These Bluetooth bulbs are a legitimate temptation for anyone interested in smart security, but consider waiting to see if new battery packs bring new features into play before buying in.
Philips Hue's LEDs are still the color-changing bulbs to beat, but they're still awfully expensive -- and the competition is catching up quickly. Apple HomeKit integration is a big step forward for the software, but it's disappointing that the hardware didn't get more of an upgrade, as well.
Branded as "C by GE" bulbs, these new connected LEDs use Bluetooth to sync with your phone, and promise to help you sleep better at night.
These aren't the cheapest smart bulbs you can buy, but Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit is more affordable than Philips or Belkin's, and arguably more feature-rich, too. As a legitimate competitor, it deserves consideration.
With new low-cost color-changing LEDs, this already ambitious setup looks even better in 2014.
There's nothing groundbreaking about this simple system, but for basic small home security, it gets the job done.
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.
While you may be tempted by the promise of value, Archos' sloppy Smart Home Starter Pack fails at a fundamental level.
You'll almost certainly need to expand upon this kit in order for your system to be particularly useful, and for the majority of buyers, we're not convinced that Insteon is worth the investment. Start elsewhere.
With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.