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Time was, you'd just screw in a light bulb and flip a switch. We live in a much more dynamic era when lightbulbs are connected to the internet, and the cost of smart light bulb tech has come down dramatically. It's no longer just lighting companies that are pushing Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled bulbs, which has led to a very crowded marketplace. Some of them need hubs, a few work with Bluetooth, others connect directly to your Wi-Fi, and still others link up with Google smart speakers automatically. It's confusing! We've got some experience with all this stuff, though. We think these are the best light bulbs on any budget for your Google Home and Assistant-enabled smart home.
Yeelight's M2 smart light came out of nowhere at the end of last year, with a low price (for RGB smart lighting) and the convenience of Google's seamless setup. That means no third-party apps or services, no external hubs, and no long tedious process to get things working. In fact, this is almost the perfect Assistant-connected smart bulb. The only bummer is how dim it is in warm white lighting modes.
Smart bulbs can be an expensive purchase, especially when you don't need too many, as the hub to connect them to your router can be pricey. Wi-Fi bulbs are a good alternative, mostly because they don't need an intermediary bridge, but they also tend to be costly. Thankfully, this LIFX bulb offers great value for money, thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity and low price, which is currently $8 less than usual.
If the Amazon Echo is not powerful enough, you should consider the higher-end Echo Studio. It was unveiled in September and is Amazon's answer to the Google Home Max. It's currently down to just $170 and comes with a free Hue bulb, which represents a $60 discount over the traditional MSRP.
Winter is here in the northern hemisphere and you might be looking for ways to cozy up your home. Smart lighting can certainly brighten things up, but the price to get started sometimes feels prohibitive. Luckily enough, you can grab a Google Smart Light Starter Kit, as well as an additional GE C-Life smart bulb, for just $29 ($39 off) at Kohls.
Multi-colored smart bulbs aren't just able to change the atmosphere of any room with a tap; they're oftentimes more energy efficient and far more convenient to use than their non-connected cousins. If you're in the market for some serious Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulbs, you're going to want to check out this early Black Friday deal. From now through December 2nd, you can save up to 43% on these smart bulb bundles by LIFX:
Smart light bulbs, given their relative ease of use and immediate impact on daily life, are a common entry point to the world of home automation. Many entry-level bulbs are only capable of producing white light, but spending a bit more adds the capability to manipulate the color and atmosphere of your home lighting. Thanks to a deal currently available at Best Buy, the Hue A19 bulb is on clearance sale for $36, which represents a savings of $12 off the list price.
Smart lights are an easy way to get into the world of smart home devices. They require minimal setup, are easy to control with voice assistants, and the benefits are clear. LIFX has emerged as one of the leading names in smart lighting, with bulbs that connect directly to WiFi without the need for a bulky hub. A four-pack of the company's mini-sized Day and Dusk LED bulbs is currently on sale for only $60, which is a savings of $50 from their list price of $110.
These days, just about any "dumb" product in your home – be it a bedside clock, front doorbell, and even your window drapes – can be transformed into an intelligent one. All you need are the right connected accessories, and controlling your various appliances are simply a tap away. Right now on Amazon, you can save up to 25% on a wide range of smart home upgrades from TP-Link, including wall plugs, lightbulbs, outdoor outlets, and even security cameras for both inside and outside your home.
Philips Hue lights are known for their reliability, ease of use, and compatibility with third-party services. Unfortunately, they tend to be quite pricey, especially if you don't have a Hue hub already. Thankfully, the Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit has dropped to $100 on Amazon, which is $60 off its regular price.