These bulbs are a cheaper alternative to Lifx or Hue, but they come with too many compromises for us to recommend them.
Philips Hue is one of the best-developed DIY smart-home platforms money can buy, and this white-light starter kit is your most affordable entry point. It's practically a must-buy if you're serious about smart lighting.
These unique, color-changing smart panels are delightful to look at and easy to use, especially if you're an iOS user.
At just $29.99 per bulb, this automatable light source will fit nicely into existing home automation networks, serving as an appealing alternative to more expensive dimmer modules and smart switches.
For basic lighting automation needs, this TCP kit will do the job nicely -- and it won't break the bank, either. For more advanced features and controls, consider the competition, but be prepared to splurge.
Smart LEDs are an overdue addition to the WeMo family of gadgets -- thankfully, Belkin did a nice job of getting them right.
Cree's bigger, brighter LED is a very solid value, but it's not without legitimate competition.
With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.
GE's newest "Bright Stik" LED light bulb is a 100W replacement that's twice as bright as the original.
Looking to add connected colors outside your home? Now, you can set the mood on your porch.
Still an early prototype, the Sengled Voice LED is the brand's latest smart speaker bulb -- and you'll be able to control it by talking to it.
A BR30-shaped version of the security-minded smart bulb will bring connected light to recessed fixtures.
For classic lighting ambiance, GE's Vintage-Style LED does the job, but there are better bulbs out there if you just need something simple to throw beneath a lampshade.
The ComfyLight will use motion sensors to monitor your home and automate your lights.
RGB smart bulbs still cost too much, but that might be about to change if a startup called Qube has its way.
This is a pretty unexceptional smart bulb, but it delivers on most of its promises at a bargain bin price. For basic, app-enabled color control, it's a decent pick.
With high marks in efficiency and light quality, this tubular LED is an attempt to change commercial lighting.
Cree's new PAR38 LED boasts 1,500 lumens, can survive being rained on if used outdoors, and costs less than similar bulbs from larger manufacturers.