April 2024

Smart Light Bulbs: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of smart light bulbs rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 5 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 82 smart light bulb endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

57 smart light bulbs were endorsed in total, only 14 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 5 Apr 2024, Philips Hue Starter Kit takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed smart light bulb with 8 expert endorsements. 6 experts out of 8 recommended it as the '#1 smart light bulb' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking smart light bulbs start at $4.99 (Cree Connected Max Tunable A19) and go up to $314.99 (Philips Signe Gradient). Median smart light bulb costs $39.98 (Wyze Bulb White).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smart Light Bulb
TechHive
Digital Trends
Tom's Guide
Forbes
Wirecutter
PCMag
IGN
TechRadar
T3
WIRED
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Philips Hue Starter Kit
The Philips Hue Starter Kit is a highly customizable and convenient lighting solution that offers a range of features, including dimming capabilities, scheduling options, compatibility with popular smart home ecosystems, easy setup, and energy-saving capabilities.
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Wyze Bulb Color
The Wyze Bulb Color is a versatile and customizable smart bulb that offers up to 16 million colors, dimming capabilities, scheduling options, compatibility with popular smart home ecosystems, easy setup, and energy efficiency.
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Wyze Smart A19
The Wyze Smart A19 is a white smart bulb that offers smooth dimming capabilities, easy scheduling, and energy-saving features, making it a reliable and convenient option for those looking to reduce energy consumption.
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GE Color Direct Connect
The C by GE Full Color Direct Connect Smart Light Bulb is a versatile and energy-efficient smart bulb that offers millions of colors, scheduling capabilities, compatibility with popular smart home ecosystems, and direct-connect technology, making it a convenient and cost-effective choice for creating different lighting atmospheres and saving on energy costs.
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Nanoleaf Shapes
The Nanoleaf Shapes Smart Light Bulb is a versatile and customizable lighting solution that offers 16 million colors, motion and pattern options, scheduling, and energy-saving features, making it a great addition to any smart home setup.
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Nanoleaf Matter Essentials
The Nanoleaf Matter Essentials Smart Light Bulb offers customizable colors, excellent dimming capabilities, scheduling options, and energy-saving features, making it a versatile and compatible choice for smart home enthusiasts.
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Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED
The Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED is a versatile and energy-efficient smart light bulb that offers customizable colors, dimming capabilities, compatibility with popular smart home ecosystems, and easy setup, making it a convenient choice for enhancing the lighting experience.
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Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz
The Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz Smart Light Bulb offers customizable lighting options, voice control compatibility, scheduling capabilities, and energy efficiency, making it a versatile and convenient choice for smart home lighting.
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Kasa Smart KL130
The Kasa Smart KL130 Smart Light Bulb is a versatile and energy-efficient smart bulb that offers customizable lighting options, convenient voice control, and energy-saving features.
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Lifx Nightvision A19
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Nanoleaf Light Panels
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- $307
Philips Hue Lily
The Philips Hue Lily Smart Light Bulb is a versatile and customizable outdoor lighting solution that offers 16 million color variations, smooth dimming capabilities, and convenient control options through popular smart home ecosystems.
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Ring Solar Pathlight
The Ring Solar Pathlight is a customizable and energy-efficient outdoor lighting option that offers dimming capabilities, scheduling features, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa.
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Hive Active Light Colour
The Hive Active Light Colour Smart Light Bulb is a versatile and user-friendly smart bulb that offers a wide range of color options, dimming capabilities, and energy-saving features, making it a great choice for creating personalized lighting experiences and integrating with other smart home devices.
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#7 $5.99 Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED
#4 $7.99 GE Color Direct Connect
#16 $15 Hive Active Light Colour
#10 $17.90 Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz
#3 $39.98 Wyze Smart A19
#1 $49.97 Philips Hue Starter Kit
#2 $49.98 Wyze Bulb Color
#12 $80.66 Lifx Nightvision A19
#15 $89.99 Ring Solar Pathlight
#5 $169.99 Nanoleaf Shapes
#13 $299.99 Nanoleaf Light Panels
#14 $307.34 Philips Hue Lily

We ranked Philips Hue Starter Kit #1 in April 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Philips Hue Starter Kit as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Best color smart bulb

Bluetooth support eliminates the need for the Hue Bridge
Excellent light quality and smooth dimming
Hue ecosystem is unrivaled in terms of size and depth
Supports Apple HomeKit ecosystem

Philips Hue products are much more expensive than the competition
Relying on Bluetooth limits you to 10 Hue devices
You need the Hue Hub to assign Hue devices to rooms

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Digital Trends

The best smart bulb kit

Useful features
Great range and responsiveness
Extensive third-party app compatibility
Works with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Bridge must be plugged into your router
Expensive

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Tom's Guide

The best smart light bulb starter kit

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

Expensive

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Forbes

Best Smart Light Bulb Overall

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PCMag

Best Hue Lighting Without a Hub

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

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

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IGN

Best Smart Bulb

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TechRadar

The best smart light bulb you can buy

Easy to set up
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit
Wide array of different smart lights

Hub needed to access all features
Expensive compared to incadescent bulbs

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WIRED

An Upgrade Kit

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We ranked Wyze Bulb Color #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Wyze Bulb Color as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Best color smart bulb, runner-up

Very inexpensive
Connects via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth–no hub or bridge required
Surprisingly bright considering the price

Can't be grouped with the tunable white Wyze Bulb
Only available as a 2- or 4-pack
No competition for Philips Hue in terms of lighting ecosystem

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Digital Trends

The best budget bulb

Really bright output
Colors are very saturated
Doesn't require a bridge
Ridiculously low-priced

Basic scene modes

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PCMag

Best Affordable Color Bulb / Editors' Choice

Affordable
Bright and dimmable
Hub-free app control
Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
Can be set up individually or as a group
Supports automations, custom scenes, schedules, and sleep routines

Not sold individually
No dynamic lighting effects

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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 April 2024 ranking

We ranked Wyze Smart A19 #3 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best cheap smart light bulb

Tunable white
Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Doesn't work with HomeKit

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Forbes

Best Budget Smart Bulb

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IGN

For the absolute basics

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WIRED

A Great Budget Bulb

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We ranked GE Color Direct Connect #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked GE Color Direct Connect as #1.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Smart Bulb without a Hub

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WIRED

Best Overall

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We ranked Nanoleaf Shapes #5 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Most innovative lighting design

Beautiful and interactive lighting scenes
Touch actions let you control other smart devices
Alexa, Google Assistant, Thread, and HomeKit compatible
Surprisingly easy to install

Panels can be difficult to remove from a wall (but don’t appear to cause any damage)
Chunky AC adapter
Expensive

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TechRadar

Premium smart light panels for home and gaming

Easy to set up
Illuminated wall art rather than bulbs
Can change color and pulse to create fun effects

Difficult to remove once mounted
Don't look attractive when not illuminated

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WIRED

Best Ambient Lighting Kit

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We ranked Nanoleaf Matter Essentials #6 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Smart Bulb for HomeKit

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TechRadar

Another affordable smart light bulb for Apple Homekit

Affordable
Thread and Bluetooth connectivity
Circadian Lighting feature mimics natural light

Lacks Alexa integration
Unusual design

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T3

Essentially some great little cheap bulbs and light strips

Good price
Thread compatibility
Excellent app

Not a big range of options

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We ranked Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED #7 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best starter bulb

Easy installation
Intuitive smartphone app
Affordable

Lacking some smart home integrations

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Tom's Guide

Affordable Wi-Fi smart bulb

Super easy setup
No hub required
App tracks energy consumption

Missing more advanced automation features

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We ranked Philips Dimmable A19 Wiz #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Affordable Alternative to Philips Hue

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

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

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WIRED

Let’s Talk About Philips Bulbs

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We ranked Kasa Smart KL130 #9 in April 2024 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

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

No Apple HomeKit support
Not a big range of options

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We ranked Lifx Nightvision A19 #10 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Smart Bulb for Security

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TechRadar

The best smart light bulb without a hub

No hub required
Wide array of colors and styles
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit

Bulky, unusual looking bulbs
Expensive compared to incandescent bulbs

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We ranked Nanoleaf Light Panels #11 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best for decorating your home

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T3

A smart lighting system with a difference

Will definitely impress the guests
All kinds of permutations possible
Easy to adhere

Expensive to go large

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We ranked Philips Hue Lily #12 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Best outdoor spotlight

Robust aluminum housing, glass lenses, and IP65 weatherization to withstand the elements
Full color light, with up to 600 lumens of brightness
Can be scheduled, controlled by Alexa or Google Assistant, and triggered by a Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor
Low-voltage cables can be buried

Requires Philips Hue Bridge
Range is impacted by having the the Hue Bridge inside your home, hardwired to your router
Expensive, and each add-on spotlight costs another $100

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Forbes

Best Outdoor Smart Bulbs

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We ranked Ring Solar Pathlight #13 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Best outdoor pathway light, runner-up

Battery powered with integrated solar panel
Built-in motion sensor
Can be integrated into the robust Ring home security ecosystem
Once you have the bridge, add-on lights cost only $35

Fabricated entirely from plastic
Much more expensive than dumb pathlights
Requires Ring Smart Lighting Bridge, which connects only to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks

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Tom's Guide

Best smart light for getting you to your door

Nice design
Built-in motion sensors
Can be linked to other Ring products

Pricey

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We ranked Hive Active Light Colour #14 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smart light bulbs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best smart light for a single ecosystem

Easy-to-use app
Works with an ecosystem of other smart home gadgets
Also works with Philips Hue bulbs

Needs Hive hub
Lacks lamps and ceiling light choices

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T3

The best smart bulbs for your Hive smart home system

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

Hub required

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