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Last updated: 25 March 2019

Want to automate your home with smart lighting? Our test covers popular smart lights such as Philips Hue and LIFX. 

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Our expert testers assess each smart light to find which models:

  • are easy to use
  • have the best app
  • perform the best
  • cost the least in ongoing electricity usage

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which wireless technology each model supports or which application you need to use. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    Price paid as at March 2019.

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    Bulb colour

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    White: Non-adjustable tone. Warm white or cool white out of the box.

    Adjustable white: Light temperature can be adjusted to warm or cool white, as well as colour tones in-between.

    Adjustable colour: As well as the cool/warm white spectrum, bulb could be set to multiple colours such as red, blue, green - often up to 16 million tones. 

      Yearly power consumption cost

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      Assumes five hours of use per day and 19 hours in standby for the bulb only (disregarding infrastructure costs such as the router) at a cost of 30 cents per kilowatt hour; based on the out-of-box colour temperature (warm) of the bulb and maximum brightness; power consumption will vary depending on the colour temperature and brightness settings that are used. The Philips HUE bridge costs an additional $4.60 per year; the Sengled bridge costs and additional $3.47 per year.

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