Amazon deal: Light up your home with up to 25% off Philips Hue lightstrips
Customizing the lights in your home with smart lights can make a world of difference. Adding some much-needed ambiance to your living room or bedroom can totally change the way your whole home looks and feels. One great way to completely transform your space is by adding lightstrips either to your room or to your TV or monitor. Right now, you can get the Philips Hue White Lightstrip Starter Kit or the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance PC Lightstrip from Amazon for up to 25% off.
The Philips Hue White Lightstrip Starter Kit is $20 off its original price of $85, and it's everything you need to set up to brighten up your home. Trim the flexible 32-foot light strip to fit, and stick it up with the included adhesive wherever your place needs a little more oomph.
It comes with a customizable strip light that can sync to your Hue Hub and with your PC via the free Hue Sync software. Alternatively, you can sync your lighstrip with your PC via your Hub. Shine a light on darker cabinetry, light up the bathroom for when you use it at night, or add some twinkling fun to your living room entertainment space.
Philips Hue Lightstrip Starter Kit, $65 (reduced from $85)
The Philips Hue White and Color PC Lightstrip is its lowest price yet at just $127, which is down from its retail price of $170. Built specifically for your PC (or TV if small enough), it offers the same type of functionality as the Philips Hue Lightstrip Starter Kit, but is made specifically for backlighting.
This kit comes in the 24/27-inch size, but you can trim to size even further if you need to. The strip can be mounted on the back of your monitor and can bend around the screen's corners. It offers customizable surround lighting that you can sync to your Hue Bridge and Hue Sync desktop app, which can help enhance the way you enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, and games.
Philips Hue White and Color PC Lightstrip, $127 (reduced from $170)
The best smart lights
Need a regular smart light that can take the place of your typical bulb? We've got you covered there, too. The best smart lights come with both white and color options, Bluetooth, hub, and smart plug connectivity, and simple installation options. They're reliable, quality fixtures and are your best overall bets for setting up a smart home. Check out these top-rated Philips, GE Cync, TP-Link, and Lifx smart lights.
Philips Hue High Lumen smart bulb
The Philips Hue line is tough to beat when it comes to smart lighting. The premium-priced 100W High Lumen series boasts serious brightness, which is especially useful for larger living spaces. Choose from white light or over 16 million shades, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth setup that's simple to control straight from your phone or digital smart home platform. Change lighting effects with the touch of a button, indoor or outdoor. Add the Hue Hub (sold separately) to enable additional options, including timers, lighting scenes, and much more.
An Amazon customer called this smart light bulb one of the best on the market: "These are some top of the line smart bulbs. Can you find cheaper bulbs as far as costs is concerned? Yes, you can. But the saying goes, 'You get what you pay for.' And that holds true with these bulbs. If you are willing to invest into the Hue System, you won't be disappointed."
Philips Hue High Lumen smart bulb, $58
GE Cync Direct Connect smart bulb
GE's Cync Direct Connect smart bulbs are affordable and full-featured lights that come with a wide variety of options. They're a little less bright than other smart bulbs in their price range, at 750 lumens, but they support millions of colors and different features.
Without the need for a hub, they can connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi via app to allow set schedules, saved color scenes, and some of the simplest setup options you'll find.
An Amazon buyer proclaimed these smart lights as a "kaleidoscope for the hearth": "It has all the colors on the spectrum, and can imitate settings like the flickering of a candle or sunset. The light can be dimmed or enhanced in intensity. These are also rated to last 15 times longer than regular bulbs."
GE Cync Direct Connect smart bulb, $22
TP-Link Tapo smart Wi-Fi light strip
If strip lighting is more your speed, this smart light strip is a simple, straightforward option that has everything you need to illuminate your room with ease. You'll have access to a kaleidoscopic 1,000 lumens of brightness and 16 million colors. But if that's a bit overwhelming, no worries: It comes with preset color scenes to choose from, right out of the box.
Plus, it's nearly foolproof to set up, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, which means you're covered, no matter which platform you've opted for. They're great for adding lighting effects to doorways, entire rooms, or even the back of a TV to enhance shows and movies.
An Amazon buyer called them perfect: "Couldn't ask for a better setup, the app works flawlessly and the lighting is better than I was hoping. I'll be getting more sets!"
TP-Link Tapo smart Wi-Fi light strip, $40
Lifx Mini White smart bulb
If you're looking for a no-frills smart light that you can plug in and use within minutes, the Lifx mini bulb is a fantastic option. It boasts a smaller form factor than its brethren, and it offers only white light, but it's impressively bright, with 800 lumens. It connects quickly and painlessly to your Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth, and doesn't require a hub. It's barebones in terms of additional features, but it's so simple and reliable that it may as well be like screwing in a traditional light bulb.
An Amazon buyer was thoroughly happy with the purchase: "I got a top tier, non hub, competitor multi-color bulb that works well. They all integrate seamlessly with Alexa routines including on/off times or commands, sunset/sunrise times, dim down or ramp up brightness rates (e.g. go to 80% in 50 minutes). Quality product."
Lifx Mini White smart bulb, $27
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulb
This smart light boasts exceptional quality, with more than 16 million shades, including brilliant white. It's also very simple to set up. Adjusting voice control settings can be done directly from the Bluetooth-enabled app, which lets you manage up to 10 smart bulbs at a time. It boasts a whopping 25,000-hour lifetime. Heavy users can purchase a Hue Hub (sold separately) to unlock additional features, including timers and routines.
One Amazon customer praised this light's response time when used for general lighting or special effects: "I have been able to sequence lightning strikes with sound effects, sudden rapid color changes and a whole set of fun effects. When not being used for effects, these lights illuminate my porch with a realistic yet not too distracting flame effect."
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulb, $50
Wyze Bulb Color smart bulb
The affordable Wyze Bulb Color is a midrange option that can hold its own against the incomparable Philips Hue smart bulb. It offers 16 million colors to choose from, and a connected Wyze app to adjust scene changes, hue, and lighting temperature control, with no hub or bridge required for additional features.
An Amazon customer praised the bulb for its excellent value and reliability: "These bulbs do everything promised and are very reliable. I've used them for a few weeks and I'm ordering another 4-pack to use in a second floor lamp in my living room."
Wyze Bulb Color smart bulb, $14
Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED light bulb 2-pack
This budget bulb is the cheapest option available, and you get a 2-pack for less than the price of its competitors. It offers 16 million colors and works with both Alexa and Google Home, though it does not support Apple HomeKit.
It does, however, come with a variety of features, including scheduling and routines, without the need for an additional hub. For simple voice-controlled lighting with additional remote setup options, Sengled's bulbs are viable and frugal buys that come with a few of the bells and whistles their competitors offer.
One Amazon customer proclaimed they love these bulbs and that there's no hub required: "Overall, I highly recommend the Sengled smart bulb to anyone looking for an easy and convenient way to control their lighting. It's a great investment that pays off in both convenience and energy savings."
Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED light bulb 2-pack, $17
How to choose the best smart light
Setting up smart lights in your home can be a complicated affair, so here's a basic rundown of what you need to know. A smart light is a bulb that can be controlled via app or voice command. It connects to your home Wi-Fi and can be turned on or off, scheduled, set to routines, and more with your phone or spoken phrases.
There are a wide variety of smart lights on the market. Choosing the right one for your needs means figuring out what type of control you're looking for. Would you prefer direct access via smartphone app where you can control everything with a few taps? Or would you rather have voice control with smart home assistant support, like with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit?
A voice-controlled smart light lets you adjust your home lighting by speaking. It connects to a smart device, like a speaker, that "listens" to commands. When a command is received, a clip of the audio is sent to a remote server to "understand" what is being asked.
Then, those instructions go back to the smart device to carry them out. You might, say, use Alexa on a device like an Amazon Echo to say "Alexa, turn on the lights," or something similar. These lights are often connected either via Bluetooth, a smart light switch, or a smart hub.
With that in mind, you'll need to consider whether you need a smart plug or a hub for your setup. Some smart lights simply connect to Bluetooth and grant control from there. But others require a hub for full functionality, including light timers and dimming options. If you choose to connect your lights to a smart light switch without a hub, you may end up with less functionality, but you can still use your voice to turn your lights off and on.
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