Finding the right smart light bulbs can easily upgrade your home! They offer not just convenience, but also long-term savings. Are you ready for a smart home upgrade?
Here are some great light bulb options to consider, available in NZ:
|Philips Hue Color Ambience||from $89||10 W||25,000 hours|
|LIFX A19||from $89||11 W||25,000 hours|
|Nanoleaf Shapes||from $229.99 (5-pack)||42 W||25,000 hours|
|Nanoleaf Essentials||from $47||9 W||25,000 hours|
|Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED||from $24.99||9 W||25,000 hours|
|Ring Solar Pathlight||from $49.63||Up to 80 lumens||Battery-operated|
|Lifx Mini||from $26.99||9 W||200,000 hours|
Philips Hue is probably one of the most popular in the market when it comes to smart lighting. It offers natural tones, is quick to install, and the app is easy to navigate. It also has various smart lighting such as colours available in millions of shades, white bulbs, outdoor lighting, and more. You can use the smart lights with the help of Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit.
Price: from $89
Similar to Philips Hue, LIFX provides you with several light options, including colour and white bulbs, and lightstrips. Unlike other smart bulbs such as Philips Hue, LIFX bulbs don't require a hub to access all of the features since they connect directly to your Wi-Fi. The only downside is its odd style and bulky size.
Price: from $89
With a collection of hexagonal and triangular panels, the Nanoleaf Shapes allow you to create a shape on your wall or ceiling which can change into over 16 million different colours. Moreover, the panels can glow solid colours or change from one colour to another at different speeds and create different lighting effects in your home.
You can also set the panels to respond to touch or the music playing in your home, making it perfect for parties or special occasions.
The set comes with nine panels of the same shape but you have the option to add more panels and different shapes.
Price: from $229.99
While Nanoleaf Shapes provide unique lighting effects to your home, they can be quite expensive. Fortunately, they have Nanoleaf Essentials which is a more affordable option. You can choose between the smart light bulb of the Nanoleaf Essentials lightstrip. They glow in different colours and have the Circadian Lighting feature which changes the bulb's colour temperature throughout the day to mimic the natural light.
It can support Thread, a smart home technology, and Bluetooth. However, if you’re using Alexa to control your smart home, this bulb isn’t for you as it only works with HomeKit and Google Assistant.
Price: from $47
At an affordable price, Sengled is one of the best options for smart light bulbs, especially for those on a budget. It's easy to install and connects directly to your home network. There are also different options to choose from, including the soft white bulb, daylight bulb, and multicolour bulb.
The Sengled app is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, providing simple smart-bulb features such as timers, schedules, scenes, and more.
Price: from $24.99
If you need smart light bulbs that illuminate your walk from the driveway to your door, the Ring Solar Pathlight is your smart bulb. Ring is owned by Amazon, making it compatible with Alexa voice assistant. It's also compatible with Google Assistant and IFTTT.
The app has a lot of settings that you can configure, including the ability to toggle the lights and switch the motion detection to on or off. You can also tell the lights not to turn on when not necessary (e.g. when it's bright outside), and a slider so you can adjust the brightness to your liking.
Price: from $49.63
For smaller fixtures, Lifx Mini is a good option. It's more compact than other smart bulbs and it works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. It has a good set of features and effects, including a strobe and a candle flicker.
It can sync up to your music to set the mood for your place. It connects directly to Wi-Fi, so a hub is not needed.
Price: from $26.99
If you’re planning to switch to smart bulbs, get an idea of where you plan to put it, how it will illuminate the space, and how many bulbs you will need. You will also need to consider the fact the most smart lights are more expensive than the traditional ones, but some are still affordable and within your budget.
Other things to consider:
Partner your smart light bulbs and other appliances with a good power plan to make sure they operate at all times, or whenever you need them.
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