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WigWag Lighting Starter Kit

With new low-cost color-changing LEDs, this already ambitious setup looks even better in 2014.

By September 11, 2014

MSRP: $199.00

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Best smart home devices of 2015

From smart locks to smart lights, we've reviewed all kinds of connected home products this year. This category is growing rapidly, but here are our favorites so far.


Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit

As the first retail-ready HomeKit product, Lutron's kit is just the beginning of Siri-integrated smart home control, but it works so well that I can easily recommend it today for any iOS users interested in plug-in lighting and dimmer products.

By June 4, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating June 4, 2015
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Stack Lighting Alba BR30 LED Starter Kit

With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.

By January 5, 2015

MSRP: $150.00


Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

Smart LEDs are an overdue addition to the WeMo family of gadgets -- thankfully, Belkin did a nice job of getting them right.

By September 17, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating September 17, 2014

Connected by TCP Wireless LED Lighting Kit

For basic lighting automation needs, this TCP kit will do the job nicely -- and it won't break the bank, either. For more advanced features and controls, consider the competition, but be prepared to splurge.

By November 12, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating November 12, 2013

iPhone 6S Plus takes on Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 in low-light photo shootout

We see which phone takes better shots in low-light -- the iPhone 6S Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the older iPhone 6.

By October 1, 2015


Motorola sheds light on its Android 6.0 Marshmallow plans

Find out which Moto phones will get Android 6.0 software updates and which will be left out in the cold. Also, get educated about Motorola's changes to its custom software.

By October 2, 2015


Finally Light Bulb

With a respectable but overstated quality of light, this bulb doesn't shine bright enough to impress. At $10 per bulb (more, once you factor in shipping), it's a poor value compared to what you'll find in the lighting aisle.

By July 14, 2015

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 14, 2015

'Bent light' offers glimpse of huge galaxy 11.7 billion light years away

Astronomers have used a trick of general relativity to look around a corner, of sorts, and view a massive, distant galaxy with remarkable clarity.

By June 9, 2015


Let there be lights! (smart lights, that is)

Automated lighting makes a lot of sense for the modern, connected living space. Here's what we chose for the CNET Smart Home.

By September 29, 2015