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The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

Kitting out my new house with smart home gadgets has been a blast coming from the rigid confines of a rented apartment. But one particular issue affecting the simplest of all smart home hardware is driving me a little nuts. I was actually a little shocked to see it hasn't been talked about more, and while I wrestle with trying to get hardware that behaves a little better, I'd like to rant for the public record about how inconsistent smart bulbs are.

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Nanoleaf shapes review: Hexagons are the bestagons, but the app needs work

Nanoleaf shapes review: Hexagons are the bestagons, but the app needs work

At this point, Nanoleaf is pretty well known — if not by name, at least from the geometric shapes in the background of countless YouTube videos and Twitch streams. We've all seen them, curiously Googled them up, and been shocked at the price tag. But these aren't some cheap Assistant-compatible smart bulb; they're wall-mounted art pieces with smart home functionality. So, are they worth it? If you can stomach the cost and the bad app, we think so.

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Twinkly smart light lineup offers fully addressable Lightstrip and Nanoleaf alternatives

Twinkly smart light lineup offers fully addressable Lightstrip and Nanoleaf alternatives

The smart light market is hardly stagnant, but there are key players whose products dominate their niche. If you're looking for smart lighting strips, you're probably going to end up with a Philips Hue product, and folks hoping for decorative wall pieces tend toward Twitch- and YouTube-popularized Nanoleaf lights. But Twinkly (of smart Christmas light fame) has just launched its own spatially mappable versions of both.

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Enjoy a holiday light show at home with a little help from the Google Assistant

Enjoy a holiday light show at home with a little help from the Google Assistant

If you have a Google Home or Assistant-powered smart display and some smart RGB lights, you can enjoy a little extra holiday cheer this year. Just tell it, "Hey Google, let's get jolly" to trigger a red and green light show paired with a quick bit of holiday music.

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Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant has been able to turn lights on and off for a while, but until now, it could only do so immediately. This meant that it didn't have the capability to run a timer and perform the action after the time had elapsed. Thankfully, the digital helper has gotten even smarter and can now operate your lights according to the time or duration you specify.

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Brighten up your day with two colorful C by GE smart bulbs for $20 ($25 off)

Brighten up your day with two colorful C by GE smart bulbs for $20 ($25 off)

Smart lights are a key part of a connected home. From voice control, to custom scheduling, to turning your bedroom into a disco party, they make mundane tasks more fun. Right now, Best Buy is offering a two-pack of full color smart bulbs for just $19.99, a full $25 off — and you don't even need a hub to take advantage of their smart features.

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Philips Hue reveals new and updated bulbs, revamped Iris table lamp, and a lightstrip for your TV

Philips Hue reveals new and updated bulbs, revamped Iris table lamp, and a lightstrip for your TV

Remote IFA festivities today continue, as Philips Hue has announced a handful of new and updated products in its smart home lighting lineup, including a new lightstrip for your TV and the revamped return of the Iris table lamp. On top of that, folks in the August and Nest smart lock ecosystem can look forward to deeper integrations between the two systems starting soon.

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Save up to $50 on refurbished Philips Hue lighting, today only on Woot

Save up to $50 on refurbished Philips Hue lighting, today only on Woot

Philips makes some of the best smart lighting you can get in its Hue line, but the it's generally more expensive than options from competing outfits like Lifx and GE. If you're in the Philips ecosystem and you don't mind getting some bulbs that aren't brand new, today is a good chance to stock up: Woot's got refurbished Hue products for up to $50 off MSRP.

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Save 20% on Philips Hue outdoor lights and accessories in one-day sale (up to $70 off)

Save 20% on Philips Hue outdoor lights and accessories in one-day sale (up to $70 off)

Now is the perfect time to tackle some simple DIY home improvement projects, and smart lighting is one of the most straightforward additions you can make to your home. Most people begin by replacing their interior bulbs and fixtures, but if you're ready to illuminate your exterior spaces, today's DOTD sale at Best Buy could be just what you need. Right now, you can save 20% off an assortment of outdoor-centric Philips Hue lights and accessories.

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Wiz, Philips Hue's sister company, announces remote and motion sensor for its Wi-Fi lights

Wiz, Philips Hue's sister company, announces remote and motion sensor for its Wi-Fi lights


Smart bulbs can be divided into two main categories: the ones that connect to your router using Wi-Fi, or those that require an intermediary bridge. Others also use Bluetooth, but they're usually less convenient, as they're not directly connected to the Internet. With the acquisition of WiZ, Signify, the company behind Philips Hue lights, has taken a smart approach, as it's present in the three aforementioned categories. With this in mind, it's just announced a new remote control and a motion sensor for its Wi-Fi lights, following in Hue's footsteps.

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