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HolidayBuyer's Guide

TP-Link LB100

Cree Connected LED

GE Link LED

Osram Lightify LED

Lifx Color 1000

Lifx White 800

Lifx Color 1000 BR30

Lifx White 900

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED

Philips Hue White Ambiance LED

Philips Hue White LED

Philips Hue Bridge

Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Philips Hue BR30 LED

Stack LED

Haiku Light

Insteon LED

Don't forget the hub

You've long been able to turn your smart lights on and off using Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated virtual assistant, and by now, you've got a lot of options for which bulbs to use. Click through for a look at all of them.

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First up, the TP-Link LB100. At just $20, it's one of your cheapest options, and it uses Wi-Fi to talk directly to your home network, meaning you don't need to pair it with a hub. A version with extra brightness costs $5 more, and a color-tunable version with multiple white light tones sells for $35.

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At $15, the Cree Connected LED is even cheaper. It uses Zigbee instead of Wi-Fi, though -- that means you'll need an Alexa-compatible hub, like the Wink hub here, in order to let Alexa control it.

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Same goes for the GE Link LED, another $15 smart bulb that uses Zigbee.

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The Osram Lightify line of smart LEDs use Zigbee, too. This one costs $30.

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You'll need to pair those Osram lights with the Osram plug-in gateway, which translates the Zigbee signal into Wi-Fi that your router -- and Alexa -- can work with.

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The Lifx Color 1000 uses a Wi-Fi radio, so it doesn't need a hub to communicate with Alexa. It costs $60, but it offers full controls. Alexa can change the color of the bulb, too -- just enable the Lifx skill, then have Alexa "tell Lifx" to change it to whatever color you like.

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If $60 is too much for you, consider the $40 Life White 800, which is just as smart (and just as Alexa-friendly). It cuts the colors and costs $20 less, but still offers color-tunability, letting you dial between warm, yellowy tones and hot, bluish-white ones.

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If you have recessed light fixtures in your ceiling, then know that Lifx also offers a $50 floodlight version of its color-changing smart bulb.

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The Lifx White 900 is a bit cheaper at $30 apiece. No colors, but again, you get that full white light spectrum, and compatibility with Alexa.

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Another color-changing option: Philips Hue. Its full-color flagship smart bulbs work great with Alexa, but keep in mind that they don't currently offer a skill that'll let Alexa change their color, like Lifx will.

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If the colors don't matter that much to you, consider downgrading to the Philips Hue White Ambiance LED. At $30, they're less expensive than the full-color Hue bulbs, but just as compatible with Alexa. And, like those Lifx white bulbs, they can change color temperatures.

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Your cheapest Philips Hue option is the Hue White LED. No Ambiance here, it's a white-light bulb with a fixed color temperature of 2,700 K. But hey, it works with Alexa, and it only costs $15.

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Just keep in mind that with all of these Philips bulbs, you'll need the Hue Bridge plugged into your router. That means you'll probably want to start by buying a starter kit instead of an individual bulb.

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Your best bet? The Philips Hue White starter kit. It's the cheapest entry point to Hue at $70, and it comes with two of those fixed-temperature Hue White bulbs. If you want to add additional bulbs to your setup, that's an option.

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Philips also offers a floodlight version of its color-changing bulb that costs $50.

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Another floodlight option: the Stack LED. It's a color tunable bulb with a built-in presence detector that can turn the lights on as soon as it sees you walk into the room. A two-bulb starter kit that includes the mandatory hub costs $99, with additional bulbs selling for $45 apiece.

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Your fanciest option? The Haiku Light, from Big Ass Solutions (best known for its Big Ass Fans). It's a built-in recessed fixture with an integrated motion sensor, full color-tunability, very bright and Alexa compatibility. It's expensive, though: Lights start at $149 and go up to $299, depending on what kind of trim you get.

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Insteon's smart home platform works with Alexa -- and that includes its line of Insteon LEDs. This one sells for $30.

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Just remember that you'll need the Insteon Hub plugged into your router in order for everything to work.

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