Best Smart Bulbs For Smart Home.
An automated home, with the ability to remotely control electrical appliances around the house, is no longer just the stuff of science fiction movies and futuristic fantasies. This new technology, in short, allows the homeowner to run his or her automated home from any room in the house or while away through a remote, often an app on a smartphone.
The best way to get started with this technological revolution is a smart light bulb, which you can remotely turn on and off from your phone. These bulbs are now pretty cheap and also really easy to set up. What’s more, you get to save on electricity and money without having to get up from your couch to turn the lights off.
Here is our pick of the best smart bulbs for your automated home!
Simple and smart, the Philips Hue smart lighting system is one of the best buys on the market. Boasting features like the ability to change the brightness or colours of individual bulbs and picking colours from images, the Philips Hue smart bulb system would be a valuable addition to your smartphone.
The starter kit has three LED bulbs, at 600 Lumens and the bridge that goes along with it. It has comprehensive app support on iPhones, Androids and desktops and also smart watches like the Apple Watch and Pebble Smartwatches.
The LIFX A19 is in a league of its own with 16 million colour choices, including 1,000 shades of white alone. The Wi-Fi bulbs feature a maximum brightness of 1,000 Lumens. On top of all this, it doesn’t even need a hub to function.
Installation is really simple and it will integrate with your nest home system if you already have one. The app has a very simple interface and apart from setting colours and themes, the app also allows you to divide your home into separate zones and then allot timings for each specific zone.
Hive Active Light
A favourite of consumers in the UK, the Hive Active Light can replace previously existing bulbs, and you can then control them through the Hive app via your smartphone or laptop. The app offers a light dimming functionality, the ability to set up schedules and also, complete Alexa and IFTTT support.
There are both colour and white versions available. But unless you already have the Hive smart thermostat too, you will need to buy the Hive Hub (£80) to connect to your home router.
Price: White: £29.99 Colour: £44
TikTeck Smart LED Light Bulb
Priced at only $9.99, the TickTeck Smart Bulb is the ideal choice for your automated home if you are a little light in your pockets.
The only drawback is these bulbs are controlled via Bluetooth. So your phone needs to be in the same room to operate the bulbs. However, using Bluetooth Mesh, you can control multiple bulbs from the same phone.
Philips Hue Go
The Philips Hue Go is a portable, lightweight, bowl-shaped lamp which is perfect for dimly lit outdoor settings and makes for a very soothing atmosphere.
The app allows you to control brightness, tone, colour and also doubles as a bedside smart alarm. The battery lasts for 3 hours on the Low Power Mode.
The iLumi A19 smart bulb operates via Bluetooth through a smartphone app. Ilumi offers several lighting choices depending on room size and brightness requirements. These bulbs can work together in unison through one app and are very easy to set up everywhere around the house.
Just like most of the other smart bulbs on the list, the Misfit Bolt offers millions of colour choices along with customizable brightness and colour temperature. Made from aircraft aluminium, these bulbs utilise a Bluetooth mesh system instead of Wi-Fi.
Price: $50 for one, $130 for a set of three
MiPow Playbulb Garden
The MiPow Garden model would be a very impressive choice for your automated home. The LED solar powered garden lights stay on for about 20 hours, conserving energy when required. With its IP65 certification, it is completely safe from rain and other disagreeable weather conditions. The app lets you play around with a wide variety of colourful themes.
Offering a plethora of colour schemes like Fair Woods and Calm Provence, this smart bulb system can be used to set up different moods across different rooms in your automated home. No hubs or bridges are required for these bulbs and they are all connected to each other through a Smart Bluetooth System.
The Osram Lightify system is our pick of choice for smart lighting systems. Not just bulbs, Osram’s range of lighting systems extends to lamps, light strips and even outdoor garden lights.
The app allows you to have up to 50 interconnected bulbs in your high-tech, automated home. The primary selling point, however, is simply the extensive range of colour and theme choices. With over 16 million colours, a colour picker, a theme form factor selector, Osram leaves no stone unturned when it comes to customising your lighting system