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Super simple pairing process

Home app controls

Siri controls, too

Strong color quality

Everyday use

Sylvania vs. Lifx

Worth it?

The Sylvania Smart Plus Multicolor LED is a connected, color-changing light bulb that you can sync up with Siri for voice-activated color changes. Unlike Philips Hue bulbs, the Sylvania bulb doesn't need you to plug an extra hub device into your router -- just screw the bulb in, turn it on, and connect with Apple HomeKit on your iOS device.

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Getting started with Sylvania's bulb is easy, Just turn it on, open up Apple's Home app on your iOS device, and tap the little plus-sign icon. The app will detect the bulb and ask you to point your phone's camera at an eight-digit code in its manual. Once you've scanned it in, you'll be all set.

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You can control the bulb right from the Home app, with basic controls for brightness, color and color temperature.

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You can also control the bulb using spoken Siri commands, too.

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The Sylvania bulb's colors are vivid and accurate, but they aren't quite as bright as you'll get with the competing Lifx LED. It isn't as easy to dial into a specific shade, either.

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The bulb puts out 755 lumens of brightness at its default, soft white setting. That's plenty bright for something like a table lamp.

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Here's the Sylvania bulb on the left compared to a Lifx bulb on the right. The Lifx bulb is noticeably brighter.

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Each Sylvania Smart Plus LED costs $45, which is a little less than what you'll spend on bulbs from Lifx or Philips Hue. It makes a good addition to Siri-centric HomeKit setups, but read our full review before buying in.

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