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Best Smart Light Bulbs: Wink vs WeMo vs Hue vs Insteon vs Flux

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If you’re anything like my husband and me, we bicker about who has to get up and turn the lights off when watching a movie or going to bed. “You were the last one to sit down, so you have to go turn off the lights,” is a common argument for why I shouldn’t have to get up. We were both thrilled when we moved into our new home and saw that the master bedroom had a remote control for the ceiling fan. Now we can both get into bed without stubbing our toes. However, we still need to solve the “movie night” dilemma, which is where these WiFi light bulbs come into play. These smart light bulbs can be controlled via smartphones, so you can turn the lights on/off or dim them. Read our WiFi light bulb reviews to see which company we think offers the best lighting options.

Know Before You Buy

There are a couple of things we’d like to point out before you read further and make a purchase.

  1. Pricing is listed according to starter kits, unless otherwise noted. The starter kits consist of one hub/bridge and two light bulbs.
  2. To learn more about hubs and why they are important in connecting all your home gadgets and lighting, please read our Best Smart Home Hub article.

After you understand what hubs are and why they matter, we then recommend you read about the best WiFi light bulb in our reviews below.

Philips Hue Review

Philips Hue#1

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To use Philips Hue lights you must purchase the Hue Bridge, which connects up to 50 different lights, or a WiFi light switch. There are three types of lights to choose from that come in different shapes, sizes and models. You can control your lights via the Philips Hue app on any smart device. The biggest downside with Philips Hue is that the bulbs only last 15,000 hours, which is better than traditional bulbs, but others in this article last longer. However, Philips Hue wireless light bulb is less expensive than competitors and there are models that change colors, which is why we’ve chosen it as our #1 pick.

Pros

Cons

  • Dimmable
  • Connect up to 50 lights to Hue Bridge
  • Create a lighting schedule
  • 80% less power than a traditional light bulb
  • Energy-efficient bulbs
  • Less waste: 1 Philips Hue bulb = 15 traditional light bulbs
  • Offers bulbs that change colors
  • Hue Bridge or smart light switch required
  • Does not work with traditional dimmers
  • Each bulb only lasts 15,000 hours (competitors have longer lifespans)

Pricing & Tech Specs

Insteon Review

Insteon Light Bulb#2

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Insteon offers a traditional A19 LED bulb and a larger PAR38 LED bulb for recessed lights. There are multiple ways to control your Insteon light bulbs. Insteon offers smart light switches, keypads and wireless mini remotes to turn your lights on/off, adjust brightness and set a schedule. You can also use your smartphone and the Insteon hub to control your lights and create “scenes.” Scenes are preset settings for times of the day or events. So, if you like certain lights to come on at low brightness in the morning, you can set that as your morning scene. Why isn’t Insteon our #1 pick? Philips Hue is less expensive and lets you change the color of the lighting. However, we still think Insteon is a great WiFi light bulb.

Pros

Cons

  • Dim from 1%-100%
  • Energy-efficient bulbs
  • Power-saving
  • Create scenes
  • Less waste: 1 Insteon LED bulb = 50 traditional light bulbs
  • Each LED bulb lasts up to 52,000 hours
  • Does not work with traditional dimmers (must use Insteon technology)
  • Insteon hub required

Pricing & Tech Specs

Insteon does not have a starter kit, so we have listed the hub and both bulb prices below. Pricing is from the time of writing.

  • Insteon Hub (required): price at time of writing $59.36
  • LED Bulb: price at time of writing $23.19
  • LED Bulb for Recessed Lights: price at time of writing $49.99

WeMo Review

WeMo Light#3

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WeMo offers four WiFi light bulbs, which can help you save on your electric bill. Through the WeMo app, you can dim your lights, turn them on/off and create a schedule. These LED bulbs emit less heat and consume 81% to 83% less energy than traditional light bulbs. The life expectancy for WeMo bulbs is 25,000 hours or 50,000 hours, depending on the bulb you choose.

Pros

Cons

  • Some bulbs have adjustable temperature ranges, so that you can change between warm and cool shades of white
  • Consume less energy
  • Each LED bulb lasts 25,000 or 50,000 hours
  • Create a lighting schedule
  • WeMo Link hub required
  • Does not work with traditional dimmers
  • Amazon says this has been discontinued, but it is still available on WeMo’s website

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
    • $99.99 MSRP
    • Includes 2 WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and 1 WeMo Link

Read our in-depth WeMo Review

Wink Review

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Wink is unique in that it doesn’t offer light bulbs. Instead, Wink offers a hub that works with many different brands of light bulbs. More specifically the Quick-Start Kit includes light bulbs from GE. Other brands that work with the Wink hub include Philips Hue, Osram and Cree. You can schedule your lights to turn on/off or dim them via the smartphone app. Why didn’t Wink make our top three list? Because they don’t offer a light bulb of their own, we felt it didn’t make sense to have them in the top three.

Pros

Cons

  • Dimmable
  • 80% less power than a traditional light bulb
  • Each LED bulb lasts approximately 25,000 hours
  • Create a lighting schedule
  • Wink hub required
  • Does not work with traditional dimmers

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Quick-Start Kit
    • Price at time of writing: $102.92
    • Includes 2 GE Link A19 bulbs and 1 Wink Hub

Flux Review

Flux LightbulbView on Amazon

Flux is our pick for best smart light bulb with no hub required. This bulb is smartphone controlled with 16 million color options. The bulb can be scheduled to turn on and off at certain times. For example, the “Sunrise” mode turns the bulb on gradually to help you wake up. You can create other custom mode and scenes to your preferences as well. You can also sync the bulb up to your music so the color changes automatically.

Pros

Cons

  • No hub required
  • Dimmable
  • Create a lighting schedule
  • Each LED bulb lasts approximately 20,000 hours
  • Does not work with traditional dimmer

Pricing

  • Price at time of writing: $34.00

LED vs CFL vs Incandescent Bulbs

This video is a little silly in some parts, but the message is a good one and will put things in perspective perfectly as to why you should have LED bulbs in your home.

Why You Need Smart Bulbs

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There are many reasons smart bulbs make life easier. Below are a few of them.

  1. Creates less waste in our landfills because you aren’t going through bulbs as quickly.
  2. No more getting out of bed to turn off the lights.
  3. Make your home look like someone is there even when you’re away.
  4. No more arguing about who has to get up to turn off the lights.
  5. More upfront cost but less expensive in the long run because you’re buying fewer bulbs. (The average light bulb costs ~$3 and has a lifespan of ~1,000 hours. That adds up to $150 of light bulbs opposed to an LED smart bulb which burns for 50,000 hours and costs ~$25.)
  6. Save on electric bill.

What are you waiting for? Which bulb have you used? Did you like it?

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Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.
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MrJay

It’s not listed on your review but I have HomeBrite and love them! They don’t change colors but don’t require any additional equipment, just plug and play and easy to control from my phone. And I LOVE that you can set the timer and dim them (couldn’t before with regular bulbs). It’s more of an investment but hey, they’ll last you awhile and then there’s that whole saving the planet factor too 🙂

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