Best smart light bulbs: the best smart lights from Philips Hue to
Smart lighting is one area of the smart home that just about anyone can
tackle. It requires little explanation, installation, and fiddling, and
before you know it, you're enjoying the lovely hues of your new smart
bulbs, controlling them with just your phone or your voice. Pendant light
Smart lighting is great because of the options you have at your
disposal: You can control them with just your phone or your voice. You
can change tone, brightness and even color. There's so many options with
smart lights, you may wonder what took you so long to make the switch.
Even if you don't pay a ton of attention to smart lighting, you have
likely heard of Philips Hue. It's definitely the biggest name in the
smart lighting game, but that doesn't mean it's the only horse in the
race – far from it.
There are some truly excellent offerings from companies such as Lifx if
you're looking for more of a talking-point; Hive if you're on a budget;
or Nanoleaf if you'd rather your lighting be part of your home's decor.
Each system comes with its own pros and cons, so here we'll talk you
through the brands you should be aware of, plus which smart lighting
solution will be the best fit for you and your home.There's a very good
reason why Philips Hue is the biggest name in the smart lighting scene:
it's without a doubt one of the greatest offerings to the market. The
lights produce the most natural tones of any smart lighting we've used,
the app is easy to use, and installation is a doddle.
That said, you can't use the Hue lights without the hub, meaning the
only way to get started is with a starter kit that's going to set you
back considerably more than just a light bulb would.
It's also worth noting that there are a variety of different lighting
kits and bulbs available in the Hue range, so you've got the choice of
White (which just does white light), Color (which offers over 16 million
colors), and Ambient variants of both (which gives you the option of
dimmer, softer tones).