Smart bulb buying guide: Picking the right bulb for your smart home setup
A combination of smart bulbs, switches and smart speakers can help you get a good smart home set-up. But, before you set out to buy you need to be clear what exactly you are looking at from your smart home setup. Here we will help you choose the right smart bulb.
Decide what you need your smart bulb for
First you need to decide what you are looking at. It can be anything. Whether you are looking to save the pain from getting up to turn the light on or off. Or you are simply just trying to save on electricity bill by avoiding lights left on all the time. Another good use can be scheduling the lights switch in/off time. There can be other reasons as well, such as mood lighting.
Decide the type of smart bulb
Now, you have your reason behind smart lighting setup at home. Choose the type of smart bulb you want.
There are bulbs that only come in two or three colour options or you can also go with a colour version as well if you are looking for mood lighting.Make sure you have compatible devices
Not all smart lights are compatible with every device. It is important to choose a light which works with your existing ecosystem of smart switches and other smart home devices. It is important to check if these bulbs will work with your existing devices; says smartphones, tablets and smart speakers.
If you are just getting started with your smart home setup, then choose a light that offers maximum compatibility. This will ensure future proofing your smart home setup.
For example: If you are in the Apple ecosystem, then make sure that your smart light is compatible with iOS, Siri, HomePods like Philips Hue or Wiz.
Decide the features clearly
This is probably the most important part while choosing a smart light. Go with the bulb or light which fulfils most of your needs.
If you are looking just for a smart bulb that can turn on or off at a set time. Then, you can simply get a normal two colour smart bulb.
Go through the feature list and check whether the particular bulb comes with features you need or not before making the purchase.
Smart bulb brands
There are smart bulbs available from over 10 brands in the market. These include Philips, Panasonic, Syska, Xiaomi, Halonic, Wipro and more. They all offer largely similar features and functionalities, but there are some differences as well. So it’s important to do a thorough check before buying.