If you grew up with a lava lamp or black light, did you ever daydream about the day when your house would have light bulbs in any color you wanted and you could control those lights with the click of a button? Well, even if you didn’t have that dream, it would be pretty cool, right? If you haven’t yet caught on to the LED color changing light bulb trend, maybe it’s time! At the very least, here’s what you need to know.
How does it work?
All LED color changing light bulbs work in traditional light fixtures but require some form of control (remote, Wifi, Bluetooth, or app) to make their color changing magic happen. They come with a variety of functions and prices to meet your lighting needs and budget. On the low end, price-wise, you can purchase a bulb like this one that has a handy remote to control a broad spectrum of colors. Or, you can take it to the next level with a WiFi bulb that connects via Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot, or Google Home Assistant. If you want go top-tier, purchase smart bulbs like Philips Hue or Lifx.
Why would someone want color changing bulbs?
This may be the top query of skeptics. As a start, here’s why there are LED color changing light bulb fanatics:
- They’re (almost all) smart. If you’re a techie who eagerly purchases every new smart gadget, then colored light bulbs are a nice companion to those gadgets. For example, devices like Alexa can pair with your bulbs so your alarms can be both audio and visual. If you’re distracted while watching videos of dogs surfing, then you might need a bright flashing purple light to remind you of your dinner reservation in 15 minutes.
- They add zen to your sleeping and waking. If you are someone who wants a soft start to the day, aka anything but the loud and jarring sound of an alarm clock, then light change may be the way to go. A lot of smart devices can hook up to colored light bulbs to both darken as you fall asleep and lighten as you wake up. You can even change the color by the minute so you have a snooze color (orange) and wake up color (green.)
- They add security. By downloading an app, you can control your lights from anywhere with a WiFi signal. It’s a great way to turn lights on in your house if you want to make it look like someone is home. Keep your entry door secure with these tips.
- They can shift your mood. Feeling anxious about your day? Set the bulb to calming blue. Feeling tired? Set the lights to a bright white to wake you up.
Bottom line: Are LED color changing light bulbs a necessity? No, they’re definitely a luxury, but everyone gets to choose what luxuries to splurge on. Maybe next time you have an extra bit of cash you’ll go for the colored bulbs. Or, maybe you’ll walk right past them and laugh at people who spend their money that way. Either way, now at least you know what those color-changing bulbs are all about.
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