The most popular Smart Light alternatives of 2018

Curiua Team  —  November 26, 2018

Smart lights are getting increasingly popular and can truly add another dimension to your home. The bulbs use LED technology which means the bulbs last for years and enables you to control their brightness and color through your smartphone or tablet. Even using voice control is now possible with compatible devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit.

So why not brighten up your home with one of the most popular smart light alternatives available today.

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit

This kit ranks at the top of available smart light alternatives - its beautiful design and reliability are unmatched. The standard kit comes with three bulbs (either screw fit or bayonet fit depending on your preference) and a hub that links them to your smart device. Using the much praised Hue app, you will have more than 16 million colors to choose from.

A wireless dimmer switch that can adjust the brightness and switch the bulbs on-and-off is also available. The hub is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit.

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LIFX Multicolor A60 Smart Bulb

The LIFX smart bulb offers great light quality and can be a more economical option since it doesn't require a hub - instead it connects directly to your smart device. Like most smart bulbs today, it can be programmed to turn-on and off at a set time in a preferred color and intensity. LIFX claims the bulb has a very long lifespan (more than a decade).

Voice control is also possible when used in combination with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It's available with both screw fit and bayonet fit.

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Hive Active Light Starter Kit

This kit comes with the Hive Hub and two smart bulbs. Hive is the same company that offers heating and hot water systems, so if you already use Hive for heating all you need to do is buy the smart bulbs. Bulbs that can change color or just go from cool to warm white are also available.

This Hive hub is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but not yet with Apple HomeKit. The bulbs are available with both screw fit and bayonet fit.

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TP-Link LB130

The TP-Link smart bulb doesn't come with a hub, so it can be an economical option if you don't need smart bulbs in multiple rooms. It connects directly to your smart device using the Kasa app, Amazon Alexa or Google Home. The Kasa app can regulate brightness, select colors and allows you to set schedules. The bulbs come with screw fit and a bayonet fit adapter.

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Philips Hue Phoenix LED Table Lamp

The Phoenix, unlike other smart bulbs that attach to the wall or ceiling, is a table lamp. It has a unique mushroom-like shape and is ideal as a bedside lamp. Fitted with a light alarm clock, it can go from cool white to warm white steadily to simulate a sunrise. You can also have it on a fixed setting depending on your mood.

Note that the Philips Hue Bridge hub - which is sold separately - is required for this lamp. It's compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.

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A final note: Smart bulb prices have gone down considerably over the last couple of years, but they're still a lot more expensive than traditional bulbs. That being said, smart bulbs can actually save you money in the long run thanks to less energy use and a much longer life span.

We recommend using our price comparison service to find a great deal on your favorite bulbs, best of luck!

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