There are two types of bulbs in smart indoor lighting – white and color. Within those segments, smart lights come in all kinds of flavors. There are smart lights that connect through Zigbee, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Smart lights that contain speakers, alarms, scheduling capabilities; even ones that remember what time of day they are typically turned off and on so that when you go on vacation, they will turn on and off automatically, resembling your normal lighting patterns to give the illusion someone is home. Colored bulbs often come with apps so you can cycle through the color spectrum, set certain color palettes to go with the time of day, and schedule when the lights come to life. Some white bulbs are strictly one color temperature, while others automate to the circadian rhythm. Major players in the smart lighting industry include Philips Hue, LIFX, BeeOn and GE.

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ilumi Illuminates Your Smart Home – Manufacturer Monday

By Nikki Kahl | July 3, 2017
It was the Fall of 2010, and two MBA Classmates had a vision. They dreamed of “making light better,” a dream which became reality after their idea for an app-controlled LED won first place at the ...

Philips Hue Gen 3 Smart Bulb “with Richer Colors” Review and Comparison

By Lisa Feierman | May 22, 2017
Welcome back to our second review of the Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs – this time, of the Gen 3 with Richer Colors. 18 months ago, I wrote a review of the first generation Philips Hue. ...

Lightify Flex RGBW App and Alexa Voice Control Demo – Part 2 (Video)

By Nikki Kahl | April 11, 2017
Lightify Flex is a smart strip lighting kit by Sylvania. These strip lights are perfect for accent lighting, recessed lighting, and adding a little pop of color to any room. In this video, Art ...

Lightify Flex RGBW Smart LED Strip Lighting Demo – Part 1 (Video)

By Nikki Kahl | April 11, 2017
Lightify Flex is a smart strip lighting kit by Sylvania. These strip lights are perfect for accent lighting, recessed lighting, and adding a little pop of color to any room. In this video, Art ...

Sylvania Lightify Flex RGBW Lighting Review – Smart Strip Lighting by Osram

By Art Feierman | March 5, 2017
This review looks at the Lightify Flex RGBW – Strip lights which use RGBW LEDs to offer the full spectrum of color, plus tunable white.  They are brought to you by Osram Sylvania.  A basic ...

Nanoleaf Aurora – The Art of Smart Lighting Design

By Nikki Kahl | February 1, 2017
Smart lighting is a popular choice for many homes, but how about artistic smart lighting? Nanoleaf Aurora is possibly the most innovative and impressive way to bring smart lighting into your ...

Ilumi Smartstrip Makes Smart Lighting Fun For All Ages

By Nikki Kahl | January 31, 2017
The ilumi Smartstrip is a millennial’s dream. Smart lighting is fun on its own, but with the new ilumi Smartstrip, you can transform your home or apartment into a mini-rave. The company has ...

Eve Wall Switch Teams Up With Apple Siri For Voice Lighting Control

By Nikki Kahl | January 25, 2017
One the world’s first HomeKit enabled light switches has stepped out into the spotlight. Elgato Eve has surpassed the competition with the Eve Light Switch, a smart home automation solution that ...

Qube Smart Bulb and Qube Smart Light Strip – Affordable Smart Lighting

By Nikki Kahl | January 25, 2017
The Qube Smart Bulb and Qube Smart Light Strip with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have arrived to make smart home lighting more cost-effective. These color lights may have been “just another smart light” ...

Wemo Dimmer and Wemo Mini by Belkin – Integrated Smart Home System

By Nikki Kahl | January 20, 2017
Welcome the two newest additions to the Belkin Wemo product lineup, the Wemo Dimmer and the Wemo Mini, a smart plug solution. Belkin’s Wemo line seeks to provide home automation users with an ...

Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – A Review

By Dave Duncan | December 17, 2016
“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory,  deliver on just ...

Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review with HomeKit

By Art Feierman | October 6, 2016
In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing their Smart Bridge with your Wifi, and of course, installing ...

AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review

By Dave Duncan | September 1, 2016
Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more.  Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to information, including music, it can make your life easier ...

SengLED Pulse Solo Smart LED Light Bulb with JBL Speakers – Review

By Jake Zelinger | July 15, 2016
A $59.99 smart LED bulb is nothing unusual but what sets this SengLED Pulse Solo apart is the pair of built in JBL speakers. A single room smart LED bulb that plays music, in stereo, straight ...

LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right

By Art Feierman | June 24, 2016
LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 – the first one we’re reviewing, all use Wifi  to ...

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb Series

By Lisa Feierman | May 16, 2016
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart LED light bulb brand with four current models: the Color 1000, the Color 1000 BR30, the White 800 and the White 900 BR30. They are adjustable, dimmable, and most ...

BeON Home Smart Light Bulb and Home Protection System

By Lisa Feierman | May 1, 2016
The BeON Home is part-smart light bulb, part-home protection system! The idea is for your house when you’re home to be virtually indistinguishable from your house when you’re away on vacation. ...

Zipato RGBW Smart Light Bulb Review – Z-Wave Compatible

By Art Feierman | January 16, 2016
Zipato Smart RGB+W bulbs offer excellent color capabilities, and also very good cool or warm white! This smart bulb review starts with an overview, not just of the Zipato smart color bulbs, but ...

Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review

By Lisa Feierman | October 29, 2015
Page 1 of the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review: Hi all! I’m Lisa, daughter of Smarter Home Automation/Projector Reviews founder, Art. I received the Philips Hue personal ...

MagicLight Smart RGBW Bluetooth Light Bulb Review

By Art Feierman | August 21, 2015
The MagicLight Smart RGBW bulb proves to be a pleasant surprise.  Available from Amazon for slightly less than $30, the MagicLight light uses Bluetooth which makes it interesting, both in ...

Belkin WeMo Light Switch Review – A Smart and Simple Solution

By Art Feierman | March 11, 2014
Belkin’s WeMo Light Switch, smart by way of Wifi, is the first piece of home automation to be installed in our Dream Home “Smarter Home Automation” Project.  That means we ...

Smarter LED Lighting such as Philips’ Hue, Saves Money, Creates Scenes, Changes the Way We use Lighting!

By Art Feierman | January 20, 2014
LED lighting is great.  RGB LED lighting is even better, and making them Smart, allows one to completely rethink how one uses  lighting in both home (and commercial) environments.  Good ...
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