How to Choose the Right Smart Bulb?

Smart bulbs are not quite necessary, but they are getting close to market maturity. Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and more accessible to control than ever. However, choosing the right one remains a challenge. Do yourself a favor and read this first.

Smart bulb sizes and fittings

Smart lights come in all shapes and sizes. As these are not interchangeable,  it is essential to look at the existing bulb to confirm the lamp base. The code of the lamp base consists of letters and numbers. The first letter of the code tells you the base or cap type of the bulb - for example, Bayonet Cap or Edison Screw Base. The numbers (in millimeters) tell you the diameter of the base. B22 bayonet bulbs and E27 Edison screw bulbs are the most common.

Smart bulb colors

When it comes to smart bulb colors, there are generally three options.

  1. White: Like a standard bulb, some smart bulbs have one color, either cool white or warm white.
  2. Adjustable white: You can control the degree of warmth of your bulb, for example, to match natural light patterns from dawn to dusk.
  3. Multicolor: Some smart bulbs can produce a range of over 16 million colors.

Smart bulb features

Compared with traditional bulbs, smart bulbs and the app working together can fulfill many practical features. Which are your preferred ones?

  • Dimmable - Manage the lighting to create the perfect atmosphere in your home at any time. Preset your favorite lighting for future events.
  • Schedule & Timer - Create regular schedules to turn on and off the bulbs and easily manage your life. Sunrise and sunset modes allow the bulbs to activate automatically based on your time zone.
  • Voice Control - Work with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to free up your hands. Manage the bulbs with voice commands. Just say “Alexa, turn on the light” or “Hey Google, dim my bedroom lights.”
  • Remote Control - Manage your smart bulbs through the app from anywhere in the world as long as you have a data or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Away Mode - Intelligently simulates someone being home by turning the light on and off. It makes it appear that someone is home when you’re on long trips to deter security threats.

After reading this, are you clear about what kind of bulbs you are looking for? Choose the right one here.