If you're looking for an attractive, easy-to-use smart filament bulb that won't break the bank, this inexpensive model from Bulbrite's Solana line makes for a solid choice. Available for $20, The Smart LED Filaments Tunable White A19 is a Wi-Fi-enabled bulb that doesn't require a hub, and unlike other smart filament bulbs in its price range, you can tune it from a warm white to a cool daylight temperature. Easy wireless setup and a sleek, intuitive app should please newcomers to the smart home market. Some key features are missing, however, such as proper sleep/wake modes as well as a vacation mode. And while the Bulbrite Solana bulb does support Alexa and Google Assistant, it lacks support for Apple's HomeKit and IFTTT.
If you're looking for an affordable color smart bulb that works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Sylvania A19 Smart Full Color bulb is a fine candidate, although you can't buy just one. This standard A19 bulb connects directly to Wi-Fi networks, meaning there's no need for a bridge or smart-home hub. Sylvania's mobile app offers a variety of grouping options, lighting scenes, and powerful automation tools. That said, we still prefer the more polished apps that come bundled with our favorite A19 smart bulbs from LIFX and Philips Hue. The Sylvania bulb also lacks the HomeKit support that LIFX and Hue bulbs deliver, but that will matter only to Apple users who use that ecosystem.
The latest from Hampton Products' growing smart home line, the Peace by Hampton A19 LED Wi-Fi smart bulb--or bulbs, rather--are bright, colorful, easy to install, and offer multi-step automations that work in tandem with Hampton Products's other smart devices. As powerful as the Peace by Hampton automation tools are, they lack some key features, such as a vacation mode. And while the bulbs are relatively inexpensive, they only come in packs of four, which will drive up your acquisition cost if you need five, or nine, or… well, you get the idea. The Peace by Hampton smart line currently consists of two lighting products: a BR30 multi-color floodlight (which we've reviewed) and the A19 multi-color bulb that we're reviewing here. A Peace by Hampton smart plug (see our review) is also available.
It sure took long enough for Wyze Labs to unwrap a color smart bulb, but the Wyze Bulb Color was worth the wait. Available in a four-pack for $35, the Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled Bulb Color doesn't need a hub, and it packs features that most color smart bulbs in this price range don't, including sleep/wake routines and a vacation mode. The new Wyze bulb is also unusually bright given its price range, while the slick, intuitive Wyze app makes it easy to group multiple bulbs together. Tempering our enthusiasm is the fact that one of the Bulb Color's most enticing features--the ability to change color depending on triggers from the Wyze Cam, Wyze Lock, and other Wyze Labs devices--is a work in progress. This review is part of TechHive's coverage of the best smart LED bulbs, where you'll find reviews of the competition's offerings, plus a buyer's guide to the features you should consider when shopping this category.
After wowing smart home users (including us) with its eye-popping, touch-sensitive smart light panels, Nanoleaf has launched an "Essentials" line of more traditional smart lighting products, including a color A19 bulb. Like most things Nanoleaf, the Essentials A19 comes with a few twists, including its trippy, 120-sided design and its support for Thread, an IP-based Internet of Things (IoT) protocol backed by the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung SmartThings. Thread is a low-power, high-reliability, and security-focused protocol that's been percolating for more than six years, but it's only supported by a handful of products, which means its potential has yet to be fully realized. The same could be said for Nanoleaf's Essentials A19 bulb, which boasts some interesting features--including the ability to sync with music, Mac and PC monitors, and Nanoleaf's own Shapes light panels--that aren't yet ready for prime time yet. Another wrinkle is the fact that the bulb's most advanced features rely on a Thread border router--a device that acts as a bridge between a Thread network and another networks, such as Wi-Fi--and for now, there's only one consumer model: the $99 Apple HomePod Mini.