Best Smart Lights Comparison 2016
Philips Hue WiFi Light Bulb

Updated: August 2, 2016

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There are dozens of smart lights on the market. Some of them work seamlessly, while others may give you headaches with crashes and software bugs. Without a best smart lights comparison, you can accidentally buy a frustrating product.

When shopping for our own smart lights, the first TCP smart bulbs that we bought were good, but not great. The app frequently crashed and the bulbs weren’t color changing. Sorting through the mess of bulbs was difficult and we really needed a best smart lights comparison like this one to get much better smart light bulbs for the same price. You'll notice all of these have strong Amazon reviews - that's because we don't list products with poor ratings.

Whether you’re looking for the lowest prices or specific features like multicolor options, we’ve saved you the work by creating this best smart lights comparison. Because smart lights should be...smart.

Light Bulbs

Price Compatible with... Hub Color Changing Pros Cons Reviews
lifx wifi light
LIFX Color 1000
$89.10 Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
Samsung SmartThings
IFTTT
no hub Multicolor
  • Very compatible with other devices
  • Very bright
  • Control remotely
  • 1000 shades of white plus 16 million colors
  • Slightly pricy for each bulb
lifx wifi light
LIFX +
$79.99 Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
Samsung SmartThings
IFTTT
no hub Multicolor
  • Infrared light for cameras to see in the dark
  • Very compatible with other devices
  • Very bright
  • Control remotely
  • 1000 shades of white plus 16 million colors
  • Slightly pricy for each bulb
lifx wifi light
LIFX White
$49.76 Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
Samsung SmartThings
IFTTT
no hub White
  • Very compatible with other devices
  • 1000 Shades of white
  • Control remotely
  • Buggy connections for some people
hue smart light
Philips Hue
$59.99 Apple Homekit
Amazon Echo
IFTTT
Hue Bridge
$59.99
Multicolor
  • Highly compatible with other devices
  • Control remotely
  • Issues with true colors
hue lux wifi light
Philips Hue LUX
$99.95 Apple Homekit
Amazon Echo
IFTTT
Hue Bridge White
  • Control remotely
  • Can't control the shades of white
ge light bulb
GE Link
$32.50 Apple Homekit
Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
Wink Hub White
  • Control remotely
  • Very inexpensive
  • Can't change shade of white
flux smart light
Flux
$35.00 none no hub Multicolor
  • Control lights remotely
  • Lights sync to music
  • Not compatible with any other devices
magic light wifi light bulb
MagicLight
$58.95 none no hub
uses bluetooth
Multicolor
  • Lights sync to music
  • Can't control remotely
  • Not compatible with any other devices

Special Lights

Price Compatible with... Hub Color Changing Pros Cons Reviews
lifx z light strip
LIFX Z Light Strips
$89.99 Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
Samsung SmartThings
IFTTT
no hub Multicolor
  • Very bright, 1,400 lumens per two meters and 2,800 lumens max (easily light up a room)
  • 8 color zones per meter
  • Control remotely
  • Can work by itself or with other LIFX lights.
  • Syncs up with music
  • Warm and cool white range
  • Can't sync up with movies
hue strip smart light
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
$89.99 Apple Homekit
Amazon Echo
IFTTT
Hue Bridge Multicolor
  • Bright at 1,600 lumens (easily light up a room)
  • Control remotely
  • Syncs up with music and movies
  • Works seamlessly with other Hue bulbs
  • Warm and cool white range
  • Requires the Hue hub
hue strip smart light
Philips Hue Lightstrip
Apple Homekit
Amazon Echo
IFTTT
Hue Bridge Multicolor
  • Control remotely
  • Syncs up with music and movies
  • Works seamlessly with other Hue bulbs
  • Not very bright, 120 lumens
  • Doesn't display white color well
  • Requires the Hue hub
wemo smart light
WeMo
$29.99 Amazon Echo
Nest Thermostat
SmartThings
no hub none
  • Remote access
  • Requires a neutral wire

If we had to recommend our favorite smart light bulb, it’d probably be LIFX. Not only does it have very high user reviews, but it doesn't require a hub. That means one less piece of hardware plugged into your router and you aren't feeling "locked in." It also connects to Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings, and other devices, allowing you to automate your lights based on your habits or other smart home devices. For example, when your favorite sports team scores, you can make the lights flicker, or if it starts raining outside, you can have the lights turn blue.

We’ll try to keep this table accurate, but as new wifi light bulbs hit the market and software updates, let us know if you have any suggestions for our WiFi light bulb comparison chart.

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