Arguably the easiest way to smarten up your home is with a smart light bulb. All you need to do is unscrew your existing traditional bulb, replace it with a smart one, download the app, connect, and voila! You can control the bulb from your phone, or even sometimes by voice. There are plenty of smart light bulbs out there, but when it comes to simple and affordable, the LiFX 1,100-lumen bulb is an excellent option because it has built-in Wi-Fi and thus doesn’t require a separate hub, can display up to 16 million colors, and works with all major voice control platforms. Best Overall: Best for Smart Home Set-up: Best for Integration: Best for Ambiance: Best for Microsoft: Best for Brand Reputation: Best for Parties: Best Overall: LiFX 1,100 Lumen Bulb Source: Amazon When it comes to simplicity of use and affordable pricing, you can’t go wrong with this handy light bulb. It can replace any standard A19-sized 11W dimmable bulb to display up to 16 million colors, including both warm and cool whites. Because it has built-in Wi-Fi, you don’t need a separate hub, making it easy to set up. You can control it from the mobile app as well as by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit with a compatible smart speaker. With a beam angle of 135-degrees and a life span of 22.8 years based on using it up to three hours a day, it also employs a pretty funky look. Versatile and hub-free for easy set-up and use This bulb can work with Google, Amazon, and Apple for voice control. And without the need for a hub, set-up and connection to Wi-Fi are simple, too. Source: Amazon If you are adding this bulb to an existing smart home, or looking to expand to create one, it’s a perfect complement, able to be used with scenes and routines. It works with both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control with a compatible smart speaker. You can also add it to scenes and routines with SmartThings and Wink when paired with a compatible hub, like the Sengled Smart Hub or Wink or Alexa devices that have built-in hubs. Available individually or in 2-, 4-, or 8-pack kits, it can become a part of a larger smart home set-up. Plus, it’s energy-efficient using 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. The beam angle is 240-degrees so you can get the light right where you want it. Add the bulb to existing scenes and routines Add multiple of these bulbs to different rooms of the home, pair it with a compatible hub, and control it by voice using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Source: Philips One of the most popular brands in this space, this bulb is ideal if you plan to use several different smart devices in the home, including multiple bulbs. Ideal for those looking to expand beyond just a single bulb, Philips Hue bulbs can be set up for whole-home systems. […]
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