Best Smart Light Bulbs 2018

Best Smart Light Bulbs 2018

Each progressing year smart bulbs are becoming more and more popular. We believe, of course, that this trend is set to continue into the distant future until the the smart home becomes the true norm of living. A market with few competitors sees one brand out shining the rest year after year. The Philips Hue collection of smart lighting products are the peak of quality, functionality and entertainment in the consumer market. Philips Hue undoubtedly wins the best smart light bulbs 2018 top pick. Included:


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With that said, other brands of smart bulbs do cater for certain individualistic needs better than the Philips Hue smart bulbs. LIFX is the best choice for those in need of just one smart bulb yet still want top quality and MagicLight is a cheap yet still decent product earning our budget pick in this category. Ikea Tradfri  and Sylvania LIGHTIFY are suitable middle ground options to balance price and quality. So without further ado here is our best smart light bulbs 2018 list.

Best Smart LED Light Bulbs

Philips Hue – Best Smart Home Light Bulbs

Gold Medal

9.5/10


Philips Hue White and Color

Features, Pros & Cons

  • 16 million colors
  • High compatability
  • Highly functional
  • Wi-Fi & Zigbee
  • IFTTT
  • Requires Hue Bridge
  • Pricey
  • Quality – 10/10
  • Value – 8/10
  • Compatibility – 10/10
  • Energy – 10/10

The Philips Hue lighting system was one of the first on the smart lighting scene, with its first debut at apple stores in October 2012. Since then the lighting system has remained at the top of its game, providing an extensive range of inter-compatible products with easy step ups and more than enough options to satisfy all of your smart lighting needs. For these reasons, this makes Philips Hue products the best smart light bulbs of 2018.

What really sets Philips Hue apart from its competitors is its connectivity and functionality. The Phillips app is simple and offers a endless possibility of lighting configurations. On top of this, the system flawlessly works with your smart home hub; including, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. For the more tech savvy, Hue is configured to work with Logitech, Xfinity, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT systems. This makes you able to do things you wouldn’t think possible with your home lighting system.

When starting out with Philips Hue it is highly recommended to purchase one of their starter kits as it comes with the Philips Hue Bridge. This is a specific Philips Hue smart hub required to operate their smart lighting system. The Philips Hue Starter Kit come in options of white or white and color in packs of two or four bulbs. Your can also get the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus and other accessories included.

Philips Hue Starter Kits

Bluetooth Speakers with LED LightsLED LightsBattery life (up to)Waterproof
Sony SRS-XB41Yes24 hoursYes
Sony SRS-XB40Yes24 hoursYes
Sony SRS-XB31Yes24 hoursYes
Sony SRS-XB30Yes24 hoursYes
Sony SRS-XB21Yes12 hoursYes
Sony SRS-XB20Yes12 hoursYes
Sony LSPX-S1Yes4 hoursNo
JBL Pulse 3Yes12 hoursYes
DOSS TravelerYes12 hoursYes
Creative MetallixYse24 hours?
Monster RoveYes?Yes
Monster Superstar BlackFloatYes7 hoursYes

LIFX LED Bulb

Silver Medal

8.6/10


LIFX Bulb

Features, Pros & Cons

  • 16 million colors
  • High Compatability
  • Brighter than Philips Hue
  • IFTTT
  • No bridge required
  • Doesn’t use Zigbee
  • Pricey
  • Quality – 9/10
  • Value – 7/10
  • Compatibility – 10/10
  • Energy – 7/10

The LIFX bulb comes in at a close second behind the Philips Hue. Unlike the Philips Hue collection, the LIFX bulb does not require a central hub, but instead works as an independent unit. Each LIFX smart bulb can connect directly to your Wi-Fi network at home. This is the perfect choice of brand for anyone looking to just operate one or two smart bulbs in their home. The lack of a hub makes setting up this product especially easy and this feature matched with maintained quality earns LIFX the second place in our best smart light bulbs of 2018 rankings. .

LIFX is lesser know than Philips Hue but still has many of the same functionality that makes smart lighting so appealing. The bulb emits an impressive 16 million colours options as well as a strong spectrum of whites and warm yellows, tailored for your everyday use. One thing we prefer over the LIFX over the Hue is the superior brightness (1100 lumens), which equates to a 75W incandescent light bulb. This make LIFX a slightly better choice for illuminating a larger area compared to the Philips Hue range.

The LIFX smartphone app is intuitive, easy to use and includes some useful features including; setting on/off schedules and making your lights pulse to your music. As you would expect from a premium smart product the bulb is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Google assistant and  IFTTT. Overall the LIFX app provides a good degree of control over the bulb and its compatibility with common smart hubs and IFTTT gives a very well rounded smart lighting range. The LIFX products below include single and starter packs featuring color, mini white and infrared smart bulbs that give you night time vision for added security.

LIFX Smart Bulb Kits

Portable Bluetooth SpeakersBattery life (hours)WeightNumber of SpeakersSize
Altec Lansing Omnijacket Ultra602.517 kg?X-Large
Altec Lansing Boom Jacket 2500.453 kg2Large
Altec Lansing Super Lifejacket502.086 kg?X-Large
Altec Lansing Omnijacket501.247 kg?Medium
Altec Lansing Sonic Boom506.577 kg?X-Large
Altec Lansing Lifejacket XL401.859 kg?X-Large
Fugoo Sport400.498 kg?X-Large
Fugoo Tough400.635 kg?X-Large
Fugoo Style350.440 kg?X-Large
Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Plus300.37 kg2Medium
AOMAIS GO302.131 kg?X-Large
Samsung Level Box Slim300.236 kgX-Large
Altec Lansing Lifejacket 3301.301 kg?X-Large
Riva Turbo X261.36 kg3Large
Samsung Level Box Mini250.392 kg?Small
Marshall Stockwell251.2 kg?Large
Sony SRS-XB41241.50 kg2X-Large
Sony SRS-XB40241.5 kg2X-Large
Sony SRS-XB31240.89 kg2Large
Sony SRS-XB30240.98 kg2Large
Sony SRS-XB3240.93 kg2Large
JBL Boombox245.25 kg?X-Large
Anker SoundCore240.365 kg2Small
Anker SoundCore 2242Small
VAVA Voom 24240.480 kg?Medium
VAVA Voom 23240.453 kg?Medium
Altec Lansing Xpedition 82411.385 kg0X-Large
B&O Beoplay A1240.6 kg2Medium
B&O Beoplay A2 Active241.1 kg2Large
B&O Beolit 17242.6 kg3X-Large
Creative Metallix240.205 kg1Small
Creative Metallix Plus240.385 kg2Small
Dali Katch241.1 kg?Large
Sony SRS-BTM8201.06 kg2X-Large
JBL Charge 3200.8 kg2Large
Anker Classic Bluetooth Speaker200.450 kg2Small
UE Megaboom200.877 kg2Large
Marshall Kilburn203 kg?X-Large
Creative iRoar201.1 kg?Large
Bowers & Wilkins T7 Wireless180.94 kg2Large
Anker SoundCore Pro184Medium
Anker SoundCore Pro+ 25W180.76 kg?Large
Bose SoundLink Revolve+160.9 kg1Large
Sony SRS-XB10160.26 kg1Small
UE MEGABLAST161.723 kg2Large
B&O P6160.997 kg2Large
JBL Xtreme Special Edition152.112 kg?X-Large
JBL Xtreme152.112 kg2X-Large
Anker Soundcore Sport XL150.600 kg2Small
Anker Soundcore Mini150.250 kg1Mini
UE Boom 2150.548 kg2Medium
Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200150.5 kg?Medium
Bose Soundlink III141.37 kg?Large
Riva S130.680 kg?Medium
Bose SoundLink Revolve120.66 kg1Large
Sony SRS-XB21120.53 kg2Medium
Sony SRS-XB20120.59 kg2Medium
Sony SRS-HG1120.79 kg2Medium
Sony SRS-XB2120.48 kg2Medium
Sony SRS-X33120.73 kg2Small
Sony SRS-X11120.215 kg1Mini
JBL Pulse 3120.960 kg3Large
JBL Flip 4120.515 kg2Medium
Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3120.26 kg2Small
Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Ultra120.657 kg2Small
Anker Pocket120.09 kg1Nano
Anker Soundcore Boost 20W120.585 kg2Large
Beats Pill+120.745 kg4Medium
UE BLAST121.927 kg2X-Large
DOSS SoundBox Touch122Medium
DOSS SoundBox Color120.490 kg2Medium
DOSS Traveler120.689 kg?Large
Creative iRoar Go120.810 kg?Large
Libratone One Click120.907 kg?Large
Libratone TOO120.589 kg2Medium
KEF MUO120.8 kg2Large
Bose SoundLink Mini II100.68 kg1Small
Sony SRS-X77101.9 kg2Large
Sony SRS-X55101.2 kg2Large
Sony SRS-BTS50100.400 kg2Medium
JBL Flip 3100.45 kg2Medium
Anker SoundCore Sport100.230 kg1Mini
AOMAIS Sport II100.61 kg2Nano
AOMAIS Outdoor100.331 kg2Small
UE WONDERBOOM10??Medium
DOSS Soundbox XL101.569 kg2X-Large
B&O P2100.300 kg?Medium
Denon Envaya Mini100.5 kg2Small
Denon Envaya101.32 kg2Large
Denon Envaya Pocket DSB-50BT100.390 kg2Small
APIE100.326 kg2Large
WZK100.458 kg?Medium
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro101.1 kg?Large
Libratone ZIPP101.496 kg?X-Large
Libratone ZIPP Mini101.088 kg?Large
Samsung Wireless Speaker Scoop Deisgn90.15 kg1Mini
Samsung Level box PRO90.842 kg4Medium
Samsung Scoop90.151 kg?Mini
UE Roll 290.33 kg1Medium
Amazon Tap90.47 kg2Medium
Bose SoundLink Color II80.54 kg1Medium
JBL Clip 280.184 kg1Small
JBL Trip80.229 kg1Mini
Klipsch The One83.86 kg?Medium
Klipsch Groove Portable80.77 kg1Large
Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3XL81.592 kg2X-Large
Anker Premium Bluetooth Speaker 20W80.62 kg2Medium
AOMAIS Tough80.725 kg2Small
Samsung Wireless Speaker Bottle80.396 kg1Large
DOSS SoundBox xs80.550 kg2Small
DOSS SoundBox mini80.379 kg?Small
DOSS SoundGo II80.557 kg2Medium
DOSS PowerBox80.762 kg2Large
Vava Voom 2082Medium
AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker80.52 kg2Medium
Creative Chrono80.366 kg1Medium
Monster Superstar BlackFloat70.226 kg2Small
Bose Soundlink Micro60.29kg?Small
VAVA VOOM 2261.759 kg?X-Large
Altec Lansing Baby Boom60.249 kg?Small
Altec Lansing Mini H20 360.198 kg?Medium
Creative Muvi 2C60.159 kg1Mini
Sony SRS-X250.51 kg2Small
JBL GO 250.184 kg1Mini
JBL GO+50.130 kg1Mini
JBL GO50.13 kg1Mini
Sony LSPX-S141.995 kg?Large
JBL Control X Wireless42.95 kg?X-Large
Anker SoundCore Nano40.082 kg1Nano

SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY Bulb

Bronze Medal

8.3/10


SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY

Features, Pros & Cons

  • 16 million colors
  • Wi-Fi & Zigbee
  • Less pricey
  • Control away from home
  • Requires hub
  • App not as developed as Philips
  • Quality – 7/10
  • Value – 8/10
  • Compatibility – 9/10
  • Energy – 10/10

Taking in all the smart lighting products, functions and features can be rather exhausting. This is where the Sylvania Lightify fits in nicely, the perfect smart bulb for anyone on the fence and unsure about what direction to go in. In short, the Sylvania Lightify is a nicely balanced bulb. Price, features, functions and compatibility are all at a decent standard.

A Zigbee hub is required to control Sylvania Lightify smart bulbs so this is a consideration needed to be made when purchasing. This requisite does increase the range of control and functions that the bulbs can perform and the Zigbee mesh network used is incredibly energy efficient compared to Wi-Fi. The decent product quality in combination with a reasonable price tag, strong compatibility and Zigbee integration makes this our third place in our best smart light bulbs of 2018 rankings.

Ikea Tradfri (Danish for wireless)

8.2/10


ikea tradfri

Features, Pros & Cons

  • Reasonably priced
  • Zigbee
  • Rise and shine feature
  • Away from home control
  • Setup not straightforward
  • No colors
  • Quality – 7/10
  • Value – 8/10
  • Compatibility – 7/10
  • Energy – 10/10

It is no surprise that the flat pack furniture giants have have produced a smart lighting option for their customers. The Tradfri smart lighting system is simple in design and easy to set up, much like their furniture. You are able to buy individual components or you can get start with their gateway system (2 bulbs, 1 hub and 1 remote control), which we recommend. The system can be added to, including motion sensors, if you are looking for another level of automation to your smart lighting.

It is worth knowing that if you are looking for coloured lighting then this smart light bulb is not for you, as the current Tradfri bulbs only allow you to select a range of white colour temperatures. Controlling the bulb through the app is very simple, you are able to dim the lights, turn on and off, choose form preset configurations and set timers. Overall the Tradfri is your back to basics smart lighting solution that is done well in true ikea style. But if you are looking for a more complete system with all the bells and whistles you better look further up our Top 5 list. That said, a fourth place in our best smart light bulbs of 2018 make this a solid product worth buying if you feel its right.

MagicLight Bulb – Best Budget Smart Light Bulbs

8/10


MagicLight

Features, Pros & Cons

  • 16 million colors
  • Cheap
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Zigbee option at higher price
  • No hub required
  • Limited range
  • Low app quality
  • Quality – 6/10
  • Value – 10/10
  • Compatibility – 8/10
  • Energy – 8/10

If you want a no nonsense, quick and cheap smart bulb then MagicLight is the brand for you. Their product range is very reasonably priced whilst maintaining a good standard of product with high quality lighting. Quite magical indeed. Therefore, MagicLight wins our budget pick in the smart bulbs category of this website.

Hubless, widely compatible and still hosting a small but decent range of feature, the MagicLight smart bulb collection caters for many needs at a low price tag. Whether your products need to be Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, work with Amazon Alexa or you plan to control your home with IFTTT, MagicLight has got you covered with its comprehensive product range. MagicLight has gained our budget pick in the best smart light bulbs of 2018 rankings due to being a great smart bulb despite being a very cheap piece of equipment.

The Best Smart Light Bulbs Smart Home Compatible

The best smart light bulbs 2018 collection goes unreservedly to Philips Hue for quality, functionality, fun, compatibility and integration. At this stage of the market they have a leading reputation. But one size does not certainly fit all and the best smart bulb for you is not necessarily a Philips Hue one. Read our Smart Lighting Buyers Guide to find out in more detail why this is the case and what individual aims, circumstances and needs affect your decision.

The Best Smart Light Bulbs

 Portable Bluetooth SpeakersWaterproofWaterproof RatingHandleBattery life (up to)
Best High-End Bluetooth Shower SpeakersUE MegaboomYesIPX7No20 hours
Sony SRS-XB41YesIP67No24 hours
Denon Envaya Mini DSB-150BTYesIP67No?
Great Mid-Range Shower Bluetooth SpeakersUE WONDERBOOMYesIPX7No10 hours
Anker Soundcore Sport XLYesIP67Yes15 hours
Fugoo GoYesIP67No?
UE Boom 2YesIPX7No15 hours
JBL Charge 3IPX7No20 hours
Top Budget Bluetooth Shower SpeakersJBL Clip 2YesIPX7No8 hours
UE Roll 2YesIPX7Yes9 hours
Altec Lansing Mini H20 3YesIP67No6 hours

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