Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Amazon Alexa
Smart light bulbs not only allow you to automate, control and manage your home's lights with the touch of a button, but they also save you money on energy costs. If you have an Amazon Alexa, make sure that you install Alexa-compatible bulbs so you can make the most out of your smart home experience.
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While most smart light bulbs may not be known for their style, the Sealight Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb is the exception, providing a vintage look with modern smart home light capabilities. It doesn’t require use of a hub, either, and is really easy to install—simply screw in and follow the provided step-by-step.
The Philips Hue Smart Bulb is perhaps the most popular smart light bulb on the market. Connect it to the Hue Hub (sold separately, or included in a Phillips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit) and you can control up to 50 lights, without hogging your home’s Wi-Fi or requiring an extender. Add other accessories, such as Hue Dimmer Switch (installation-free) and Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor, for the ultimate whole-home smart lighting experience.
Looking for a smaller smart light bulb option? LIFX mini smart bulbs have a sleek and compact design that can fit most lamp and lighting fixtures, even the smaller ones. These lights are also extremely energy efficient, using only 8 watts of electricity and have a 22.8-year estimated lifespan. With no smart home hub required, they’re a great option for those looking to keep it small and simple. No matter what type of lighting you need, here are 10 living room lighting ideas to inspire you.
The inexpensive cut-to-fit Govee Smart Light Strip features 16 million colors that you can adjust, dim and program. A built-in microphone lets you sync to music, too. Great for ambient lighting in kitchens, adaptable holiday lighting on porches and living room parties—all Alexa-controlled.
The Sengled Smart LED smart bulbs are among the most affordable in the smart bulb market. They do require a smart home hub, but can be controlled by Alexa, too. If you’re trying to keep your smart home as straightforward and inexpensive as possible, these are the Alexa lights for you.
The TP-Link light bulb is the perfect multicolor Alexa light for those who don’t own a smart home hub. TP-Link light bulbs connect to your smart devices directly through your home’s Wi-Fi network instead. With Alexa, you can control, dim and even change the color of these lights with your voice.
If you’re currently using a Wink, Smart Things or Zigbee hub to control your smart home, you should look into installing GE Link Smart LED bulbs. While these lights don’t have color options, you can still turn them on and off and dim them through connected smart devices. GE also says they last for 22.8 years, which translates into about $1.45 per year in energy costs. Check out these tips for choosing LED bulbs for your home before you make the purchase.
While the Eufy White Wi-Fi Bulb may not have all the bells and whistles, they certainly are a reliable option for those looking to dabble in the smart home space. With no hub required, you can set schedules and enable “away mode” to simulate an occupied home while you’re on vacation from within the Eufy app. It also comes with an 18-month warranty.
Looking for another colorful option? Al Above Lights have over 16 million color options—same as the popular Hue, but without having to tap into a greater Hue system. Through their free app, you can save lighting preferences for different occasions. Note that these LED smart bulbs are only compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. If you haven’t yet caught on to the LED color changing light bulb trend, maybe it’s time!