July 2021

Smart Light Bulbs: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Smart Light Bulb rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Smart Light Bulbs.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Smart Light Bulbs, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Smart Light Bulb
Tom's Guide
PCMag
Wirecutter
TechHive
WIRED
TechRadar
Forbes
T3
Digital Trends
IGN
1
Check price Philips Hue White And Color Ambiance A19
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11
4
1
3
1
1
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1
1
2
$37 Wyze Smart A19
2
2
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4
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3
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4
6
3
$18 Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz
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7
1
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6
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4
$45 Lifx Mini
6
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2
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5
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5
$200 Nanoleaf Shapes
10
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7
3
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6
$25 Yeelight LED Bulb 1S
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4
3
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5
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7
$21 Nanoleaf Essentials
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4
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3
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9
8
$14 Kasa Filament KL50
7
9
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5
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-
-
-
9
$20 Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor
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1
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2
10
$199 Nanoleaf Light Panels
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6
10
7
11
$12 Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED
3
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3
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12
$10 Cree Connected Max Tunable White + Color A19
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2
3
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13
$49 Lifx A60
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2
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2
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14
$87 Ikea Tradfri E26
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2
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4
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15
$84 Philips White and Color Ambiance LightStrip
8
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5
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16
Check price Hive Active Light Colour
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6
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8
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17
$33 Eufy Lumos
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7
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7
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18
$14 Kasa Smart KL130
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6
5
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We ranked Philips Hue White And Color Ambiance A19 #1 in July 2021 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Philips Hue White And Color Ambiance A19 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best smart light bulb starter kit

Pros
Easy setup with intuitive app
Extensive third-party integrations
Stunning color effects

Cons
Expensive
Requires bridge

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PCMag

Hue Lighting Without a Hub

Pros
Works without a hub.
Easy to install.
Vibrant colors.
Supports Alexa and Google voice commands.
Can be added to Hue ecosystem.

Cons
Expensive.
Requires Hue Bridge for remote access and to use other Hue features.

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Wirecutter

The best smart lighting ecosystem

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TechHive

Best color LED smart bulb / Editor's Choice

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WIRED

An Upgrade Kit

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TechRadar

The best smart light bulbs

Pros
Easy to set up
Good integration with other services

Cons
Older model needs a hub to work
Expensive

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Forbes

Best Smart Light Bulb Overall

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Digital Trends

The best smart bulb kit

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IGN

Best Smart Bulb

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We ranked Wyze Smart A19 #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best cheap smart light bulb

Pros
Inexpensive
Tunable white
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant

Cons
Doesn't work with HomeKit
No color option

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PCMag

Most Affordable White Bulb / Editor's Choice

Pros
Very affordable.
Works with other Wyze and third-party smart devices.
Alexa and Google voice support.
No hub needed.
Easy to install.

Cons
Doesn't support Apple HomeKit.

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WIRED

Best Budget Bulb

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Forbes

Best Budget Smart Bulb

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Digital Trends

The best budget bulb

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IGN

For the absolute basics

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We ranked Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

A More Affordable Alternative to Philips Hue

Pros
Affordable
No hub required
Connects via Wi-Fi for remote app control
Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Siri shortcuts
Supports light Rhythms, Scenes, and Schedules

Cons
Finicky Wi-Fi setup and app control in testing
No HomeKit support

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Wirecutter

The best smart light bulb

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WIRED

Let’s Talk About Philips

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We ranked Lifx Mini #4 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best smart light bulb for smaller fixtures

Pros
Bright
Advanced automation options
No hub needed

Cons
Expensive

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Forbes

Best Light Bulbs That Change Color

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Digital Trends

The best color-changing smart bulb

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We ranked Nanoleaf Shapes #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

These smart light wall panels are party-worthy

Pros
Customizable touch commands
Simple setup
Striking color effects
Unlimited designs and scenes

Cons
Expensive

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WIRED

Best Ambient Lighting Kit

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TechRadar

The best smart lighting to match your mood, or your music

Pros
Makes lighting fun
Easy to set up

Cons
Difficult to remove once mounted
Slightly buggy app

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We ranked Yeelight LED Bulb 1S #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for HomeKit Users / Editor's Choice

Pros
Reasonably priced.
Nice lighting effects.
Works with Apple HomeKit and IFTTT.
Supports Alexa, Google, and Siri voice commands.
Scheduling and timer options.

Cons
Doesn't support as many smart home platforms as Philips Hue.

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Wirecutter

An option with extra features

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WIRED

A Stand-Alone Color Bulb

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We ranked Nanoleaf Essentials #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best affordable smart light bulbs

Pros
Affordable
Thread and Bluetooth connectivity

Cons
Slow Bluetooth performance
Lacks Alexa integration

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T3

Essentially some great little cheap bulbs and light strips

Pros
Good price
Thread compatibility
Excellent app

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IGN

Best Smart Bulb for HomeKit

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We ranked Kasa Filament KL50 #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best filament-style smart light bulb

Pros
Lots of smart automation options
Tracks energy usage
Dimmable

Cons
No HomeKit support

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PCMag

Complements Vintage Decor

Pros
Affordable.
Supports IFTTT.
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
Power usage reporting.
No hub required.
Easy to install.

Cons
Non-adjustable white temperature.
Lacks Apple HomeKit support.

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TechRadar

The best filament-style smart light bulbs

Pros
Stylish vintage looks
Easy to set up
Inexpensive

Cons
Some app hiccups

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We ranked Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Power Usage Reports / Editor's Choice

Pros
Reasonably priced.
No hub required.
Good color quality.
Works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Supports IFTTT.
Power usage reports.

Cons
Lacks Apple HomeKit support.
Limited third-party integrations

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IGN

The budget choice

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We ranked Nanoleaf Light Panels #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A smart lighting system with a difference

Pros
Will definitely impress the guests
All kinds of permutations possible

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Digital Trends

The best ‘cool for the sake of being cool’ bulb

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IGN

Best for decorating your home

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We ranked Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED #11 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Affordable Wi-Fi smart bulb

Pros
Super easy setup
No hub required
App tracks energy consumption

Cons
Missing more advanced automation features

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Digital Trends

The best starter bulb

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We ranked Cree Connected Max Tunable White + Color A19 #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

For even more presets

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TechHive

Best budget-priced smart bulb / Editor's Choice

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We ranked Lifx A60 #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Funky, fresh, and dressed to impress

Pros
Affordable single-bulb setup
Vibrant color options

Cons
No natural-looking light options
Large form factor

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T3

A worthy Hue competitor, LIFX smart bulbs deliver excellent smart lighting

Pros
A breeze to use
Wide selection
Reliable operation

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We ranked Ikea Tradfri E26 #14 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best Smart Bulb Kit

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T3

Smart lights with your furniture, and one of the best smart bulb ranges going

Pros
Simple to use
A choice of fittings
Very affordable

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We ranked Philips White and Color Ambiance LightStrip #15 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best smart lightstrips

Pros
Trimmable
Flexible
Accommodates 40 inches of extensions

Cons
Requires bridge
Pricey

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TechHive

Best LED light strip

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We ranked Hive Active Light Colour #16 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

An affordable addition to the Hive ecosystem

Pros
Affordable bulbs
Easy-to-use app

Cons
Needs Hive hub
Light pulses when turned on using switch

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T3

The best smart bulbs for your Hive smart home system

Pros
Different bulb types available
Simple to set up and operate
Works with a range of other kit

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We ranked Eufy Lumos #17 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

A simple smart bulb for beginners

Pros
Affordable
Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled
Simple to use

Cons
Only one option
No colors

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T3

Start with the basics of smart lighting

Pros
Straightforward setup and use
Works with Amazon Alexa
Auto-schedule feature

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We ranked Kasa Smart KL130 #18 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smart Light Bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Smart Bulb for Alexa

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T3

Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT smart bulbs for an attractive price

Pros
Simple to operate
Don't cost too much
Works with Google/Alexa

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