Remember the allure of the Clapper? No more getting out of bed to hit the light switch! It seemed cutting edge at one time, and you can still buy it, but technology has come a long way since then. Now you can control the lights, set timers and schedules, and change colors with your smartphone or your voice if you have a smart assistant—no clapping required.
If you want to make your home just a little smarter, smart bulbs are a great place to start. Most options are relatively cheap, and they’re easy to install. Plus, there are no cameras or door locks for someone to hack into, and no wiring to mess with. If you decide to smarten up your home even more, most of these brands have a list of other products too.
Do you want to try voice controls? Consider getting a smart speaker or smart display. But you can always use the bulb’s app.
Updated February 2022: We’ve added the Govee Lyra smart lamp and Sengled’s classic bulbs to this guide. We’ve also updated prices throughout.
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