Make your favorite lamp smart with this $10 Philips Hue bulb
That's tied for an all-time low price. Just make sure you have a hub to go with it.
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So, how many people does it take to screw in a smart-bulb? Um, duh: one. Just take the old bulb out of your favorite lamp and replace it with this. Now you can tell Alexa, "Alexa, turn on the lamp in the living room."
You will, however, need a Philips Hue Hub as well. Hopefully you already have one, in which case this is just a super cheap addition to your existing smart-home setup. If not, you can get one as part of a Hue bulb kit or buy it separately. Another option: buy an Amazon Echo Plus, which includes the necessary hub.
Originally published on March 12, 2019. Update, March 13: More inventory available at Amazon, and now price-matched at Walmart.
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