July 4, 2022

Arguably the easiest way to smarten up your home is with one of the best cheap smart LED light bulbs. All you need to do is unscrew your existing traditional bulb, replace it with a smart one, download the app, connect, and voilà. You can control the bulb from your phone, or even sometimes by voice with Google Assistant or Alexa. There are plenty of amazing smart light bulbs out there, but when it comes to simplicity and affordability, the LiFX 1,100-lumen bulb is an excellent option because it has built-in Wi-Fi, and thus doesn’t require a separate hub. It can also display up to 16 million colors, and works with all major voice control platforms.

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GE Cync Direct Connect Smart Bulbs

Best overall

Reasons to buy

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Reputable brand

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Alexa, Google voice control

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Create scenes/schedules

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Control away from home

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Energy-saving

Reasons to avoid

Setup can sometimes be finicky

Regarding brand recognition when it comes to lighting, you can’t get any better than GE. These color-changing bulbs come with voice control, millions of colors, and the ability to add them to smart home scenes and schedules. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and works with both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.

As a bonus, no hub or bridge is required to get this smart bulb lighting up your living room. It connects to Wi-Fi directly, and you can control it away from home through the Cync mobile app should you ever forget to turn the lights off. In addition to a full-color bulb, you have the choice of tunable white or soft white in a single or double pack.

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