The White Ambiance LEDs fill in a gap in the Philips Hue family of smart bulbs, but they didn't outperform color-tunable LEDs from Lifx and Stack. They're really only worth it if you're already committed to Hue, or to HomeKit.
These lights are a decent value pick for HomeKit households, but we prefer the features and performance of the competition.
At about $10 each, these bulbs are a great way to create an old-school, semi-industrial aesthetic -- especially 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.
These aren't the best color-changing bulbs that I've tested, but they offer very decent value, making them a good budget pick.
Like most color-changing lights, these strips are a fun, expensive smart-home novelty.
This is a decent enough light, but its value lags behind the competition. Don't buy in unless Cree catches up.
If Siri-powered color changes are all that you're after, then this might be the bulb for you.
With a new battery-powered smart fixture and lower pricing for the white-light-only Hue Lux LEDs, the Hue family is continuing to mature.
Starting at $20 each, TP-Link's new smart bulbs connect directly to your router -- and to Alexa.
At $15, this bulb isn't the cheapest in the lighting aisle, but it's well worth it if you plan on dimming your lights.
These bulbs are a cheaper alternative to Lifx or Hue, but they come with too many compromises for us to recommend them.
This is one of the more affordable options in the color-changing smart bulb category, and it's good enough to deserve a look if you like the novelty of color-changing light. The competition probably offers more bang for your buck, though.
A new GU10-shaped Boost LED is the latest smart light in Sengled's lineup.
Leave your phone in your pocket -- for $40, the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit gives you a smart bulb and a handy switch that doubles as a remote.
The newest bulbs from Philips will turn your chandelier kaleidoscope colors.
Unless you insist on bulbs that look as traditional as possible, there's no reason to choose Saffron over stronger offerings from Philips, Cree and Osram.
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.