The festival of lights is almost upon us, and it’s a good reason to upgrade your home with smart lighting. Smart lights are growing in popularity, thanks to their energy-saving capabilities and efficiency. Most of these lights are Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Most of these lights can be controlled easily via a mobile device or via voice assistants. Consumers also get an option to customise the colour of smart lights according to their mood and liking. If you’re looking to upgrade your home this Diwali, here are some of the best smart lights to brighten up your home with.
This smart light by Xiaomi comes in a white plus multi-colour option which offers 16 million hues. The 10W bulb features a brightness of 800 lumens. It can be easily connected to an existing 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network and can be controlled conveniently via the Mi Home app. The colour temperature of the bulb can be adjusted between 1700K and 6500k where the lowest is like candle-light while the highest is as bright as a fluorescent lamp. The Mi LED Smart Bulb does not require a bridge to work, and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Consumers can also give voice commands to this smart light via Alexa and Google Assistant. Additionally, users can also set up schedules for the bulb to turn off or on automatically.
This 9W white plus multi-colour offering by Philips offers up to 16 million colours and a colour temperature of 6500K. Unlike the Philips Hue bulb, it is Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled via the WiZ app. Users can set timers and schedule lighting according to their needs. It can be switched on/off, dimmed and directed to give warm/cool light depending on user’s convenience. Consumers can download the WiZ app on their mobile devices to control the Philips Wi-Fi LED bulb, or use virtual assistants like Siri and Amazon Alexa for the same. Philips also claims 40 percent more energy-saving with the Wi-Fi LED Bulb B22 over a 15W CFL bulb.
The Syska Smart LED Bulb provides a wattage of 7W and sports 16 million colour options along with different tones to choose from. This bulb is compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi bands and comes with a regular retro fit. The smart bulb offering works with Android 4.3 and iOS 6 and above running mobile devices. It also houses support for Amazon Alexa and hence, the users can control it with voice commands as well. The bulb can be used to set alarms as per your daily schedules. Additionally, it can be programmed to turn on and off when its dark and light, and turn on and off at intervals when you’re on vacation.
The Wipro Smart LED Bulb provides a wattage of 9W and is compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connections. Consumers can download the Wipro Next smart app to control the bulb remotely. The smart light can also recognise voice commands as it comes equipped with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The bulb offers shades of white and over 16 million hues to suit the needs of the user. Users can also create their own lighting scenes or schedule lighting when they are outside the use. The offering features a white colour temperature range of 2700K to 6500K and doesn’t require a separate bridge or hub to function. Using the IFTTT app available on the Google Play Store and Apple Store, consumers can give a specific function to the bulb. For instance, they can configure the light to turn blue whenever they receive an email.
5. Philips Hue
The Philips Hue Smart Bulb provides all colours between the temperature of 3000K and 6500K. The offering provides a wattage of 9.5W and a brightness of 9000 lumens for brightness. The bulb can be controlled via the Philips Hue app and can be configured to mimic the sunrise, provide a relaxing lighting scene, switch on when the user is about to reach home with the Location Aware function, set alarms, notifications and perform specific functions using the IFTTT app. The bulb requires a Hue Bridge or Echo Plus/Show to function, which you will have to purchase separately. This smart light is compatible with voice assistants including Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and Google Assistant.