Best smart LED lights for the money

I’m new to the smart light revolution and I’m not going back. Let me explain. I lived in my last house for 17 years and although it needed improvements, the lights were the least of my worries.

Moving to a new place, I had to hire an electrician to install the lights under the kitchen counter or try to do it myself with smart lights. I opted to save money and get my hands dirty with technology.

But it’s not just a counter lighting solution. You can turn any lamp into a smart lamp using a smart light bulb. Screw in a smart LED bulb, install an app and connect with your smartphone

Smart LED bulbs are an affordable and easy way to dip your toes in the smart home waters and offer a ton of perks in return.

1. Control smart lights from anywhere

You control the smart lights using an app. You can turn off the lights when you forget, set the mood before you arrive, or turn on the lights to make it look like someone is home.

Some apps and lights track your location. As if by magic, the lights in your home turn on or off as you come and go. You won’t have to do anything.

Gone are the days of getting up from the couch to turn the lights on and off. Just open the app or use your smart assistant.

2. Work with voice assistants

Alternatively, you can control your smart lights using your Amazon Echo, Google Nest, or Apple HomePod. You can say things like “Alexa, turn off the upstairs lights” or “Alexa, turn the living room lights to 30%.”

3. Set schedules

You can set your smart lights on a schedule. Have all the lights go off at once in the morning or turn on at sunrise. You can also create sleep routines that gradually dim and turn off the lights.

4. Have fun with adjustable colour, temperature and options

Many smart light bulbs allow you to change the colour, temperature or intensity to create the perfect environment. Organize a party at home? Give a special touch to the decoration with bright and colourful lights.

Are you going to have dinner instead? Use your smart light bulbs to mimic the glow of warm candlelight. The ambient world is your oyster.

5. Link your lights to music

You can also set the mood in your home by synchronizing the lights with the music. Do you want your lighting to react to the beat of a banger? Set how reactive the smart lights are: subtle, high, moderate or intense. Your smart lights can also react to other sounds from games and videos.

Best Smart LED Home Picks

A complete wireless lighting system: The Philips Hue White and Color Kit Provides you with tri-colour smart LED bulbs that fit most 4-inch downlights, ceiling lights, and recessed cans. Includes a bridge to control up to 50 lights. I used this kit with the Philips Hue Smart LED Light Strips in the kitchen.

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