Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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saffron drift light

Saffron Drift Light: A semi-smart bulb with limited appeal

This slow-dimming bulb may help some drift off to sleep, but it's too dim and expensive for us to recommend.

Color LED smart bulbs

Best color LED smart bulbs

Today’s color-tunable bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

LIFX+ A19 A60 E27 E26 WBG

LIFX+ color LED smart bulb review: This light bulb helps your security camera see in the dark

The original LIFX bulb is one of our top picks. The LIFX+ packs LEDs that illuminate the area around it with infrared light even when the bulb is otherwise turned off.

Sengled Element Touch

Sengled Element Touch review: A quirky, but inexpensive ZigBee bulb

The “touch” in its name refers to a button on the bulb that can cycle through four levels of brightness.

Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit

Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit review: This is the bulb to beat

The Hue produces amazing light across the white spectrum.

TP-Link LB120

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb LB120 review: This would be a great bulb if it wasn’t so dim

Wi-Fi connectivity means you don’t need a hub, but this globe just doesn’t get bright enough.

White smart LED light bulbs

Best white LED smart bulbs

Color smart bulbs are fun, but white bulbs are a lot more practical. We’ll help you find the right one for your needs.

LIFX 800

LIFX White 800 review: A distant second to Philips Hue

LIFX’s color-tunable bulb excels, but its white bulb simply doesn’t hit the same highs.

Cree Connected

Connected Cree LED Bulb review: A super-cheap ZigBee solution

Cree’s smart bulbs work with a variety of smart-home hubs, but that means Cree has a lot less control over the user experience.

C by GE 4-pack

C by GE smart LED bulb review: Not the right choice for enthusiasts

The C-Life is an inexpensive choice, but its value is undercut by the price of the C-Sleep.

Philips Scene Switch

Philips SceneSwitch review: It’s not a smart bulb, but it is clever

This new white-only LED bulb changes color with a flip of the switch instead of an app on your phone.

TP Link LB130 color

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb LB130 review: An inexpensive color option

It’s cheaper than the only competing color Wi-Fi bulb, but it’s not better.

Philips Hue Color and Ambiance Starter Kit

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit review: Still the market leader

No manufacturer has done more to advance the concept of smart LED bulbs.

LIFX Color 1000

LIFX Color 1000 review: One of the best smart bulbs gets brighter and better

This year’s model is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the original, but scheduling within its app remains a weak spot.

Lightify color LED smart bulb

Ledvance Lightify RGBW A19 review: Affordable smart lighting with a steep learning curve

You’ll find lots of form factors in the Ledvance Lightify collection, but getting the most out of them takes some effort.