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Smart Home Made Simple: A Look at the Best Smart Light Bulbs For Beginners

Lighting - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 7/31/2020

Living room with smart lighting used in recessed and hanging fixtures

Smart home technology is on the rise, with over 54% of U.S. homes owning at least one smart device according to a recent study opens in new window. You’ve probably heard of smart home at some point, but you may be unclear on what it is or how it works within your home. To put it simply, smart home enables you to perform a variety of tasks such as controlling lights and outlets through an app on your cell phone or tablet. There are many different smart home applications, however, today we’ll be focusing on smart lighting and how this technology can help make your home more energy-efficient, convenient and secure.

It’s Easy to Start Simple

For many people, the term smart home conjures up images of complex systems wired into every aspect of their home, but the truth is your use of smart home can be as simple or advanced as you want it to be. Some products require the use of a hub like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant as a way of connecting different smart home devices in one place where they can be used more efficiently.

Hubs are great when you have a large number of smart home devices, but when you’re starting out, we recommend trying items that don’t require one. Our advice? Begin with a few smart light bulbs. If you find that you like them, it’s easy to add additional components any time you want. If you do get to the point where a hub is needed, we sell a variety of smart home devices that are compatible with top brands like Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit, Google Assistant, Nest and Windows Cortana.

What are the Best Smart Home Devices For Beginners?

The best devices we can recommend are items that work with or without a hub, because they allow any customer to purchase them and try them out in their home. Our most popular item is a color changing strip light from Geeni. It’s perfect for people looking to try out smart lighting for the first time, allowing you to add accent lighting to door frames, cabinets, patios and more. It also lets you choose from thousands of different colors, allowing you to create a variety of different moods. Best of all, it’s easy to use, letting you turn lights on and off and select colors through the use of a simple app.

We also offer a variety of smart light bulbs from Feit. These smart bulbs provide you with the convenience of turning lights on and off remotely and let you transition from energizing daylight to relaxing soft white light, or select a variety of different colors with a simple voice command or the touch of a button. Feit smart bulbs connect directly to your home Wi-Fi and are controlled through the Feit app, Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

Is Smart Home Worth It?

There are many advantages to using smart lighting products in your home. A smart home light switch can be connected to motion sensors that cause the lights to dim when people leave the room. This is a great way to save energy and can lead to significant savings on your electric bill. You can also use smart outlet plugs to perform simple actions like turning off a child’s night light remotely after they have fallen asleep.

Additionally, smart light bulbs provide the convenience of turning lights on and off remotely via voice control or through a device. This can be used in a security capacity to make it look like someone is home when you are at work or away on vacation, or to make your home more inviting by having lights waiting for you when you return.

Smart bulbs can also be adjusted to a number of different colors and are dimmable, allowing you to create different moods within your home. The app used by Geeni products even enables you to schedule your lights to turn on or off at certain times, or to have them triggered by specific conditions like changes in weather.

Batteries Plus Bulbs has an innovative assortment of smart lighting products perfect for a variety of different users. Whether you’re trying out smart home for the first time, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to add on to your existing system, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.