The smart home has become a popular topic in the past few years, and the best way to get started in making your home a smart home is by switching out your light bulbs. There are a slew of light bulbs available on the market that are smart, but the real question is which ones are worth picking up? Well here's out list of the top 10 best.
TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb
TP-Link has some of the easiest to set-up light bulbs. This is largely due to the fact that there is no bridge needed to set these up and use them in your home. Additionally these do work with Alexa, allowing you to control these light bulbs with your voice, in addition to the app that TP-Link has available on the Play Store and Apple App Store.
Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit
Philips Hue are some of the most popular light bulbs on the market right now. This is largely due to the number of different bulbs and other products that are available. However they are pretty expensive and do require a bridge. Having said that, they are compatible with just about every platform, including both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb
LIFX has been gaining in popularity lately, and that's due to the fact that you can buy just one light bulb to get started. The LIFX bulbs are available in plain white, or in RGB. So you can set up your entire home with RGB bulbs and change the color through the app on your smartphone, which is pretty awesome.
GE Link Smart LED Light Bulb
GE may be the most well-known brand when it comes to light bulbs period. And they have smart LED bulbs available now as well. Like many others on this list, these do also work with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control them with your voice. These do not require a hub or a bridge to work either.
Philips Hue Bloom
This light here is part of the Philips Hue ecosystem, so you will need their bridge to be able to use the Bloom. Like other products in their ecosystem, it does work with both the Google Assistant/Google Home as well as Amazon Alexa. The Philips Hue Bloom is a great light to use in a large room, and have it aimed at the ceiling and it does do RGB colors.
Stack Starter Kit
Stack does need a hub here, and their starter kit comes with the hub as well as two BR30 bulbs, which is actually pretty good with the starting price of $99. That's not a bad place to start when thinking about replacing all of the bulbs in your home and making them smart. These are also compatible with Amazon Alexa.
SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY by Osram - Smart LED Light Bulbs
Sylvania also has their own smart LED light bulbs and like many others on this list, they do not require a hub and do in fact work with Amazon's Alexa service. So that with these bulbs not only can you control them with your smartphone, but also with your voice. These are not just white bulbs either, they can do just about any color you can imagine.
Philips 800292 Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension
If you have already invested in the Philips Hue ecosystem and want to spice up your home entertainment center, the Lightstrip Plus is definitely worth picking up. You can attach this light strip to just about anything and again, control it with your phone or your voice. It looks pretty impressive against the back of a TV.
TP-Link Multicolor Smart Wi-Fi A19 LED Bulb
This bulb here from TP-Link is a bit different from the one we already listed. This one does multi-color, so you can use just about any color you want here. This is great for those times you may want to light up the room a bit differently. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, as you might expect.