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The number of smart lighting products on the market continues to grow with each passing year. Of these, many offer multi-colored solutions for the home, allowing users to create stunning displays, improve their health How Smart Lighting Affects Your Health (According to Science) How Smart Lighting Affects Your Health (According to Science) Several scientific studies have indicated many influences of lighting on our mental and physical health. Thankfully, smart lighting can help you achieve all of these benefits in just a few simple steps. Read More , and have fun with their lighting!

In this article, you’ll learn more about the best multi-color smart lighting products available in 2017.

1. Philips Hue

Considered one of the pioneers of smart lighting Philips Hue Alternatives That Are Actually Worth It Philips Hue Alternatives That Are Actually Worth It The Philips Hue system is leading the charge when it comes to smart lighting, but there are some worthy alternatives. We've picked three that all offer the same basic feature set and hackability. Read More , Philips Hue offers a selection of smart LED bulbs that are controllable through iOS devices and Apple Watch Apple Watch Gadgets to Control Your Smart Home Apple Watch Gadgets to Control Your Smart Home While primarily used for fitness, the Apple Watch can also extend control of your smart home devices beyond smartphones. In this article, we’ll look at the best Apple Watch-supported smart home apps. Read More . The company sells three types of smart lighting products that come in different shapes, sizes, and models.

The most popular of these, the bulbs marked “white and color ambiance,” provide the complete experience, offering nearly unlimited colors and the ability to sync with your music, TV, and games.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs are available in various sizes, including A19, G10, and PAR16. You can control the lights using the official Hue app.

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Compatibility and Features — Works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, iOS, and Android.

Start With — The $200 Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit comes with three light bulbs and a required bridge. Additional bulbs start at $50 each.

2. LIFX and LIFX +

Bulbs from LIFX are among the brightest available, providing 1,100 lumens each. That’s the same as a 75-watt incandescent bulb, although LIFX only uses 11 watts.

LIFX Generation 3 bulbs promise 16 million colors and 1,000 shades of warm to cool whites. The new LIFX + bulbs add infrared for nighttime use. Both models come in A19 and BR30 sizes, with the BR30 suitable for use outdoors.

LIFX bulbs don’t require a bridge to operate. To get started, just screw the bulbs into your existing hardware and follow the setup instructions in the official LIFX app.

Compatibility and Features — Works with Amazon Alexa, iOS, Android, and Windows.

Start With — Buy a two-bulb LIFX starter pack for $100.

3. PlayBulb

The PLAYBULB color by MIPOW Playbulb Smart Speaker and Lighting Review Playbulb Smart Speaker and Lighting Review Playbulb from MIPOW are a range of connected lighting products with simple Bluetooth controls. With the Playbulb Color bulb, you can even play music. We've got a complete set to give away! Read More fits into most light fixtures with a standard E26/E27 screw socket. It can then connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth. Through the iOS or Android-based PLAYBULB X App, you can choose from millions of colors and shades of white light or use special effects.

Unlike other bulbs on our list, the PlayBulb color also features a built-in speaker for listening to music from your smartphone.

Compatibility and Features — Works with iOS and Android.

Start WithPLAYBULB color bulbs are available for $80 each. The $40 PLAYBULB rainbow includes all of the features found on the PLAYBULB color bulbs except for the speaker.

4. Flux Lighting

Flux is a no-nonsense Bluetooth-enabled, multicolored, LED light that’s controllable with a smartphone or tablet. You can purchase a Flux bulb for $38 each or three for $105.

This second generation bulb features smart controls via the Flux app for iOS and Android. You can also use the light with Amazon Echo and Alexa 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa You’ve seen the ads starring Alec Baldwin, but you're still not sure what Amazon Echo does or whether you need one in your home. We’re about to find out. Read More . In addition, Flux lights feature a sunrise mode, music sync and more.

Compatibility and Features — Works with Amazon Alexa, iOS, and Android.

Start With — The Flux three-pack will save you a little money How to Switch Lights On or Off With Your Phone on the Cheap How to Switch Lights On or Off With Your Phone on the Cheap In this article, you’ll learn about the many ways to control lights in your home with your phone. You’ll also see how each solution compares in terms of pricing. Read More and makes a good choice for both basic and advanced lighting features.

5. Ilumi

The Ilumi collection includes A19, BR30 flood lights, and BR30 outdoor flood lights bulbs. Like many other solutions on this list, Ilumi bulbs don’t require a hub or bridge. Instead, Ilumi uses Bluetooth Smart to connect each lamp.

The Ilumi Smart Lighting app is one of the best on the market. With it, you can control up to 50 Ilumi bulbs in your home using your iOS or Android device. The app includes presets and dynamic effects, rise and shine features, and the ability to sync with your music. Better still, the app allows you to set a default color and brightness level when you turn on the bulb using a light switch.

Compatibility and Features — Works with iOS and Android. Amazon Alexa integration coming soon.

Start With — Begin experiencing Ilumi by buying one A19 bulb for $50.

6. Elgato Avea

The Elgato Avea lineup of smart lights promises to help you transform your home “with beautiful dynamic light moods.” It does so via the Avea app on a smart device or Apple Watch.

Controlled through Bluetooth Smart technology Avea bulbs are currently available only in E27/A21 format, although you can also purchase an Avea Flare, a battery-powered, wirelessly charged LED lamp.

Compatibility and Features — Works with iOS and Android.

Start WithBuy a few $40 Avea E27 bulbs and get ready to experience smart lighting for the first time.

7. TP-Link

Router company TP-Link offers a wide-range of smart bulbs that don’t require a separate hub or bridge. These bulbs are compatible with devices through the free Kasa app (iOS/Android). TP-Link’s premium light is the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue.

Compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa devices, the bulb offers 16 million colors to match any moment. Other features include the ability to set schedules, timers, and countdowns.

Compatibility and Features — Works with Amazon Alexa, iOS, and Android.

Start With — Buy at least two of the $50 Smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs to get started.

8. Nyrius

The last smart light on our list is also the least expensive Philips Hue Smart Bulb Alternatives to Save Money Philips Hue Smart Bulb Alternatives to Save Money In this article, you’ll learn about some of the less expensive alternatives to Philips Hue and see how they compare. Read More . Priced at just $20, the Nyrius Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb includes many of the features found on similar products for a much lower price-point.

Nyrius lights include many key functions controlled by the Nyrius app, including the ability to turn on and off, dimming, schedule timers, and more.

Compatibility and Features — Works with iOS and Android.

Start With — At this price, buy at least three.

The Choice Is Yours

There are already a lot of smart lighting products on the market, with more expected to arrive in the coming months and years. As the market matures and technology improves, these products are only going to get better. If you’re looking to buy a smart lighting product for the first time or to expand your existing smart home system, any of the bulbs mentioned on this list will work well.

What type of smart lighting products do you use in your home? How are they working for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Uri
    March 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Great article. I would have been a plus to mention which one of those work and do not work with IFTTT