These are excellent smart bulbs, but it's tough to justify the splurge unless you catch them on sale.
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.
Like most color-changing lights, these strips are a fun, expensive smart-home novelty.
These aren't the cheapest smart bulbs you can buy, but Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit is more affordable than Philips or Belkin's, and arguably more feature-rich, too. As a legitimate competitor, it deserves consideration.
These unique, color-changing smart panels are delightful to look at and easy to use, especially if you're an iOS user.
Ikea's $80 gateway kit is too basic to recommend, but there's some sneaky value in Tradfri's other, cheaper bundles.
This color-changing LED smart lamp seeking funds on Indiegogo -- and it might just be cool enough to forgive the silly branding.
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.
These are attractive bulbs that work well, but we're waiting for deeper integration with HomeKit before buying in.
This is a no-brainer upgrade if you already own a set of color-changing Aurora panels, and a fun excuse to buy in if you're a tech-minded music lover.
There are better, brighter smart bulbs for the same price, and plenty of Bluetooth speaker bulbs that cost less. Keep shopping.
Unless it's essential that your light bulbs look like this, burn your money elsewhere.
With "an industry-first mesh Bluetooth network," Samsung's new programmable LEDs will connect with your phone and tune to the color temperature of your liking.
A new GU10-shaped Boost LED is the latest smart light in Sengled's lineup.
With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.
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.
Cree's new $25 three-way LED bulb can simulate 30W, 60W, and 100W incandescents.
With LED and smart lighting prices continuing to fall, $40 feels pretty steep for a single non-connected bulb, even one as unique as this one.