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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ilumi

ilumi A19 LED Smartbulb review: The smart light bulb for the security conscious

This bulb claims to be the brightest Bluetooth bulb on the market, but its light is cooler than expected.

Flux color LED smart bulb

FluxSmart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb review: A fun light to be sure, but it’s not bright enough on its own

You’ll encounter lots of features here, but if you’re looking for a light to read by, look elsewhere.

Elgato Avea color LED smart bulb

Elgato Avea Bulb review: A novelty bulb, through and through

This LED bulb is great for mood lighting, but it’s not so good at lighting a room.

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.