These are excellent smart bulbs, but it's tough to justify the splurge unless you catch them on sale.
Philips Hue is one of the best-developed DIY smart-home platforms money can buy, and this white-light starter kit is your most affordable entry point. It's practically a must-buy if you're serious about smart lighting.
Starting at $20 each, TP-Link's new smart bulbs connect directly to your router -- and to Alexa.
Lifx Tiles look great, but the software that powers them is frustrating and unreliable. Hold off for improvements, or just go with Nanoleaf instead.
These bulbs are a cheaper alternative to Lifx or Hue, but they come with too many compromises for us to recommend them.
This Editors' Choice-winning bulb excelled in each one of our tests, and you can get it at a very reasonable price point. In our eyes, it's a best buy among BR30 LEDs.
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.
Cree's bigger, brighter LED is a very solid value, but it's not without legitimate competition.
With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.
GE's newest "Bright Stik" LED light bulb is a 100W replacement that's twice as bright as the original.
Looking to add connected colors outside your home? Now, you can set the mood on your porch.
Still an early prototype, the Sengled Voice LED is the brand's latest smart speaker bulb -- and you'll be able to control it by talking to it.
A BR30-shaped version of the security-minded smart bulb will bring connected light to recessed fixtures.
For classic lighting ambiance, GE's Vintage-Style LED does the job, but there are better bulbs out there if you just need something simple to throw beneath a lampshade.
The ComfyLight will use motion sensors to monitor your home and automate your lights.
RGB smart bulbs still cost too much, but that might be about to change if a startup called Qube has its way.
This is a pretty unexceptional smart bulb, but it delivers on most of its promises at a bargain bin price. For basic, app-enabled color control, it's a decent pick.
With high marks in efficiency and light quality, this tubular LED is an attempt to change commercial lighting.