Guide To The Best Smart Bulbs For Your Home

Date Nov 11, 2021
Blog category Power
By Khristine Eusebio
T18keguurm6tguvrpcnf

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:

Smart Bulbs Price Wattage/Lumen Lifetime
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 Color Ambience

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

Features:

  • Wattage: 10W
  • Color: +16 million colors
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Different smart lights to suit your mood
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit

Cons

  • Hub is needed so you can access all features
  • Pricier compared to incadescent bulbs

Glimp_KiwiPower_JUNE112021.png

LIFX A19

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

Features:

  • Wattage: 11W
  • Colour: 16 million colours
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours

Pros:

  • No hub needed
  • Offers many colours and styles
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit

Cons:

  • Bigger than other bulbs
  • Expensive compared to incandescent bulbs

Nanoleaf Shapes

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

Features:

  • Wattage: 42W
  • Colour: 16.7 million colours
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Illuminates wall art
  • Changeable colour and pulse that creates fun effects

Cons:

  • Can be hard to remove once installed
  • Not easy on the eye when not in use

Nanoleaf Essentials

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

Features:

  • Wattage: 9W
  • Colour: 16.7 million
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Thread and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Mimics natural light with its circadian lighting feature

Cons:

  • Doesn't have Alexa integration
  • Odd design

Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED

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

Features:

  • Wattage: 9W
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Does not require a hub
  • Tracks energy consumption through the app

Cons:

  • Does not have advanced automation features

Ring Solar Pathlight

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

Features:

  • Lifetime: Battery-operated
  • Brightness: 80 lumens

Pros:

  • Good design
  • Has built-in motion sensors
  • Various app settings
  • Can be connected to other Ring products

Cons:

  • A bit expensive compared to other bulbs

Lifx Mini

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

Features:

  • Lifetime: 200,000 hours
  • Wattage: 9-11W
  • Brightness: 650-800 lumens

Pros:

  • Advanced automation option
  • Does not require a hub

Cons:

  • Pricier compared to other bulbs

Smart Light Bulb Buyer’s Guide

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:

  • Check if the itting the smart light bulb is compatible with your current bulb
  • Decide whether you want a smart light bulb that glows one static share or one that offers different tones and colours

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.

Compare power plans from leading providers and catch exclusive deals!

Previous Article

NZ Motoring News Weekly: GM And Ford Sales Drop, Tesla Software Bug, And EV Safety Scores

Next Article

The Best Power Deals In NZ For Long-Term Savings

Google rating +
Matthew Symmons , 2021-12-04

Both the highlighted deals i clicked through to get turned out to be inaccurate speeds. Glimp saying 300/100 both providers only offering 100/20 for the price given, despite giving the same address in both sites. still giving 3 stars though as regardless the deals through Glimp are better than the standard advertised deals on the providers site.

Leah Te Rangi , 2021-09-28

Sign up didn't go quite the way it was meant to. But Kate called and she walked through everything so we could work out what went wrong. she was patient, friendly, supportive and kept me calm to finally get plan registration sorted ( still can't log in though - she must be magic )

Tara Davis , 2021-09-28

Found it really easy to find what i needed and also got a call regarding what deals might be best suited etc. Saves a lot of time. Highly reccommend glimp