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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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12 technologies that died in 2015

Some tech died quickly. Some faded away. For better or worse, we look back at what we lost in 2015.

Target Open House

Sears vs Target: Which store operates the best connected-home showroom?

Two retail giants are making the most of their brick-and-mortar assets to help educate consumers about the latest smart-home trends.

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Skype vs. Skype for Business: Who can stick with the free app, who needs to upgrade

Skype for Business offers advantages geared for businesses that are big—or that want to look big. Here's how to decide whether it's worth the money for your needs.

Smart LED bulbs

6 smart LED bulbs tested: We name the best and brightest for lighting your connected home

Color-tunable lighting makes for a striking home environment, but the upfront investment can be substantial. We’ll help you pick the right bulb for your needs.