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Our Favorite Alexa Lights Revealed – Top 3 Smart Lights For Your Home

Bring Your Home To Life

Have you ever felt instantly happy walking into a room? Chances are it’s down to the lighting. The importance of good lighting has been known for centuries. But the big trend right now is ‘smart lighting’. If you’re interested in lighting up your backyard, check out these solar lantern reviews!

What are we on about? Smart lighting can encompass a lot of things. Think clapping your hands to switch off the lights or asking Alexa or Echo to dim the room for a romantic date night. It’s made possible by the collaboration between Amazon or Google’s virtual assistants and your special smart lamps. All you need to do is hook up your lights to a smart device like your phone or tablet.

Our go-to brand for smart lighting is Phillips. The reason? Their traditional lights are second to none and they’ve nailed the new technology.

So without further ado, here are the 3 x best Alexa lights for brightening up your home:

1) Philips Hue Dimmable LED Smart Flood Light

Overview

First up is the Hue dimmable bulb. This light specializes in creating millions of color combinations to achieve the perfect ambience, every time.

What We Like

The colors are rich and will instantly transform your mood. You can control all your Hue lights from the comfort of your bedroom or even outside the house. All you need is a good wireless connection. Here’s the fun part! If you love listening to music, watching movies or gaming, you can actually sync your lights with your activity. Awesome, right? Installation is a breeze. Just insert the light as you would a traditional bulb. To make the most of the new features, you’ll need to download the Phillips Hue App. Also ensure that all your devices are paired correctly. Don’t worry, it’s all made easy and instructions are included.

What Needs Improving

While these bulbs may cost a little more than some others, it really is worth paying the difference for the higher quality and added features.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Love vibrant colors? The Hue is for You. Use soft lighting for a relaxing ambience or turn your home into a full-on disco. Philips provide outstanding support and Hue bulbs are energy star certified, so you’ll be saving on your bills.

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Features

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately). For the full Hue experience and to take advantage of voice activation purchase the Philips Hue Hub (Model: 458471). Search "Philips Hue Hub" or "B016H0QZ7I" to find this product on Amazon.
  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Choose from 16 million colors to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your smart home or control your lights with your Voice. Requiring the Philips Hue Hub (sold separately) for the full Hue experience. Designed to fit 5-6 inch recessed cans.
  • SMART VOICE CONTROL: Control your Philips Hue smart lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: To install, simply screw the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue Hub. Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App.
  • EXPAND YOUR SMART HOME: Easily expand your smart lighting system with alexa, google home, and apple homekit-compatible accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.

 


2) Hue Bloom Dimmable LED Smart Table Lamp

Overview

This is the humble table lamp re-invented for 2018. Wonderfully lightweight, the Hue Bloom dimmable smart lamp can be plugged in anywhere in your home.

What We Like

We love that the cover feels like beautiful, smooth porcelain. As with its brothers and sisters in the Hue range, it’s capable of producing millions of color variations. Use it to highlight the best features in your home. If you’re a movie buff or a gamer, you can sync your light with the rhythm of your entertainment. We were watching the game the other day and the light flared up every time my team scored. Result! The Hue Bloom can be controlled by voice through Alexa or through an app on your smartphone.

What Needs Improving

Something you should know: You really should get the Hue Bridge to make the most of this light. It’s sold separately, but worth it. Other brilliant accessories include the dimmer switch, Hue tap and the Hue Motion Sensor. But if you’re worried about splashing the cash, start with the Bridge.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This light is pure fun. It can bring your surroundings to life with the most spectacular colors and the extra accessories really make it.

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Features

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately). For the full Hue experience and to take advantage of voice activation purchase the Philips Hue Hub (Model: 458471). Search "Philips Hue Hub" or "B016H0QZ7I" to find this product on Amazon.
  • Enjoy your own personal light show at home, capable of millions of colors and shades of white light, able to sync to your favorite music, movies, and games for an enhanced experience.
  • Designed to create indirect ambient lighting, this light is a perfect way to highlight specific furniture or architectural features in your home. Simply place it near the object and plug it in.
  • Add a Hue Bridge (sold separately) to control with the Philips Hue App. Expand your lighting system with Hue accessories (sold separately) such as a Hue Dimmer switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.
  • Control your light with voice using Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Integrate your Hue lighting for convenient smart home control with Nest and Samsung SmartThings.

3) Lumimum Smart Light Bulb

Smart WiFi Light Bulb, LED RGB Color Changing, Compatible with Alexa and Google Home Assistant, No Hub Required, A19 E26 Multicolor LUMIMAN 2 Pack

Overview

The Lumimum smart lights are among the most revolutionary smart bulbs on the market. They are bright, color-changing bulbs controlled directly from your smartphone or by voice activation. No separate hub needed!

What We Like

In addition to Alexa, these smart bulbs are compatible with Google Assistant. The initial set up takes less than 5-minutes, all you need to do is screw in your bulb and download the PlusMinus app. The app is straightforward, designed for all abilities. These are dimmable bulbs, which allow you to control the ambiance of your room. You can have tons of fun with the features. To give you an example, you can create a sunrise hue for when you get up and sync the lights with your favorite music when you’re having a party.

What Needs Improving

Other than we loved them so much that we wish we’d ordered a crate of them, we can’t fault these.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Out of all of the smart lights we tested, this is well worth considering, especially at the price. We mainly use automatic light effects to fit our moods throughout the day. Moreover, it's already paying itself back through plummeting electricity bills.

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Features

  • 【BEST CHOICE】LUMIMAN smart bulbs is the best alternative of the strip lights, no harm to the wall. But do not use dimmer to control the bulb
  • 【Energy Saving】Low Wattage, High Brightness, Environmentally friendly
  • 【Sync to Music】Smart light bulb has 16 million colors, color changing with the music rhythm, a brilliant gift of Halloween and Christmas
  • 【Voice Control】Works with Alexa, Echo dot and Google Assistant for voice control, no hub required. (e.g. ‘Alexa, set the bedroom to purple’)
  • 【Remote Control】Group control multiple bulbs with PlusMinus APP whether you are home or away

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FAQ’s

1. How does Alexa work?

This voice recognition technology is quite mind-blowing, but not all of us know how it actually works. First it recognises and records the words that you speak. This is then transmitted via the internet to the Alexa Voice Services (AVS), which interpret commands from the voice recording. The AVS will then act on your request. For example, if you’ve asked Alexa to play your favorite music, it will search for it. Or if you asked Alexa to switch on the lights, it will program Alexa to do this. If you need more instructions on how to automate Alexa lights in your home, check out these very useful tips!

2. How to set up Alexa?

Good news: The Alexa setup is easy! You will receive step by step instructions that are simple and fast to implement. First you will need to connect your Alexa to a power supply. Then download the Alexa app on your smartphone. You will then be prompted to set up a new device. Follow the instructions and you’ll be ready in now time.

3. What is the difference between Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo?

The main difference between the Alexa and the Echo (or Dot) is looks, size and portability. Otherwise you will be getting broadly the same voice activation and smart features. For our favorites, read our review of the best Alexa Products.

4. How does the Alexa app work?

The Alexa app is integral to connecting your Alexa with your smartphone and your lights/household appliances. It’s quick to download and easy to use! This app will allow you to instruct Alexa to control your lights whether your at home or away. It’s convenience at its best.

5. Which Alexa light bulbs are the best?

There are lots of Alexa lights that you can buy. They all offer different effects for example lightbulbs that change color, sync to music or provide a unique ambience. Scroll up for our favorites including the Hue Bloom Dimmable Smart Lamp.


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