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You can add the best smart lights to your home for an extensive level of control and customization over its aesthetic. Connecting these lights to your smart home lets you use your phone or voice commands to instantly transform the atmosphere of any space. For example, you can use outdoor lights to illuminate your property or change a smart bulb's color to set the mood.

Installing smart lights is one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades any home can make. You canturn your smart lights on or off remotely, schedule what hours they should operate on, and even have them turn off automatically if motion isn't detected in a room. Beyond their convenience, smart lights can save you some serious cash despite the rise in energy prices. Their LEDs are cheaper to run over time (compared to power-hungry halogen and incandescent bulbs) and you can check their status to turn them off from anywhere with an internet connection.

Smart lighting comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors which means there’s a lot you’ll need to consider before you buy. For instance, what type of smart light would be best suited for your particular home? Do you want smart lights that connect locally via Bluetooth or would you rather have them connected to a smart home hub? We’ve tried out and tested a wide selection of smart lights and bulbs to help you find the best options for your smart home.

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1. Philips Hue White And Color Ambiance

Best smart light bulb starter kit

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit
Hub Required: Yes
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Easy setup and intuitive app
+ Extensive third-party integrations
+ Stunning color effects
- Expensive

The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit is available with two or four dimmable colored bulbs and a hub. It's super simple to setup, easy to use and reliable. You can also use the Hue Sync app to sync your lights with music or even videos and games on your computer.

Read our fullPhilips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit review.

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2. Wyze Bulb

Best cheap smart light bulb

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Tunable white
+ Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Doesn't work with HomeKit

Smart lights can be expensive but the Wyze Bulb is perfect for those on a budget. You can control these affordable lights and any other Wyze products you own right from the Wyze app which also lets you create schedules based on a specific time. Wyze's Vacation mode turns the Wyze Bulb on and off randomly.

Read our fullWyze Bulb review.

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3. LIFX SuperColor Outdoor String Lights

Best smart string lights

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, Matter
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Super easy setup without hub
+ OLED-like vibrant colors
+ Durable weatherproof construction
- Limited to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only

LIFX's LED weatherproof string light bulbs are the most vibrant we've tested yet. That's thanks to their 600-lumen brightness paired with 3-zone color blending that forms each color using different hues. Each of the 12 bulbs creates richer, more punchy colors than the competition so you can see the difference between shades such as a hot or neon pink. In addition to controls and scheduling within the LIFX app they work with all the major smart home platforms. This includes Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Matter.

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Best smart outdoor floodlight with a motion sensor built-in

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, IFTTT
Hub Required: Yes
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Built-in motion sensor
+ Integrated daylight sensor
+Weatherproof
- No HomeKit support

With the Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor, you're not just limited to using your smart lights indoors. This smart outdoor floodlight can crank out over 1,000 lumens and it also has a motion sensor built in. However, you will need to purchase a Sengled Smart Hub or another compatible smart home hub to control it.

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5. Ring Solar Pathlight

Best smart light for getting you to your door

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
Hub Required: Yes
Lifetime: One year

+ Nice design
+ Built-in motion sensors
+ Can be linked to other ring products
- Pricey

The Ring Solar Pathlight can be used to illuminate the walk from your driveway to your door when it's dark. This smart light integrates seamlessly with Ring's other device like the new Ring Battery Doorbell Plus and the Ring Alarm system. In the Ring app, you can toggle the light and motion detection on and off.

Read our fullRing Solar Pathlight review.

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6. Govee Permanent Outdoor Lights Pro

Best permanent outdoor smart lights

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit

Hub Required: No

Lifetime: 50,000 hours

+ Easy installation

+ Feature-packed app for lots of customization options

+ Durable, weatherproof construction to withstand the elements

- Expensive

At $399, these are some of the most expensive holiday lights you'll put up. However, this one-and-done setup is worth the cost since you can adjust colors to give your home's exterior some pop all year round. Plus you can set the LEDs to basic warm or cool white to serve as standard downlights to give your home some extra security and visibility in the yard.

Read our full Govee Outdoor Permanent Lights Pro review.

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7. Lifx Mini

Best smart light bulb for smaller fixtures

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 200,000 hours

+ Bright
+ Advanced automation options
+No hub needed
- Expensive

If have smaller fixtures, the Lifx Mini is the best choice but not just because it's more compact than the competition. Lifx's app has a great set of features and effects, like a a candle flicker and a strobe, and can sync up to your music or other sounds nearby. As Lifx's smart bulbs connect directly to Wi-Fi, there's no hub needed.

Read our fullLifx Mini review.

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8. TP-LINK Kasa Filament WiFi Light Bulb

Best filament-style smart light bulb

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Dimmable
+ Tracks energy usage
+ lots of smart automation options
- No HomeKit support

Filament or "Edison"-style lights cast a warm, old-timey glow that great at setting the mood. The TP-Link Kasa Filament WiFi Light Bulb (KL50) is a smart, filament-style bulb that connects directly to your Wi-Fi that you can control with TP-Link's Kasa app. At $15 a pop, this bulb is a bit more expensive but still quite reasonable for this market.

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9. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip

Best smart lightstrip

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit
Hub Required: Yes
Lifetime: 20,000 hours

+ Trimmable
+ Flexible
+ Accommodates 40 inch extensions
- Pricey

The Philips Hue Lightstrip is an 80-inch lightstrip that can display millions of colors while adding a fun accent to cabinets, TVs or other furniture. You can also trim the Philips Hue Lightstrip to fit your needs and extend it by up to 40 inches with an optional extension. Adhesive backing makes it easy to stick to a wall or other surface.

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10. Govee LED Light Strips

Best inexpensive smart light strip

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 5 years

+ Low cost
+ Cool music sync feature
+ Highly customizable settings
- Doesn't work with HomeKit

If you want a smart lightstrip on a budget, the Govee LED Light Strips are a great alternative. They even contain a built-in mic that lets their LED lights sync to your music. The Govee app also has a number of presets and automations available for you to mess around with. Like other lightstrips, they come with an adhesive backing but you also get useful support clips too.

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11. Nanoleaf Shapes

Best smart light wall panels

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit
Hub Required: No
Lifetime: 25,000 hours

+ Simple setup
+ Striking color effects
+ Customizable touch commands
- Expensive

If you want to make a statement, you can't beat the Nanoleaf Shapes. At $199, they're fairly expensive but their modular hexagon tiles connect together and can be arranged however you want. The Nanoleaf Shapes also have plenty of brightness settings, color patterns and pulsing music modes to play around with.

Read our fullNanoleaf Shapes review.

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Before you choose the best smart lights for your home, you should first get an idea of where you’re going to put them and the space they will illuminate. You should consider how many smart lights you’re going to need in total and whether or not a bridge will be necessary to connect them. If you only need a few, you might be able to skip using a bridge but the more you need, the more likely you’re going to want to take some of the strain off of your home network. If you’re using smart lights that require a bridge, they are usually more compact as well as less expensive than Wi-Fi enabled smart light bulbs, based on price per bulb.

Looking at the cost overall, smart lights are more expensive than traditional LED lights due to the technology they contain. However, they have come down in price over the years, so they’re more affordable – a good quality smart light or smart light bulb can range from $10 to over $40. If you’re getting one with a fixture, such as a wall panel or outdoor floodlight, the price can be in the $100’s. If you often replace lots of light bulbs in one room, then a smart light switch might be a better investment. To find out more, check out our guide on the best smart light switches.

Here are 9 things you never knew you could do with smart lights in case you want to find out more about some of their other unique qualities when compared to traditional light bulbs.Plus, I turned this smart light into a sunrise alarm clock — and it’s a game changer.

How we test the best smart lights

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We test the best smart lights on a number of criteria, including ease-of-setup, brightness, value and library of features. We compare most smart lights and bulbs against Philips Hue lights, which are pricey but offer everything you could want out of smart lights. Some budget smart lights brag that they have a lot to offer, but we only recommend the ones that live up to their claims.

Smart home compatibility is key to our testing. The smart lights above work with at least two top smart home systems, if not more. You don’t want your smart lights to lock you into a specific virtual assistant when there are plenty of options that work with Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, SmartThings and IFTTT.

All of the brands we test are trustworthy and feel comfortable adding to our own home networks. Use caution when shopping for smart lights from unknown manufacturers though.

For more information about how we review products in general, please check out theTom's Guide How We Testpage.

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Anthony Spadafora

Senior Editor Security and Networking

Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.

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  • Cynthia LawrenceContent Editor, Homes
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