Updated July 26, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Alexa Bulbs

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in December of 2016. An ideal lighting system can be fully automated, controlled by voice command, and set to random patterns to keep your home safe when you're away. Smart LED bulbs are finally reaching a point where they're capable enough and worth the money. Here are some of the most versatile options that are compatible with hubs and standard home Wi-Fi networks, and all are designed for use with Amazon's Alexa. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best alexa bulb on Amazon.

10. Sengled Smart

9. Philips Hue Strip

8. Anker Eufy Lumos 2.0

7. Philips Outdoor

6. Feit Electric

5. Xiaomi YeeLight

4. Teckin E27

3. Kasa KL130

2. LIFX Wi-Fi

1. Philips Hue

Editor's Notes

July 23, 2019:

We'd love to say that smart home technology is at a place where you can just plug in a fancy new bulb and flip the switch. Unfortunately, it's not always that easy -- not yet, anyhow -- for a number of reasons. Competing hub protocols, inconsistent router settings from user to user, and generally crowded wireless environments are among those reasons. Nonetheless, there are some great choices available right now that will satisfy most users.

The LIFX, Teckin, Anker, and Xiaomi are good options for those who only want to dabble in smart lighting, as they work directly off your Wi-Fi network and don't need a hub. This is nice for many people as it precludes any advanced or pricey equipment, but if you plan on having more than a few configurable bulbs, having so many devices connected can strain the average home network. The Sengled is worth a look if you're willing to fuss with it a bit, as while it seems to work great for most users, it may require a little extra finagling to get connected just right.

But if you're serious about smart LED lighting, get the Philips Hue. There aren't really any competitors that currently come close to its reliability, color depth, customizability, or brightness. And after all, the whole point of this endeavor is ease of use and automatic configurations. So as long as you're willing to make the investment, the Hue line is almost certainly the way to go. The starter kit we've listed at the top is the perfect way to get going with this attractive and worthwhile option.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on July 26, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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