Smart lights that you can automate and control from your phone or with voice commands are one of the best ways to get on the smart home bandwagon. And, with lots and lots of new smart home lighting products hitting the market in 2019, you’ve got more options than ever. These are some of the best smart lightbulbs CNET has reviewed — along with a smart switch and a colored light strip to set the mood.


Wyze Bulb

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding)

The good: At around $12 each, the Wyze Bulb works with Alexa, Google and IFTTT, and you don’t need a hub to use it. The bulb itself is brighter than advertised, and the app includes useful features like scenes, shortcuts and a vacation mode.

The bad: The bulb doesn’t dim down quite as low as some of its competitors, and it doesn’t support Siri voice controls via Apple HomeKit. Though you can schedule automated lighting changes at specific times, the app won’t let you schedule lighting changes at sunrise or sunset, and it won’t let you trigger slow fades, either.

The cost: $11.98

The bottom line: This is the best value smart bulb I’ve ever tested, and a perfect pick if you use Alexa or Google Assistant to control your smart home.


Lutron Caseta In-Wall Wireless Smart Lighting Kit

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding)

The good: Lutron’s in-wall smart switches are reliable performers that work with Alexa, Nest, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit and more. The well-designed Lutron app is easy to use, and offers plenty of helpful features, including geofencing, scene management, and a security mode that’ll help make it look like you’re home when you’re not.

The bad: Lutron won’t let you program your lights to fade on or off over a custom length of time, and the Lutron Bridge requires a hardwired Ethernet connection to your router.

The cost: $164.90

The bottom line: These are the best-performing, most fully-featured smart switches currently available, and well worth the money if you’re serious about connected lighting.


Lifx Z Multi-Color LED Wi-Fi Light Strip

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: The Lifx Z light strips don’t need a bridge or a hub plugged into your router, and they let you “paint” multiple colors onto the strips — two distinct advantages over Philips Hue. They also work with IFTTT, Nest, SmartThings and Amazon’s Alexa.

The bad: Controls for that color-painting feature are pretty imprecise, and you can’t save any of your custom patterns to use later. There’s also no way to animate your light patterns — and no Apple HomeKit compatibility, either.

The cost: $79.99 to $89.99

The bottom line: Like most color-changing lights, these strips are a fun, expensive smart-home novelty.


Sylvania Smart Multicolor LED (Apple HomeKit-enabled)

CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Sylvania’s HomeKit-compatible color-changing bulb is easy to use and less expensive than Lifx. Unlike Philips Hue, it doesn’t require you to plug a hub into your router.

The bad: Sylvania’s Smart Plus bulbs rely entirely on Apple’s Home app, where the lighting controls aren’t as sophisticated as you’ll get with the dedicated apps of Lifx or Hue.

The cost: $18.00 to $25.00

The bottom line: If Siri-powered color changes are all that you’re after, then this might be the bulb for you.


The following CNET staff contributed to this story: Senior Editor Ry Crist and Senior Editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit


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