After several hours of research and careful analysis of some twenty currently popular models, we have determined which are the best 4 connected bulbs available on the market. We have a preference for the Yeelight , which already offers many features for its affordable price. Among other things, it offers a variation of 16 million colors for personalized atmospheres, in addition to very practical adjustments via various intelligent assistants.
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How did we choose?
Connected bulbs have flooded the market in recent years, riding the wave of smart home equipment. It is now possible to control the lighting of your home remotely, without moving (or almost) the little finger.
Faced with this immensity of choice, it is often very difficult to find your way around and to opt for the connected bulb adapted to your needs and your budget.
This is why it is useful to learn about the various existing features and characteristics before getting started:
- Light intensity : the connected bulbs are low-consumption LED bulbs. Most therefore consume around 10 Watts at full power. The luminous fluxes proposed often approach 800 lumens, which is not very much. Finally, brands rarely present information concerning the angles of diffusion of their bulbs, which is a shame.
- The temperature : the lighting will also vary depending on the temperature of the white light, which you can adjust on most models. For example, a temperature of 2500K will guarantee you a cozy and intimate atmosphere while from 5000K, the brightness will be closer to that of the day.
- Colors : functionality formerly reserved for higher-end models, it is found today on more and more products, in a much wider price range. Colors are ideal for creating special atmospheres in your rooms, and are often available in very many tones. Most bulbs also allow white light to be adjusted so that it emits warm or cool tones.
- The base : it is of course necessary to adapt the bulb to your lamp. Note that the most common caps are those with screws, E14 and E27. Bayonet caps are older systems, recognizable by their letter B. Finally, the G and GU caps offer pin systems.
- Connection : if the connection via Bluetooth is the easiest to set up, it is also the most limited since you must be close to the object you want to control. On the contrary, if Wi-Fi is generally more expensive and more complex during installation, it is the only one that allows you to control your lighting outside your home. Some bulbs also require the installation of a bridge connecting them to a smartphone or tablet. In the case of Philips, for example, this makes it possible to manage around fifty lamps via a simple system.
- Applications and compatibility with platforms : the bulbs can be managed via the applications developed by the brands. For even more ease of use, it can be interesting to find out about the compatibility of bulbs with various virtual assistants. Many of them are, for example, voice-controlled via Alexa from Amazon, the Google Assistant or Apple’s HomeKit. The IFTTT application also makes it possible to optimize “conversations” between all of your connected objects, and to determine personalized commands that meet your specific needs.
After preselecting around twenty currently popular models, we therefore carefully analyzed the articles selected according to these characteristics, and then relied on user feedback as to their effectiveness.
It is following this precise research that we are able to present our selection of the 4 best connected bulbs of the moment.
The best cheap connected bulbs
Although they generally have less power and few functions, there are more and more efficient connected bulbs offered at an affordable price.
We have also managed to include a model that stands out for its many adjustment possibilities, its ease of use and above all its color mode.
Yeelight : the best cheap
If it already requires a certain investment, this bulb has many interesting features while offering an attractive price for this kind of product.
In fact, unlike most of the models in this budget range, it offers a varied choice of colors (16 million tones) rather than a simple white light, which is a real plus for creating special atmospheres in your rooms.
In addition, you can opt for warm or cool tones, and adapt the intensity of the brightness to your desires and activities. The temperature varies from 1700 to 6500K, which allows a creation of atmosphere either subdued, or more natural and bright.
It is also equipped with various modes and settings, such as voice control, synchronization with the music listened to, or even dimming for waking and falling asleep smoothly. You can also adjust the bulbs individually or in groups.
It is compatible with intelligent systems from Google, Apple or SmartThings, and is easy to configure since it does not require a bridge to operate. On the other hand, it must be admitted that the application is perfectible, and sometimes encounters some problems.
Its intensity of 800 lumens is characteristic of entry-level products, and users emphasize the quality of light and colors offered by the bulb. It is fitted with an E27 base.
Finally, it is a model offering a very interesting quality / price ratio, since it offers various practical and effective features for a very attractive price. It is a wise choice if you want to try the experience of connected bulbs.
The best mid-range connected bulbs
For a higher price, the features offered are generally more complete, as is the choice of colors and intensities.
We have selected a first model offering an interesting light power going hand in hand with a wide palette of colors and modes, while the second is mainly distinguished by its circadian cycle function, which many appreciate.
LIFX : the best mid-range
Initially offered at a much higher price, the LIFX has everything of a high-end connected bulb.
The first point that sets it apart is undoubtedly its intensity of 1100 lumens, which makes it the most powerful model of our selection. It therefore guarantees excellent lighting, which users appreciate (it is, after all, the main function of a bulb!). The brand specifies that it offers a luminous surface at an angle of 135 °.
It obviously offers white light, which is available in no less than a thousand different tones (ranging from the warmest to the coldest), as well as a colored function offering 16,000 shades. The temperature varies from 2500K to 9000K, which can therefore perfectly imitate natural daylight.
Users also emphasize the quality of the tone nuances, as well as the depth of the colors. If you are specifically looking for a bulb with a nice color palette, this is an ideal option.
The basic functionalities are obviously always present: remote control, intensity adjustment, different programs, modes and schedules … Everything has been designed to allow you to manage and personalize the bulb with ease.
It works over Wi-Fi, and is very intuitively manageable via an application, while being compatible with many voice devices and intelligent interfaces: Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings and much more.
It does not require a bridge, but its installation may seem a bit restrictive. Fortunately, its use afterwards is very simple! Some consumers report, however, that the application sometimes lacks responsiveness, and that pairing can be difficult depending on the devices used.
Finally, it is again a standard E27 base, and the bulb consumes only between 0.5 and 11 Watts depending on its use, which is quite reasonable.
In the end, here is a practical model to use and versatile thanks to its compatibility with various virtual assistants. The bulb will please you particularly if you are fond of rich lights and deep colors, able to create an interior to your taste!
TP-LINK LB130 : the mid-range alternative
If the majority of its characteristics remain basic, this bulb stands out above all from its competitors by its circadian mode.
The circadian rhythm consists in adjusting the light intensity and its temperature in order to best imitate natural light. Thus, among other things, you can prepare your body to fall asleep and wake up gently by adjusting the lighting according to the external brightness.
On the other hand, users do not find its general luminous capacity exceptional. Unlike the previous model, it only has an intensity of 800 lumens (which is still reasonable). It has a standard E27 base.
The bulb is adjustable on a white light or on a color mode, whose intensity is adjustable from 2500K to 9000K, allowing to effectively reproduce daylight. You can set it to various mood modes, from dinner with friends to reading breaks and more festive tones.
All the basic functions usually found in connected bulbs are also present: you can therefore define programs, adjust the intensity or even follow your consumption with ease. The various bulbs in the house are also individually adjustable, which is very practical.
Connected directly to Wi-Fi without going through a bridge, it is easily controlled remotely thanks to the Kasa application. In addition, it is compatible with Android, Google Home and Alexa systems.
Too bad, suddenly, users seem to notice connection problems after a few months of use, causing quite restrictive configuration losses.
In the end, this model has all the characteristics necessary for a customizable and easily manageable light, while offering a circadian mode that appeals to many consumers. Its general quality is however a little lower than that of our first choice.
The best high-end connected bulbs
For larger budgets or more experienced users, only one model caught our attention.
The investment is substantial, but its functionality and quality will undoubtedly appeal to the most connected of you.
Philips White & Color Ambiance : the best high-end
The reputation of the Dutch brand in the world of lighting and fixtures is well established: it is therefore not surprising to find one of its products in this section of our comparison.
We opted for its most popular bulb for users, which not only offers white light in warm or cool tones, but also a wide range of more than 16 million very rich colors.
The quality of the light is here to emphasize, although its intensity is only 800 lumens, as for most connected bulbs in all price ranges. Considering the investment, we would have appreciated a little more power. However, it only consumes a maximum of 8.5 Watts.
The bulb is compatible with many applications and smart systems, such as Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant.
It offers many features, such as voice control, wake-up light, a timer function, music synchronization or even a smoke detector mode. It is highly customizable, and will undoubtedly adapt to your needs and your interior.
Unlike previous models, Philips bulbs work via a gateway or Hub, which makes their installation a little complicated. But once everything is in place, the use is very simple. This gateway makes it possible, among other things, to create a connected network of several tens of lamps.
Philips also offers a starter kit including three bulbs, the bridge, as well as a Smart Button remote control.
It is therefore a colorful model, which charms by its quality and its many features. If its price seems prohibitive and its many superfluous options, you can always go to the simplest Philips HUE White or its Ambiance version , which offer white light, are more basic and above all accessible.
NB: the wide range of connected luminaires offered by Philips even includes a connected lamp !
Ikea TRÅDFRI : the Swedish giant is not outdone in terms of technology: here it offers a practical starter kit consisting of an E27 bulb with a power of 1000 lumens and a remote control. So you can turn on, off and change the intensity and color of the light with ease. You can also manage your bulbs individually or in groups. To do this, you will need the appropriate gateway as well as the Ikea Home Smart application.
Awox Smartlight : this bulb with a standard power of 800 lumens works this time via Bluetooth. Its installation and connection are therefore very simple via the SmartControl application, and do not require a gateway. You can opt for a white or colored light, knowing that the colors lack a little intensity to the taste of some. The bulb has various settings such as music synchronization, alarm clock or light notification in case of call or sms.
In conclusion, which connected bulb to choose?
In the end, we have a preference for the Yeelight , which has convinced us with its various features, including its colored light mode. Easy to use, it is compatible with many virtual assistants, and benefits from a good brightness. All for a small price.
The LIFX seduces by its light intensity as well as the quality of its colors. Simple to install and configure, it offers many practical features. However, its price is still less affordable.
The Philips White & Color Ambiance stands out for its quality and reliability, and offers a very pleasant brightness. You can configure it via the application so that it best manages a multitude of actions, from musical synchronization to the brightness of “gaming”, via the smoke detector option. Its price is however really high.