Smart home lighting systems in 2023 are not just about illuminating your home. But, smart bulbs now enable a lot more controls from changing the exact color to suit your mood. You can schedule when the lights come on and off according to a preset schedule to minimize power consumption. Not only can smart bulbs connect to a phone app, but they also link to any smart lighting system for your home. Integrating them to a dimmer switch, also configurable with the phone app, is another of the functions you can perform. 

The most exciting thing is that you can pick from several brands and models available at economical prices. If you aren’t quite sure about the best home lighting control systems, read through this post. We have all the information you need to make the right choice.

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance

Philips is undoubtedly the forerunner brand in the world, with the first smart home lighting systems released in 2012. The company started out with a three-bulb starter kit with a fully customizable hub. You could control the bulbs wirelessly thanks to the Hue Hub. Philips has come a long way since then and now offers you an exciting collection of indoor and outdoor lights. You can safely rely on the brand name and set up a smart lighting system for your home.

Pros
  • Reliable Philips brand name
  • Economical bulbs
  • Works efficiently with the Hub, but also integrates with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant via Bluetooth and Zigbee. Users can skip the Philips Hub entirely.
  • Offers not just indoor lights but also fully customizable outdoor flood lights.
  • Winner of the Best Smart Lighting at the T3 Awards 2021 
Cons
  • The Philips smart home lighting systems run on ZigBee technology with a maximum range of 70 meters. You can also expect the efficiency to be hampered if there are any obstacles in connecting to the signal source.
  • Further, since you need to have the Philips Hue bridge turned on at all times, that could raise the power consumption. Although the bulbs are economical, setting up the entire smart ligthing system for your home may not be cheap.

Design & Specifications

  • Compatible with home automation systems like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
  • Options of up to 16 million colors and 50,000 shades of natural white light
  • Dimmable and customizable according to the user’s mood
  • Responds to voice commands 
  • Connectivity is over Bluetooth and 2.4GHz WiFi bands
  • 10 watts which are equivalent to 75W
  • White temperature ranging from 2700K to 6500K

Wyze Bulbs and Smart Home Lighting Systems

Wyze bulbs are a product of Wyze Labs, a Seattle-based company, and are surprisingly economical. You can quickly set them up and use them without too many complicated configurations. Each bulb is compatible with the Wyze app that you can download to your mobile device for instantly linking.

Pros
  • Enables users to schedule when the lights come on and off
  • Accepts settings for the vacation mode so that you can switch them on and off at will
  • Likely to last you for at least 25,000 hours
  • More economical than most other brands
  • Integrates with Wyze’s home security camera and motion sensors so you can set up triggers
Cons
  • Does not permit you to change colors and dimness on schedule. But you can get around this issue by integrating the smart home lighting systems with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. 
  • Limited color options, unlike other brands that offer 16 million colors
  • Is not configurable with the Apple HomeKit

Design & Specifications

  • Offers a full spectrum of white-light color temperature settings. You can get colors ranging from warm, candle-like 2,700K hues to hotter, 6,000K lights that mimic daylight shades.
  • Enables voice commands with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT technology.
  • Provides a brightness of 880 and 921 to 1110 lumens depending on your preferred settings

Lifx Range of Smart Bulbs

Lifx light bulbs and strips can make a great addition to a smart lighting system for homes. You don’t need a hub to control these lights, but you can add them to existing networks via Wi-Fi. Integrating this bulb into your home is quickly done thanks to its compatibility with your smart home automation systems. Several other features make this brand a good buy.

Pros
  • Brightness ranges from a candle flicker to a party strobe allowing users to change scenes as the mood strikes.
  • Enables syncing up with music or any other sounds for the party effect
  • Offers a wide selection of light fixtures, including the Mini Color, which has up to 16 million colors
  • Integrates with a Bluetooth radio to play music on demand
Cons
  • More expensive than comparable branded light bulbs and fixtures for smart home lighting systems available in the market.
  • Does not work with the typical household dimmer switch but enables dimming when linked to the phone app.

Design & Specifications

  • Provides a brightness of 650-800 lumens
  • Durable with a lifetime of 200,000 hours
  • Compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit
  • Consumes power of between 9 to 11 Watts
  • Lifx phone app works well on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile devices
  • Enables you to set timers for turning lights on and off

Cree Connected Max

If you’re looking for a low-cost, no-frills light fixture, you can’t go wrong with the Cree Connected Max. These fixtures are compatible with most contemporary smart home lighting systems and don’t need a dedicated hub to work. Cree has a selection of smart bulbs with features similar to many of the top brands in the market. 

Pros
  • Responds to voice commands issued over Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Enables automation to change the light tone as the day progresses. You can set gentler tones for daytime use and gradually raise the brightness as evening approaches. For instance, cool daylight to warmer white in the evenings.
  • More economical as compared to other comparable brands
Cons
  • Typically has connectivity issues so setting up can be somewhat challenging.
  • Does not work with standard dimmer switches, but the feature is available on the phone app.
  • Connectivity can also be a problem when trying to control outdoor fixtures if there are obstacles to hamper the signals.

Design & Specifications

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage but under protected conditions
  • Connects to your home smart lighting system via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi over 2.4 GHz bands
  • Offers a white temperature ranging from 2700K to 6500K
  • A wattage of 9 watts
  • Displays millions of colors to match every mood and sets multiple scenes
  • Compatible with the Cree lighting app for complete control

meross Smart WiFi LED

The meross selection of light fixtures is another of our recommended brands for smart home lighting systems. meross offers you more than 30 different lighting models and sells in more than 20 nations worldwide. Aside from smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs, meross also offers dimmable bulbs, light strips, and ambient lights. Together, you can set up an interactive home lighting system connected to your home automation systems for complete control.

Pros
  • Compatible with voice commands through Apple HomeKit and Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and Google Home Assistant
  • Enables you to schedule when the lights are turned on and off; you can adjust the brightness by pre-scheduling.
  • Has a more extensive Wi-Fi range and functions more efficiently even at longer distances
  • Comes with a phone app compatible with Android phones, iOS systems, and tablets.
Cons
  • As with all other lighting systems, meross bulbs work only as power and Wi-Fi connectivity is available. In case of power or network outages, the phone app that manages the bulbs likely won’t work. 
  • Dimmable but only by changing settings on your phone app.

Design & Specifications

  • Wattage of 60W
  • Provides a brightness of 810 Lumens
  • Dimmable and adjustable through brightness ranges of warm to cool white or 2700K to 6500K
  • Enables a wide range of lighting colors set by voice commands

Conclusion

Setting up a smart lighting system for your home is no longer complicated or an expensive project. If you would prefer to go with a reliable brand, Philips is a great choice. But, if you’re looking for an advanced bulb, Wyze is ideal for the best home lighting control systems. Wyze light fixtures are more economical, provide better brightness, and offer you a wider selection of colors. You can also set light schedules and timers at automated times throughout the day. 

Our choice would, undoubtedly, be the Wyze range of smart home lighting systems. On the flip side, Wyze is not compatible with Apple HomeKit. And, if you already have the Apple home automation, you’d want to go with the Lifx collection of smart bulbs. Users concerned about price points and preferring economical, but great products should go with Cree bulbs.

Adrian Dance

You might call me a techie or a technology enthusiast. I’m one of those people whose largely self-taught in the worlds of computing, technology and engineering. I have a DIY approach to the use of smart home automation and think that with the right advice, anyone can improve their lives through greater use of technology.