There are also preset scenes to change your lighting scheme with one tap. There's a color selection tool in the app that lets you use your phone camera to identify and set a color you want. In my testing, it chose the correct color families but didn't get exact tones like mauve or gray. It even took several tries to get to a normal deep blue. It's faster and more accurate to just go through the onscreen color wheel. The app overall can be wonky—it took me a few tries to set up an account, and the connection timed out while I was trying to sign in.
The Philips Lighting brand—now owned by Signify—offers a lot of different smart bulbs, and it can be confusing to figure out what you want. Here's a short breakdown. Try to stick with one type, as they are confusingly controlled by three different apps, but we like and recommend all of these. Light strips on the back of furniture or underneath cabinets bring a futuristic feel to any living space, and adding them to your setup doesn't have to be expensive.
Hill says to prep the area properly and be careful when applying the adhesive backing. Govee also offers a smart lamp that makes it easy to create whatever vibe you prefer. Its tall, skinny body is modern without being an eyesore—it kind of just blends in when the light isn't on. It has a light strip on just one side, and you should actually turn that side toward the wall so the colors can bounce off it in a diffused, pretty way.
Through the Govee app, it can sync to music using either the mic on your phone if you give the app permission or the actual lamp. You can also adjust the sensitivity so it can even react to movie chatter if you want, or you can choose colors from a long list, including gradients. The long strip breaks into eight different sections that can be controlled separately or together.
In the app's scene section, you can opt for basic white and warm lighting for studying, work, and a night light, or go for effects like breathing and fireworks. There's a remote control too, if you don't want to use your phone all the time. Nanoleaf's Hexagon lights aren't the best for brightening up rooms, but they're a fun way to add ambient lighting and set a mood.
Each hexagon is an individual light that connects to the others, and you can set them up in various patterns. Through the app, you control the color scheme, make it change to music, and set schedules. You can also get help designing a layout. These lights attach to the wall with adhesives; it's possible to remove them without taking the paint off, but you have to be careful.
I recommend deciding on a design before installing them and use a level to make sure they're straight! These lights work almost anywhere, even in a kid's room, where they can double as a fancy nightlight. The set isn't cheap, though. You can add more pieces if you have a particular design in mind.
I also like the company's LED strips , which you add as bias lighting behind the TV or computer monitor, or as accents in any room. There are a lot of good smart bulbs that work perfectly well but don't quite outshine our top picks. We've tested the bulbs below and like them, so if nothing above caught your eye, maybe one of these will. If you want the pros of using a smart bulb without switching out all your lights—maybe you use fancy bulbs, are already stocked up and don't want to let them go to waste, or just can't change the lights in your home or apartment for some reason—consider a smart plug.
They use your home's Wi-Fi network to let you remotely control power to the bulb. Using the corresponding app, you can control your lights and schedule on and off times, or you can connect to a voice assistant for voice control. We've tested a bunch of smart plugs , and the Wyze Plugs are our favorite. You can also replace your light switches with smart ones, but that requires a little more work. We haven't tested these, but Lutron and TP-Link's options come with solid recommendations.
Photograph: Philips. Photograph: Cync. Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Photograph: Nooie. Photograph: Ikea. Photograph: Amazon. Photograph: Wyze. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Photograph: Yeelight. It's expensive, and it needs a hub that connects to your router, but they're good bulbs powered by a great system. You can integrate these into the hub if you already have one, but if not you'll need the Philips Hue Bluetooth app on iOS and Android to control a room.
You can also connect it to Alexa or Google Assistant. Then there's the budget Wiz-Connected bulbs , our favorite of the bunch. You can set them to a circadian rhythm bright white during the day and warmer as it gets closer to bedtime. Some of their features, such as a flickering candle, aren't that impressive, but these work fine as simple bulbs.
Photograph: Govee. Photograph: Nanoleaf. These work with Wi-Fi, but the brand has Bluetooth- and Zigbee-connected bulbs as well. It's a good bulb, and we generally like Nanoleaf's products. Schedules are available via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa app.
The light quality is noticeably nicer than the rest, not to mention the bulb's limitless color options, extremely bright and dim settings, and unique preset scenes. Brilli Lights : Brilli lights aren't smart in the same way as the others in this guide. You don't control them via an app, but we're including them, as they work with your circadian rhythm.
The Get in Sync series can be used for both, but they work only with certain ceiling fixtures. We didn't notice any change in our sleep or productivity, but you might! She covers a little bit of everything but loves health, beauty, and pet tech. Read more. Writer and Reviewer Twitter. Topics Shopping smart home Lights household.
LED lighting. Help Center Site Map. United States Europe Latin America. What is color temperature? Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb. It is measured in degrees of Kelvin K on a scale from 1, to 10, Typically, Kelvin temperatures for commercial and residential lighting applications fall somewhere on a scale from K to K.
The color temperature of a light bulb is assigned using the basis of correlated color temperature CCT. For example, if you heat up a metal object, the object appears to glow. Depending on the Kelvin temperature that the metal object is being heated at, the glow will be various colors, such as orange, yellow or blue.
The color temperature of light bulbs is meant to replicate the Kelvin temperature of the metal object.
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