When thinking about the smart home, the most interesting thing is smart lights. Being able to control your lights with your voice or even with your smartphone is a pretty futuristic thing - even now, that we've had this functionality for a few years. But there are so many smart lights out there, which ones are the best to pick up, and which ones are not worth even looking at?
We've rounded up the very best smart light bulbs that you can currently purchase. All of the bulbs below are currently on sale (unless they've gone out of stock for some reason), and not just ones that have been announced and not put on sale just yet.
Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Starter Kit
This is the "best" in our opinion because it is the one that you need to purchase to really get started. This Starter Kit from Philips Hue includes the Hue Bridge (the hub that its bulbs connect to). But it also includes four colored bulbs - which Hue calls "White & Color Ambiance". Making it a great one to start off with.
Philips Hue is pretty popular because it was one of the first to come out with smart light bulbs, so they do have the experience of being in this market, and it has a ton of different bulbs available. Not to mention that it is still adding more, and expanding its ecosystem.
Hue is great because you can control these lights from your smartphone, you are able to control individual lights as well as rooms or even your entire home. These also work with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to use your voice to control them as well.
Smart lights, like these LEDs will also save you money over time, on lighting. LEDs use less energy, but you also have the ability to set these on a schedule, so you aren't leaving lights on all day long or even all night. Say you forgot to turn off the lights before you left, yo can also jump into the app and turn them off from your office. And who doesn't like saving money?
This started kit from Philips Hue is usually priced at $199 from Amazon, however right now you can pick it up for $150. And you can grab them from the link below.
LIFX A19 WiFi Smart Bulb
Unlike Philips Hue, LIFX does not need a hub. This does make these bulbs a bit more expensive, but it also means that you don't need to fuss with using a hub to connect these to the internet. Each bulb has internet connectivity built-in.
The A19 is one of many sizes that LIFX currently has, and it is also one of the brightest bulbs out there. It can output millions of different colors, which can all be controlled in the LIFX app, or with your voice using the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. This bulb is equivalent to a 75W LED bulb, so it's not exactly the brightest, but you won't be disappointed by how bright it does get.
Now since this does not use a hub, it does make it easier to assign bulbs to different rooms and even to different homes. Perhaps you have bulbs in your home and at your office, you can separate them but still control them all with the LIFX app. Which, is a pretty niche feature, but still great to have here.
Typically individual LIFX A19 bulbs will cost $59.99, but right now they are on sale for $47.99, and are a great option for most people. You can pick them up from Amazon using the link below.
eufy Lumos Smart Bulbs
If you don't care for the fancy colors that LIFX and Philips Hue offer, then eufy's Lumos bulbs are going to be a great option for you. These are available in dimmable white or tunable white models, and are under $20 each. Making them much cheaper than the LIFX and Philips Hue models. This also makes it a great way to add smart lights to your entire home without having to spend a ton of money, which is a good thing too.
eufy, like the other bulbs on this list are controlled via the eufy app. Allowing you to set schedules, and also control them with your smartphone. These also work with both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, allowing you to use your voice to turn off the lights. Which are pretty standard features these days, but seeing these on much cheaper smart lights is definitely nice to see.
The eufy Lumos are also somewhat bright. They are a 60W equivalent, so not quite as bright as the LIFX A19 bulbs, but these are also smaller. These will work fine in lamps or over the sink in the bathroom and kitchen. But for ceiling lights, you may want something a bit brighter, as 60W can struggle to really light up a room, unfortunately.
eufy Lumos are priced at around $15.99 typically on Amazon, and that is a really good price for a smart bulb in this market. You can pick up the eufy Lumos smart bulbs from Amazon using the link below.
TP-Link Smart Bulbs
TP-Link, yes the router company, also makes smart bulbs. And they are also pretty cheap. Similar to the eufy models above, these are only available in dimmable or tunable white, so unfortunately there's no color here. But these are still under $20 each. These are also 60W equivalent bulbs, so again, not super bright, but they will do the job.
With TP-Link, you can still control these through its app, so you can set a schedule, as well as being able to turn them on and off when you are not at home. TP-Link, surprisingly, does work with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing you to also use your voice to control the bulbs.
These bulbs from TP-Link will be great for ceiling or lamp lights, ones that you likely won't be using different colors for in the first place, and at $20 each, it's definitely a good deal. Tunable is a great option, as you can set it to the variation of white you prefer. Whether that is white, or more of a yellowish color.
The TP-Link smart bulbs are available for under $20 on Amazon, and you can pick them up using the link below.
Philips Hue Bloom
As a bonus, here's the Philips Hue Bloom. This is an angled smart light that you can use to add some accent lighting into a room, and it really works rather well. You can point it at a wall to bounce off of and really give a unique look in your house. It can also sit behind a TV and give you an interesting look behind the TV, which is a rather cool feature to be honest.
Philips Hue Bloom is very similar to the other smart lights on this list. It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, like the other Philips Hue bulbs on this list. It also works with the Philips Hue app, allowing you to customize the color, brightness and so much more.
This light is not portable like the Philips Hue Go, so it does need to stay plugged in. But you can get very creative with this smart light from Philips Hue and try out some new stuff to add accent lighting for your home. Unfortunately, it can only do one color, unlike the LED strips that you can pick up from Philips Hue, LIFX and others.
The Philips Hue Bloom is usually priced at $59.99, though Amazon does sometimes add different coupons that you can clip to save some extra cash on this bulb. So be on the look out for that. You can pick up the Bloom from Amazon using the link below.
If you are looking to invest in a particular ecosystem, Philips Hue and LIFX are going to be the best options. Those two companies are coming out with some rather interesting lighting products that you can add to your home and really light up the place. Now if you are looking for something that you can use just to give your existing lights some "smarts" then, TP-Link and eufy are great options, as they are much cheaper, and don't offer much color. Which is going to be perfectly fine for most people.
Right now, Philips Hue offers the most complete ecosystem for its lights, but remember you do need that Hue Bridge to connect them. Though, if you do purchase the Amazon Echo Plus, you won't need the Hue Bridge, since the Echo Plus works as a hub. And it'll kill two birds with one stone, since it is going to give you Alexa support as well.
All of the bulbs listed above are all really great options and you really can't go wrong with any of them. There are tons of smart lights out there, but these are the best available right now, and this might change in the near future.