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October 13, 2018

The best Philips Hue alternatives

by John_A

Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they’re definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative or just something other than what’s popular, then check out these other awesome options (like the LIFX A19 bulbs).

Top pick

LIFX

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LIFX’s relatively inexpensive bulbs provide 16 million colors and 1,000 shades of white, and they connect via Wi-Fi without the need for a hub. That and each bulb only uses 17 watts despite a lumen count of 1,017 (A19 model).

$59 at Amazon

Budget pick

Cree Connected

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The price of the Cree smart bulb belies its quality. Controllable with Alexa, you can get a 60-watt equivalent bulb in soft white or daylight, and it works with multiple other hubs. There’s none better for value, with the Cree Connected bulb sporting a 22-year lifespan (25,000 hours).

$15 at Amazon

Affordable color

Sylvania Smart RGBW bulb

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For under $30, you can get the Sylvania Smart bulb that offers 16 million colors, multiple lighting presets, and it’s controllable using a ZigBee hub along with your favorite smart assistant. You can also grab it in just white for only $11.

$29 at Amazon

No hub required

Eufy Lumos

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For hubless Wi-Fi control of your smart lights, Eufy’s Lumos bulbs are fantastic. They’re somewhat expensive, but you can snag a plain white bulb for $20. The multicolor bulbs are where the fun begins, though — just screw them in, connect to Wi-Fi with the app, and use Alexa or Google Assistant to control them.

$20-$45 at Best Buy

Light-up wall art

Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm

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If you want your smart lights to make more of a statement than a simple bulb does, check out the Aurora Rhythm from Nanoleaf. It comes in packs of 9 or 15 panels, which features millions of colors, as well as audio sensors, which change the lighting in time with your tunes. Orient the panels any way you like.

$220 at Amazon

Best value

Yeelight multicolor smart bulb

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Yeelight’s bulbs work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, and you don’t need a hub to control them. There are 16 million color options, they’re dimmable, and you have control of a color temperature range of 1700K to 6500K. Lots of bang for your buck.

$30 at Amazon

3-pack deal

TP-Link Kasa dimmable white

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For fabulous everyday bulbs at a great price, this TP-Link 3-pack is perfect for getting your smart home started. It works out to $18 per bulb, and you can control them with Alexa or Google Assistant with no hub required.

$54 at Amazon

Super adjustable

LOHAS multicolor smart bulb

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LOHAS’ bulbs have incredibly fine built-in adjustments when it comes to dimming. You can set each bulb exactly how you like it, and you don’t need a hub. Color temperature ranges from 2000K to 9000K and you have 16 million colors to choose, just like with any great multicolor smart bulb.

$17 at Amazon

While LIFX’s bulbs are certainly the best alternative to Philips Hue, the less expensive Eufy Lumos will more than do the trick for beautiful, colorful smart lightning.

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