As if the outstanding energy-efficiency of LED light bulbs wasn’t enough, LED manufacturers have pushed the envelope even further, this time giving LEDs smarter features, such as wireless connectivity for remote control, dimmability, and the ability to generate millions of different colors.
Smart LED bulbs are taking the world by storm, and if you’re considering installing a few of these cool bulbs in your Scottsdale home, now’s a great time to do it. Smart bulbs not only come with an assortment of nifty tech features, they still offer the same energy efficiency that lets you cut your utility bill and do your part in protecting the environment.
But the many brands of smart LED bulbs in the market can make it difficult to choose which ones to get. Different brands and models offer interesting features that can really take any home lighting system to the next level. In this guide, we’ve narrowed down your choices to a list of 5 smart LEDs worth buying in 2017.
Hue LED Starter Kit by Philips
When paired with the smart switch or your mobile device, the Philips Hue Starter Kit’s amazing features come to life. Aside from the usual set of controls like dimmability and automated scheduling, you can turn up your home’s entertainment system by connecting the Hue kit to your Wi-Fi network and watch as they change colors together with the beat of the music.
Apple users will also love the ability to control the Hue kit through Siri. You also get a decent 15,000-hour lifespan with these bulbs. The Hue is on the pricey side of things, but given its robust features, it’s really worth the price.
Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light LB100 by TP-Link
TP-Link’s LB100 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb is compatible with most third-party controllers, making it a great solution for home automation. The device’s simple and fun app also makes using the smart bulbs a delight. The LB100 boasts of dimming and color changing features, plus a light setting designed to mimic the appearance of naturals sunlight—perfect if you want to make your interiors feel like spring all year round. It also comes with a 13-year lifespan based on three hours of daily use.
FluxSmart Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb
As the name suggests, the FluxSmart Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb can connect with your Android or Apple device via Bluetooth connection. Using the FluxSmart app, you can schedule your smart bulbs to come on and off at specific times of the day, set mood lighting, and put on a light show by playing music on your mobile device. You can also create custom color transitions together with other app users. The FluxSmart Smart LED lets you play with 16 million colors, which includes a thousand varieties of cool and warm whites.
Connected Soft White Dimmable LED Light Bulb by Cree
The Cree Connected LED Bulb is not only easy to use, it’s also one of the most affordable smart LEDs in the market. You will, however, need to purchase a hub separately. The good news is that the device is compatible with ZigBee certified hubs like Wink, SmartThings, and WeMo Link.
Once installed with a compatible hub, you can then control the Cree Connected LED’s light settings through an Android or iOS app, allowing you to create light schedules and dim/brighten your lights.
So, there you have it. Four LED light bulbs that offer a wide range of features for a reasonable price. Pro tip: if you’re going to install smart LEDs in your Scottsdale home, start slow. Start in an area like your bedroom and see how you like the experience before expanding to the rest of your house.