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.
This BR30-shaped floodlight bulb is an easy upgrade pick for spots in your home that would benefit from better-looking colors, but consider waiting for a better alternative if you use dimmer switches.
This is an acceptable budget pick for a back room, but if you're looking to go all-in on smart, color-changing light in your home, keep shopping.
This bulb is one of the best values in the lighting aisle, and a great choice if your home has lots of floodlights overhead that need replacing.
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.
These color-friendly bulbs are perfectly fine for everyday use, but go with something else if you use dimmer switches.
If you use night vision cameras in your home, then these well-rounded smart bulbs can help them see in the dark -- but if you don't, there's really no reason to buy them.
At about $10 each, these bulbs are a great way to create an old-school, semi-industrial aesthetic -- especially if you use dimmer switches.
These are excellent smart bulbs, but it's tough to justify the splurge unless you catch them on sale.
These unique, color-changing smart panels are delightful to look at and easy to use, especially if you're an iOS user.
These lights are a decent value pick for HomeKit households, but we prefer the features and performance of the competition.
The Lifx White 800 smart LED cuts the colors, and the cost.
With impressive light quality and a lifetime warranty, this affordable LED looks like a contender.
For basic household usage, the Cloud LED is a solid value pick that gets the important stuff right.
Though not quite as competitive as the 600L version was last year, the 1000L Ledare LED holds its own -- and in some categories, it's a standout. If you're comfortable in the middle ground between the 60W and 75W levels, it's worth picking up.
There's enough quality with these low cost bulbs to keep them from feeling cheap, which makes them an excellent value option.
These are attractive bulbs that work well, but we're waiting for deeper integration with HomeKit before buying in.
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.