Control Your Home's Lighting from Absolutely Anywhere with These Smart Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to make your home more efficient is by swapping out standard light bulbs for smart ones. But what, exactly, is a smart light bulb? "These internet-capable LED bulbs can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth or your voice (think Alexa and Google Home)," explains home improvement expert Kathryn Emery. Unlike standard incandescent iterations, smart bulbs can be controlled from anywhere, are dimmable, and often change colors. According to Emery, it's important to stick to a uniform brand when you shop, so "everything is connected and easy to control." And while you might need to factor in a "hub," which is a separate appliance that activates your lighting, "some smart bulbs don't require an extra piece of hardware—meaning you simply screw it in and connect it to your WiFi network."
As you might expect, smart bulbs are pricier than the ones you grew up using—but you will save money in the long run. "Most LED lights only cost a few dollars a year to operate," explains Emery, noting that if you left home but forgot to turn the lights off, you could do so remotely, saving on your energy bill in the process. They can also offer peace of mind and ambience: "If you're on vacation and don't want your home to be dark while you are away, you can set a schedule. Watching a movie or want to set a mood? Dim the lights." Ready to ditch your traditional lighting, but don't know where to start? Ahead, find several of the best smart bulbs on the market.
Best Smart Light Bulbs to Buy Now
- Best Budget Buy: LIFX A19 White LED Smart Bulb
- Best for Color Lovers: Phillips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 Bluetooth LED Bulb
- Best for Outdoor Use: Phillips Hue White Ambiance Lily Outdoor Spotlight Base Kit
- Hardware-Free Smart Bulb: Cree Lighting Connected Max A19 LED White & Color Changing Bulb
- Smart Bulb with Motion Sensor: Wyze Labs WLPA19 White Smart Bulb