Everyone loves having smart lights!
Anyone who’s used them knows how handy smart bulbs are. But a lot of Alexa users haven’t tried them yet!
Gift someone a smart bulb and set them up to use it, and you’ll have a gift that gives all year 🙂
There are loads of options out there from different brands and price ranges. Here are things to consider when you’re looking at buying and gifting.
Shades of White
Smart bulbs are ideal changing from cool (more blue) white light in the morning to energize you out of bed to a warm (more yellowy) white in the evening to help you relax into sleep.
Yes, they’re pricier than white bulbs, but for good reason. The latest ones offer hues all across the color prism, and can be programmed to change for occasion, provide mood light, rev up a party, match your favorite sports team—whatever!
Things to Note
Some bulbs have very specific recommendations about how they’re used—for instance, some will only work with a specific bridge or hub, and some can’t be used in a closed light fixture (like a globe light) or on a dimmer switch. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing.
- Phillips The best known brand out there, they offer everything from plain white to the award-winning Phillips Hue Color Ambiance bulb, with 10 watts, 25,000 lifetime hours, and over 16 million possible colors, that’s a whole lotta hue for the buck! Plus, they are super easy to set up with Alexa.
- Wyze Available at Home Depot, this is one of the more affordable brands out there.
- Sengled These bulbs are built to work great with Alexa—simply plug and play!
- Sylvania This light bulb manufacturer moved into the smart space, with bulbs that will run the gamut of colors and shades.