Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Notion Home Awareness Starter Kit review: Smarter sensors, but limited control

This unconventional smart home system lets you know what’s going on in your house, but you’ll need other hardware do anything about it.

Scout smarthome kit

Scout Alarm review: This DIY security system lacks polish

Our evaluation experience left us unimpressed and somewhat skeptical.

abode product family with iphone

Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable

A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.

Philips Hue and Ledvance Sylvania Lightify motion sensors

Philips Hue and Sylvania Lightify motion sensor reviews: These add-ons make your smart lighting smarter

The Lightify Smart Sensor is a good add-on for Sylvania smart bulbs, but the Hue sensor demonstrates why Philips leads the market.

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.

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.

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.

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.