Smart light bulbs allow you to control your lamps from your phone when you are at home or away. Some of them can be programmed to turn on and off automatically to make it look like you are home, which improves security.

We think smart switches and dimmers are much better ways of handling smart lighting in your home. However, you may not be able to change switches if you are a renter or if you just want to test home automation before investing in more expensive equipment.

We’ve spent a lot of time reading about and testing various smart light bulbs and we think the popular Philips Hue bulbs offer a good value.

You can also check out the Sengled light bulbs for a less expensive, but highly functional smart LED bulb.