Adding a set of smart light bulbs is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get started building a smart home system. We researched all the standard A19-style smart bulbs (the kind that fit traditional lamps and fixtures), then tested ten models and the systems they work with. In the end, the first popular smart bulb is still the one that outshines (sorry about that) all the others. The setup is simple (we recommend the A19 Starter Kit that packages three bulbs and a Hue hub), and the bulbs’ wide interoperability with other apps and smart-home systems make Hue the most flexible and feature-rich smart bulb on the market.
Smart lighting is a lighting technology designed for . This may include high efficiency fixtures and automated controls that make adjustments based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability. is the deliberate application of light to achieve some aesthetic or practical effect. It includes , , and general lighting.
We considered 20 smart-light-bulb systems and then spent eight weeks testing 10 contenders, confounding a family of four by constantly changing how their lights worked, to determine that the is the best all-around smart LED bulb. The Hue does everything other smart light bulbs do but is part of a larger product and app ecosystem, allowing for more flexibility and creativity than any other smart bulb we tested. The Hue gives you the ability to change color and is compatible with the widest variety of smart-home systems, including Apple’s HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings hub and Amazon’s Alexa. It’s not the cheapest bulb we tested, but its reliable performance makes it a solid choice for any smart-home enthusiast or newbie.
More than just bulbs, Osram has a range of Lightify smart lighting including lamps, light strips and outdoor garden lights with 16 million colours to choose from, a colour picker, presets and that 'presence simulation' home safety feature.