The 7 best smart bulbs to buy in 2022

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These smart bulbs will light up and add color to your home! (Photo: Amazon)

Imagine you are all tucked under the covers and ready for bed. But suddenly you remember that you left the lights on in the living room. The last thing you want to do is go downstairs, but you also don’t want to waste power. Now imagine something really cool: You have smart lights installed, so you only need to say “Alexa, turn off the lights” and you’ve turned them off without even having to leave your bed. It’s magical! Smart light bulbs are an easy and affordable way to add some internet-connected intelligence to your home. Many allow you to schedule them to turn on or off at specific times and on specific days. This means you can use them as a gentle alarm clock or as a way to scare off any would-be intruders when you’re out of town. This is a smart thought.

Here are our favorite smart bulbs available now.

These smart LED bulbs are also Bluetooth/Zigbee compatible, meaning you can connect them to the internet with the companion app. And, yes, they sync with either Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Just $68 now with a coupon on the page.

Many buyers—over 29,000, in fact—have successfully integrated Philips Hue smart light bulbs into their homes, like this reviewer: “I love these lights… I have six bulbs spread between two bedrooms and a bathroom. I never bothered to look at the instructions with the bulbs. If you’ve connected smart devices to apps before, there’s not much… I use the basic power bulbs and they’ve been perfect for me. At 100% it’s more than bright enough.”

Although they have no color, you can adjust the range of white atmosphere up to 50,000 shades of warm white or cool light. Currently a 15% off coupon on their page makes it a better deal than ever.

A five star review said: “I’m very picky about light and so is my husband. During the day I like a brighter light with a cooler temperature. In the evenings, I prefer softer warm lighting. These bulbs solved it all my problems. Installation was simple. I downloaded the app and it detected the bulbs right away. This process literally took two minutes. Once you’re in the app, you can change the color temperature of the bulbs and the brightness! Even better, you can have the lights connected so they both change to the same settings or you can change them individually.”

Forgot to turn off your lights before leaving the house? No problem! Just use the Cync mobile app to take care of everything from your phone. A nice perk: These smart LED bulbs use 84% less energy and last 15 times longer than a regular bulb.

GE Cync smart LED bulbs have multiple fans. One of them said: “I love these lights. They are a great way to change the atmosphere of a room. Perfect for the bedroom, activity room, music room, smoke room, you name it. They sync perfectly with Google And Alexa too! I had no issues. I have to say the color is amazing too. So deep and beautiful. Definitely recommend!”

We especially like this lamp’s holiday mode, which randomly turns the lights on and off to make it look like someone’s home. And of course, it works with Alexa as well as Google Assistant.

“Wow, I’m impressed with this little light,” said one five-star reviewer. “You can dim/dimm the light and even set it to pulse. You can also set it to any color you can imagine, across the entire color spectrum. The app includes lots of cool presets like setting a romantic mood or switching between spring colors. I was really surprised with all these good choices.”

Use the companion Sengled app to remotely control these bulbs wherever you are in the world — set timers, schedules, wake and sleep functions, and more. No hub required. you can simply connect them directly to your home Wi-Fi network.

One buyer said: “Smart bulbs are very useful because they connect to Alexa or your Google Assistant. The best part about them is that they change colors just by giving instructions to your speaker. Another important thing to consider is that [you can] we turn the lights on and off in the room just by giving instructions.”

“Paint” your room in up to 16 million colors and with multiple white light temperature modes. You can also create time-based color events or automate the synchronization of multiple Wyze devices. It offers sleep routines so you can wake up or fall asleep at your own custom sunrise or sunset.

“This bulb was so easy to set up with the app and my Google Home and I feel like it’s high quality for a low price,” said one review. “I had an off brand bulb before and it worked fine but was so dim even at 100% brightness. With this Wyze bulb there is no problem, it has MUCH more capacity.”

Works with all major ecosystems: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s HomeKit. It will also work with the Razer Chroma if you happen to have one of those peripherals. Like many of the other smart bulbs here, you can set the Yeelight according to schedules and timers, and you can do it remotely. Plus, it’s easy to install — just screw it on and press apply to get started.

“These bulbs are just fantastic,” said one reviewer who gave the bulbs five stars. “Zero issues with quality, setup or performance. They are very bright considering the 60w equivalent. LAN control and no hub requirement makes them quite responsive – perfect for ambient lighting for movies or games. Mine are connected to the Razer Synergy 3 and Alexa and perform as expected. You can use commands like ‘Alexa, turn on the lights’ and ‘Alexa, set the lights to 75% magenta’ with ease.”

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The reviews listed above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication

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