The Best Smart Bulbs for 2017

When choosing the best smart bulbs for your home, you’ll find that in terms of functionality there is not much between the main brands. Price is, of course, a major factor but when making your final purchase decision, you’ll also want to consider the setting and location within your home of your smart lighting and what kind of activity the light will be used for.

In your living room or bedrooms, your priorities may be ambience and integration with your music and entertainment, while in the kitchen or bathroom the emphasis is more likely to be with bright natural light.

You’ll also need to consider the way in which the bulbs communicate with your devices and whether they function as a separate gateway unit.

What are Smart Bulbs?

A smart bulb is an LED bulb that’s internet-ready, meaning it can be customized (change colour, dimmed, brightened), scheduled and controlled – all remotely. Smart bulbs are an Internet of Things (IoT) product, and one of the most popular because it is both camparitively cheap in regard to other IoT products, and has a very noticeable impact on daily life.

The Best Smart Bulbs on the Market in 2017:

Here is our run down of the best smart bulbs currently on the market:

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Bulb

Phillips Hue

If you are just dipping your toe into the world of smart lighting for the first time and you want to go for a single bulb, the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance bulb is a great choice.

The one bulb boasts the Hue trademark 16 million colour choices, which are available in the Hue app, as well as the ability select white lighting options and programme colour scenes.

These smart bulbs also connect with third-party apps in order to sync your lights with music and video.

Product tech specs:

Wattage: 10 watts
Brightness: 360-600 lumen
Life Est: 14 years / 15,000 hours
Compatibility: Wink, Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, SmartThings and select third party apps

Price: £49.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter KitPhilips Hue is hardly a new kid on the block. This entry level product is a great out of the box lighting starter solution. It includes three Philips smart bulbs and a Hue Bridge. This is the gateway device that allows you to wirelessly connect and control up to 50 Hue devices at once.

Hue colour smart bulbs output white and colour light allowing you to set the ambience in the room. You can select the colour and brightness that you want and even recreate colours from your own photographs.

You can set lighting schedules, to keep your household running efficiently and securely, and sync with music and movies. Philips Hue is also compatible with IFTTT where you can set-up recipes for smart lighting.

Product tech specs:

Wattage: 10 watts
Brightness: 800 lumen
Life Est: 20 years / 25,000 hours
Compatibility: Wink, Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, SmartThings and select third party apps

Price: £149.99 on Amazon.co.uk

LIFX Colour 1000 WiFi Smart LED Bulb

LIFX Colour 1000 WiFi Smart LED BulbOne of the best smart bulbs on the market in 2017 is LIFX colour 1000. Like the Philips Hue the LIFX Colour 1000 smart LED bulb boasts a spectrum of up to 16 million colour choices and 1000 shades of white, which are adjustable and dimmable.

The main feature of this easy to set up smart bulb is that no hub is required. All you need is the bulb and a smart device as they use WiFi and come with the control hardware built-in. LIFX are compatible with a wide range of smart devices and integrate with products within the Nest and SmartThings range as well as the Amazon Alexa family.

With LIFX you have the option to group your smart lights allowing you to control multiple lights at once thereby operating by an individual bulb or by room and even the entire house.

The LIFX companion app is freely available for Android, iOS and Windows.

Product tech specs

Wattage: 11 watts
Brightness: 1055 lumen
Life Est: 22.8 years / 25,000 hours approx based on 3 hours usage a day
Compatibility: Works with Alexa, SmartThings, Nest

Price: £64.99 on Amazon.co.uk

WeMo Smart LED Bulb Starter Kit

WeMo Smart LED bulb Starter KitThis set from Belkin includes two WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and the WeMo link giving you the facility to link up to 50 bulbs which can be controlled individually or in groups. Using iPhone or Android devices you can switch lights off and on, dim them and create custom schedules.

Like the Philips Hue, the WeMo Smart LED Bulb will replace your existing bulbs. You will be able to control, schedule and your lights from anywhere via the WeMo Link, Wi-Fi and the WeMo app.

You can also create various recipes with your lights and other actions via IFTTT.

Product tech specs

Wattage: 9.5 watts
Brightness: 800 lumen
Life Est: 23 years / 25,000 hours approx based on 3 hours usage a day
Compatibility: Not Compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Price: £39.99 on Amazon.co.uk

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