What are the best smart LED bulbs of 2017? What is the best intelligent lighting kit for quality? Right now it seems that all the pots and devices we buy are calling them “smart”, and the bulbs have not been released. Right now we can buy a few options of smart wireless bulbs for our home that may surprise us by its new features.
If before it was very easy to buy an incandescent light bulb, now with the appearance of LED bulbs and especially with smart wireless LED bulbs things are starting to complicate. But first let’s look at the basics of an LED bulb.
LED Light Bulbs
The LED technology (Light Emitting Diode) arose from the need to get light bulbs that spent less energy and last longer, and the truth is that they did. LEDs have a longer lifespan and high energy efficiency, but the initial cost is higher than that of fluorescent lamps.
For example, Consumption of electric energy of a light bulb with luminous flux -lumen- of 450:
Incandescent bulb: 40 watts
CFL Bulb: 9-13 Watt
LED: 4-9 watts
What about the useful life?
The difference is also substantial. Manufacturers usually consider that an LED bulb will be on for about 3 hours a day, giving it a life of about 10 years versus 1 year for an incandescent light bulb. Philips LEDs usually have a half-life of 9-13 years. LED bulbs will continue to light even though their useful life has expired; However, the brightness may decay and the color of the light may change.
The color temperature
LED manufacturers offer different color temperatures for their bulbs measured in Kelvin:
2700K: These bulbs have a warm soft glow that is good for bedrooms as well as for table and floor lamps.
3000K: have a more neutral brightness, neither hot nor cold.
5000K and higher: it is the one that comes closest to the natural light of the sun and approaches the blue part of the spectrum.
The best intelligent wireless LED bulbs
These types of light bulbs are not cheap, so you have to keep an eye out and choose the best options. They are called “smart” because they can be controlled from your smartphone, and sometimes have other features, such as the ability to work with other devices in the home. They are more expensive than traditional LED bulbs and require connecting to your home’s WIFI.
The most basic intelligent LED bulbs are able to change the temperature of their color and connect to other devices. If you want to completely change the color of your light, you will have to pay a little more.
Philips’ smart LEDs combine an attractive and reasonably priced package that has attracted many consumers. In turn, its success has stimulated the growth of its market and many alternatives have arisen. These are the best smart light bulbs on the market.
Belkin smart bulbs are one of the simplest and yet one of the most attractive. The Belkin WeMo offer the basic options of programmed lighting and remote control. Disregard some of the options that if you have the competition like the color change, but offer a much lower price in return.
Belkin WeMo is a great choice for those who are not going to use all the alternatives options like Philips Hue and prefer something simple and more economical. The starter pack with the hub and two bulbs costs € 69.99 on Amazon.
Sengled Satellite With A Bulb & Speaker
Sengled Satellite, as intelligent bulb per se, is not particularly noticeable. It allows to control the light levels from the smartphone, but beyond that is a current bulb. Its particularity and star feature is that it has an integrated speaker, so you can have the bulb and a speaker in the same place.
The Sengled Satellite does not need a hub to operate and you can buy one on Amazon from € 50.
We used to say that Philips Hue now has a lot of competition. But with everything, Philips light bulbs continue to reign unchallenged in the market. They offer the best experience, with many customization options, different types of lighting depending on the activity you are going to do, connection with IFTTT and more.
Of course, for the best experience you must also pay the highest price. The Philips Hue home pack with three bulbs and the hub can be purchased from Amazon for € 185.
These smart bulbs that came to market thanks to Kickstarter are more than interesting. They offer most Philips Hue options, although they do not have the lighting modes that distinguish Philips bulbs.
Its great advantage is that they are much cheaper and do not need hub. A LuMini bulb can be purchased for 30 €.
Sengled Pulse LED Light with JBL Bluetooth speaker
And the top of all the smart LED bulbs. This model has built-in JBL Bluetooth speakers for playing music from your smartphone, PC or tablet. It is a speaker with high quality JBL sound (2 x 3-watt multichannel stereo speaker) and warm white LED lamp with 6 watts (equivalent to a 45-watt incandescent bulb, standard E27 sockets). The sound of several bulbs can be linked to create the stereo effect.
The TRÅDFRI kit includes a walkway, a remote control and two E27 led bulbs (large cap) of white spectrum. The connecting device and the TRÅDFRI application allow you to create different groups of lighting sources and control them in different ways. It is the cheapest intelligent lighting kit on the market: its price is 79 euros. The individual bulb costs less than 10 euros (a bargain). They are very easy to use, the app is very good and can be used without WIFI. The only drawback is that there are no colored bulbs.
The Swedish company has announced that the voice controls for this model will be available this summer, fall 2017: these bulbs will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google’s assistant and Apple’s Siri.