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Smart light bulbs are an easy way to have more control over your home’s lighting, and even save money over time
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One of the biggest advantages to using a smart bulb is that many of them allow you to change their color temperature. Most people have heard of blue light, which is given off by your smartphone, computer, or TV, and may disrupt your sleeping cycle. Changing your bulb’s color temperature allows you to reduce the amount of blue light it emits, which will be easier on your eyes (and brain) at night.
Requiring a hub:
Some smart light bulbs can be used straight out of the box, but the more sophisticated ones require you to connect a “hub” into your WiFi router with an Ethernet cable, and plug it into an outlet. You only need one hub to connect to dozens of smart light bulbs (and other accessories), so it’s a one-time investment.
All of the smart light bulbs on our list are energy-efficient LED bulbs, which require less energy to power, and last longer than traditional bulbs. They can also be scheduled to turn on and off at certain times, so your bulbs only consume power when necessary.
Because you’re able to set them on a timer, and check to see if they’re on or off after you leave the house, smart light bulbs may actually help you save a little money on your energy bill each month.
1. Wyze Smart Bulbs
Wyze’s smart light bulbs are our entry-level pick, but they support all the important features you’ll actually use. You can control them via the Wyze app (iOS and Android), or by using a smart-home speaker. They don’t require a hub, so all you need to do is screw these bulbs into your light fixtures before you set them up.
These are white smart bulbs, which means you can’t set them to any fun alternative colors, but you can change their temperature between 2,700K and 6,500K. The “K” stands for Kelvin, the unit of measurement used for color temperature. You can set the temperature anywhere on that spectrum, but lower numbers will produce a softer amber light (easier on your eyes at night), while higher numbers will produce a bright white light (less distracting in the morning and afternoon).
Wyze says you can group bulbs together, so you can control many (or all) of them at the same time. If every bulb is in one room, it can be more convenient to say “Alexa, turn off living room lights,” and have all of them follow suit at the same time.
If you want a simple set of smart light bulbs to start your smart home, Wyze has you covered.
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