There are a lot of reasons to love smart lights –– being able to turn off a lamp without leaving bed, watching your favorite show under ideal movie lighting, or changing the color of the room with a simple “Alexa” command. Smart lighting can be good for energy consumption, too, as long as you ensure they’re switched off when you’re not using them. The gadgets use LED bulbs, which suck up 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Here are three options to consider, including stand-alone lights, mountable panels, and smart light bulbs.
Great For Near Your TV
Adjustable brightness and total control will help set the mood in any room. Amazon
The Philips Hue Play Smart Light light bars are sold in pairs of 10-inch-tall lights that look sleek out in the open but can also be mounted behind a TV, entertainment center, headboard, nightstand, or under the counter. The price per light, and versatility of this system (the lights can be voice-activated through Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Home) are two of its best features. We also like the wake-up light mode that gradually increases the brightness of the light over 30 minutes, like a sunrise. You can make subtle adjustments to the brightness and hue of the light’s pigment, and with 16 million possible colors to choose from, there’s one for every occasion.
What Pattern Will You Make?
Freeform light kit for the enthusiast. Amazon
These triangular light tiles are the most customizable (and most expensive) smart lights on the list. The Nanoleaf Light Panels come in packs of three, nine, and 15 and can be controlled using the Nanoleaf app, your voice (via Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant), or the good old-fashioned remote. The best part of these panels is that the rhythm module syncs to music in real-time and is sensitive enough to make subtle adjustments to the light based on the tone and pitch of the music.
A Basic Upgrade For Your Fixtures
Make any lamp more intelligent. Amazon
A smart bulb is the best option for converting the old light fixtures into smart lights. This Teckin LED is a fraction of the price of similar bulbs without skimping on features. It’s voice-controlled via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, but you can also control it from your smartphone, meaning you can turn lights on and off to make it look like someone’s home even when you’re away for the weekend. The Teckin Smart LED Bulb comes in 16 million hues, including traditional white.