them. That is no longer the case, although you can still use the Hue Bridge with them if you want for additional functionality.
Instead, the Philips Hue White smart bulbs have Bluetooth, so all you need is the company’s smartphone app for setup and control. You can use the app to remotely turn the bulbs on or off, or you can dim or brighten the light that comes from the bulbs. If you get one of the bulbs that support millions of different colors, the app lets you change the light to whatever color you desire. If you own an Amazon Echo smart speaker, you can also control the bulbs with voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant.
2. Anker Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb
This is your standard soft white (2,700K) smart LED bulb without any special colors. Setup is extremely easy: install the bulb, power on the lighting device (lamp, etc.), launch the EufyHome app, and connect the bulb to your Wi-Fi.
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You can link your EufyHome account to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Using voice commands, you can change the lighting temperature, turn off the lights, schedule on and off times, and control the bulb while away from home.
The Eufy Lumos smart bulb has a maximum brightness of 800 Lumens, the equivalent of a 60-watt bulb. You can get a version supporting 16 million colors for a slightly higher price.
3. Flux WiFi Smart LED
If you need more color in your life, this Flux LED bulb has plenty with more than 16 million at your fingertips. Simply install the bulb in your lighting device, open the Flux WiFi app, and connect the bulb to the internet.
After the initial setup, connect your account to Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or an IFTTT-compatible device to change colors, dim the lights, and more using voice commands. Other features include schedules for appearing at home when away on vacation, music synchronization for dance floor effects, and a wake-up mode.
On the maximum brightness front, the Flux WiFi Smart LED Bulb is comparable to a 50-watt incandescent bulb. You can also get a version with Bluetooth connectivity, and another model with a higher brightness through the Flux website. This bulb has a 20,000-hour lifetime.
4. LIFX Mini White
This bulb works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. The setup process is no different than the other smart bulbs on our list, requiring you to install the free Lifx app, connect the bulb to the internet, and link the account to your preferred assistant.
The newer Lifx Mini White is much more simple (and affordable) than what we are used to seeing from the company. The unit can output up to 800 lumens of warm light, and it’s also dimmable. It’s not as fancy as the super-bright, multi-color version, but it will serve most people better considering its accessible price point and simpler operation.
5. Sengled Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 Bulb
Sengled was one of the first companies to make smart bulbs without a hub, and the tradition continues with their latest bulb. The Sengled Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 Bulb operates over your Wi-Fi network and can be controlled with an Android or iOS app. Voice controls are also available, thanks to Alexa and Google Assistant support.
As the name entails, this is an RGB light with 16 million available colors. You can also pick between different white temperatures (2000K to 6500K), set schedules, and take advantage of different modes.
6. Teckin SB60 RGB Smart Bulb
This model relies on the Smart Home app developed by Yu Xiang. It supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, enabling voice-based commands. Simply install the app, connect the bulb to the internet, and link the free Teckin account to your favorite assistant.
Similar to other smart bulbs on our list, Teckin’s model supports various customizable themes, schedules, and over 16 million colors. The company says it consumes up to 60 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb, which you can track within the app.
The Teckin smart bulb has a maximum brightness equivalent to a 60-watt bulb. It promises a lifespan of 22.8 years when using the bulb for just three hours a day.
7. TP-Link Kasa KL130
Similar to the Anker Eufy Lumos model, this smart LED bulb features a “turnable” illumination ranging from soft white (2,500K) to daytime-style white (9,000K). It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana voice commands after linking your free Kasa account to these services.
Controlling TP-Link’s smart bulb is the Kasa Smart app, enabling you to set schedules, lighting scenes, adjust the brightness, track energy usage, and tune the lighting temperature. You can also change the color to spice things up a bit.
This smart bulb without a hub has a maximum brightness of 800 Lumens, or the equivalent of a traditional 60-watt bulb. It has a lifespan of 25,000 hours.
8. Yeelight LED Bulb 1S
This bulb is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and works without a hub, just like the rest of the products on this list.
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You can adjust this bulb using the dedicated app, and it’s an RGB LED, which means you can get creative. One can also set a schedule so that the bulb will turn on and off at specific times. That means the bulb can turn on when your alarm rings, for example, making sure you won’t bump into any furniture when you get up.