This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
|Innr Lighting PL 155||Dimensions 15 mm height, diameter 7 cm, input voltage 230 V, operating current 1 A, LED bulbs, power 3 W, color temperature 2700 K, luminous flux 165 lm.||£££|
|Philips Hue||Dimensions 7.5 x 24 x 21 cm, weight 640 grams, 2 bulbs, brightness 806 lumens, color temperature 4000 k, LED bulbs, power 10 watts.||££|
|Lifx B22 Smart Bulb||Dimensions 6.3 x 6.3 x 11.7 cm, weight 220 grams, voltage 240 v, power 22 watts, RGB LED, color white, luminous flux 1100 lumens, dimmable, no hub needed.||£|
|IKEA TRADFRI GU10||Dimensions 12 x 8.4 x 7.6 cm, weight 110 grams, power 5 watts, brightness 400 lumens, color temperature 2700 kelvin, type LED.||££|
|Hive E27 Active Color Light||Dimensions 12 x 6 x 6 cm, weight 113 grams, color white, shape glove, material plastic, multicolor, smart features, dimmable.||£|
|Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm||Dimensions 20 x 25 x 75 cm, weight 2 Kg, power 30 watts, voltage 240 V, brightness 900 lumens, style touch, type LED.||£££|
|Sengled Element Classic E27||Dimensions 6.15 x 6.15 x 11.5 cm, weight 70 grams, number of items 3, 2 bulbs, 1 hub, voltage 230 volts, brightness 806 lumens, power 8.5 watts, type LED, color temperature 2700 Kelvin.||££|
|Yeelight Smart LED Bulb||Base type E27, brightness 800 Lumens, cap type E27, color temperature 6500 Kelvin, power 8.5 watts, light type LED, multicolor, companion app.||£|
|Lifx Beam||Dimensions 30 x 7 x 6 cm, weight 784 grams, number of items 1, style beam kit, color white, material plastic, multicolor, no hub required, works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.||£££|
Best Smart Lighting UK
Lights have been around for a while now, even before electricity there were lamps. But we’ve been using the same simple bulbs and lights for as long as we remember, this the perfect time to try out the best smart lighting in the UK and transform your boring bulbs into something a bit more exciting. Even if your bulbs don’t have some fancy features, simply telling your virtual assistant to turn off the lights while you are cozy inside your blanket is a transformative experience.
There are several different best smart lighting systems in the UK. Some only need just a singular bulb to work while others work via a smart hub. It all depends on what features you want in your smart home. Some of the lights have a dedicated app that you can use to control them, some can be tuned with the internet, and some even have a whole network around your house. The amount of flexibility these smart lighting systems provide is breathtaking.
We included some of the best smart lighting in the UK on the list which has whole networks or a simple bulb that you can easily install anywhere. Depending on your personal needs, you can do anything with these bulbs and expand accordingly by using multiple of them on the same Wi-Fi network. We also recommend that you invest in one of the smart speakers that have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Some bulbs also work with Apple’s Siri so you’ll be covered on all fronts.
Innr is the new kid in town and is already making a lot of waves when it comes to their smart lighting solutions. The Innr Lighting PL 155 is one of their offerings and it seems like it has a bright future, pun intended. The ceiling spotlights come in a stylish and modern design that can be at home in almost every home. The silver finish with white LED has a sophisticated look to it.
The Innr Lighting PL 155 can be easily mounted and can illuminate cabinets or worktops. The light can also be used in the kitchen and provides good quality lighting. The light is strong enough to do work under as well. However, we don’t recommend reading for long periods of time as the temperature tends to be a bit towards blue. The lights are wired and get power through a central hub. Overall, the smart features are not that pronounced, so these are the perfect stepping stone from traditional to digital age lights. Also, you might be interested in other smart systems such as the best smart locks for the greater safety of your home.
- Sleek and stylish design
- Remote turning on features
- Easy to install and manage
The Phillips Hue has been number one when it comes to smart lighting in the UK for a while, and for good reason as well. The design, the smart features, the pricing, everything is top tier, and we wholeheartedly recommend the Phillips Hue ecosystem to anyone that wants to drastically change how lights work in their home. We are listing the Philips Hue white starter kit that comes with 2 smart bulbs and a bridge. This way you can get a taste of how the system works without having to spend a lot.
With Phillips Hue in your home, you can set schedules on when the lights turn on and off. You can have routines and timers as well so even when you are not at home, your home stays illuminated. Everything you’d need is right inside the kit as well so you won’t need anything extra. The bulbs also feature a smooth dimming feature that allows you to fine-tune how much light you need. For more useful home appliances check out our guide on the best home safes.
- Superb smart features
- Easy to install anywhere
- Works with all smart assistants
Maybe you just need a simple and single bulb for all your smart lighting needs, then you should definitely check out the Lifx B22 Smart Bulb. It is a simple bulb that can plug in anywhere and doesn’t even need a hub to work perfectly. It can connect with your Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and even Apple HomeKit.
The Lifx B22 Smart Bulb is also RGB so you can select the color you want anytime. The companion app makes it easy to change colors or even create custom themes if you have multiple bulbs installed. We also love how easily the colors can be switched back to white to make it look like a regular bulb. Overall, the Lifx B22 Smart Bulb is a cost-effective solution to your smart lighting needs and works well with smart assistants.
- Doesn’t need any hub to work
- The app is intuitive and fast
- Works great with voice assistants
IKEA makes some of the simplest and minimalistic products, and the IKEA TRADFRI GU10 is no different. It is designed to be used first and looks second as it should be in most cases. It is a simple bulb that has some smart features that can come in handy. The bulb gets reasonably bright as well going up to 400 lumens. The color temperature is around 2700K as well.
The IKEA TRADFRI GU10 doesn’t take a lot of power to run as well so you can keep it on for longer periods of time. The smart lighting features allow you to dim the light without any wired installations. It can be used with a wireless dimmer or remote control. The LED uses around 85% less energy and has 20 times longer running time. Also, don’t forget to check out our reviews on the other great home items like the best wireless doorbells.
- Simple and easy to install
- Consumes less power
- Works with dimmer or motion sensor
Hive has a whole ecosystem of smart lighting, but we decided to get the basic smart bulb on the list just so you can check it out before expansion. The thing is, expanding the whole smart light network becomes simple and easy once you know how to work the bulb too. Best case scenario you just needed a single bulb, worst case, you’ll have to order more of them the next day.
The Hive E27 Active Color Light has 16 million colors to choose from and all of them look lovely. We highly recommend the magenta and lime colors, they have a certain spark. You can schedule the light to turn on whenever you like, for example, you can set it to turn on automatically in the evening. The bulb has a life of 25000 hours as well. As it is a simple screw-in bulb, you can even replace the bulb in the best desk lamps (if applicable) and have a neat colored lamp.
- Beautiful looking colors
- Super simple to install anywhere
- Can pair with the Hive Hub
The Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm is a bit expensive but it looks stunning. The starter kit comes with 9 LED panels that can sync to music or change colors however you want. The panels have 16.7 million colors and it looks pretty when lit up. If you are into music or just need a cool looking light in your place, this is one of the best options out there.
The kit includes 9 LED panels that can be arranged in any shape you want, double-sided tapes to get them fixed on your walls, and a rhythm module. There is also a Wi-Fi controller as well as a power supply. It is truly an experience you should see with your own eyes. The only drawback is that it can only be used indoors so if you are thinking of replacing your great outdoor security lights with this, it’s not recommended.
- Can double as an art piece
- Changing colors according to your mood
- Works great with virtual assistants
If you are looking for a simple pair of smart bulbs you can install anywhere, then the Sengled Element Classic E27 is one of the best options. It is cost-effective, can be expanded later on, and comes with a dedicated HUB. You don’t want to strain your internet Wi-Fi network with the chatter from the bulbs, even though it is minimal at best. The HUB once connected won’t need the internet to operate the bulbs either.
The Sengled Element Classic E27 is also voice controlled when combined with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. You can schedule the smart lights to turn on at a certain time. The lights can also simulate sunset which is a great feature to fall asleep to.
- Simple screw-in bulbs
- The HUB supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- Companion app gives full remote control
Xiaomi has some awesome companies under its umbrella and Yeelight is one of them. The Yeelight Smart LED Bulb brings you 1600 million colors to your room thanks to the great quality LED beads. You are completely free to change the colors of the light and even the brightness with ease. The Yeelight Smart LED Bulb also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi module so the bulb can directly connect to your network without the need for a hub. The companion app works on Android as well as iOS perfectly.
- Beautiful and vibrant colors
- The bulb is made with quality materials
- Full control over colors and brightness
The Lifx Beam is a beautiful smart light that can be arranged any way you want. It comes with 6 beams and one corner so you can place it easily in any corner of your room. You can even place it behind your work desk for a much-needed color splash on the walls. There are 10 custom zones in each beam as well so you can easily adjust what colors to display.
There is a combined 1200 lumens of brightness emitted from the beams as well. The app is well designed and gives you a great degree of control over the beam. If you are looking to make your gaming setup look more attractive, this is one of the best products out there. A lot of streamers also use the Lifx Beam to add flavor and their signature colors to their face camera footage. You will also be able to use two of these in each corner of the room to have an even better impact.
- A different kind of light
- The brightness is really great
- Works well with virtual assistants
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