The 5 Best Smart Lights of 2022
- Use: Interior Exterior
- Powerful : 10 watts, equivalent to 75W
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
- Range of colors: 16 million colors
- White temperature: 2700K-6500K, 50,000 shades of natural white light
The Philips Hue started out as an Apple HomeKit exclusive in 2012, available for sale at Apple Stores nationwide as part of a starter kit containing three bulbs and a hub and retailing for $199. Additional bulbs are $59. As the very first line of fully customizable and wirelessly controlled lights, the Philips Hue was absolutely revolutionary.
Although many other brands have launched smart lights since 2012, Philips Hue continues to dominate the roost as the go-to when people are looking for a smart bulb.
One downside is, however, that you’ll need a Philips Hue hub to get most of the smart benefits and automations you’d expect from a smart light. The hub is compatible with IFTTT, Alexa, HomeKit, SmartThings, and Google Assistant, to name a few, and available for sale for $54. A single hub can manage up to 50 Philips Hue bulbs throughout your home. So if you’re looking to gradually swap out your mute lights for Philips Hue, it’s not a bad idea to get the hub.
You can still control Philips Hue bulbs without the hub, using your smartphone or Echo device, for example, using Bluetooth technology, although there are limitations in the Hue app. You can still enjoy up to 16 million different colors as well as dimming capabilities to instantly change the mood of the room with just a tap of your phone.
- Reliability: Philips Hue is the leading brand of smart lights
- High compatibility when using a hub
- Need a hub to use most smart capabilities
- Very expensive