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.
Sengled is probably best known for its ingenious Bluetooth light bulbs that integrate a wireless speaker into one housing, but now it's moving into the broader commodity smart light bulb space with the Sengled Element line. There are four models in the Element line: two non-tunable white, one tunable white, and one featuring tunable full color. We received the lattermost, the Element Color Plus, for review. The Element bulbs use ZigBee technology, which means you'll need a hub to control them via your smartphone. Sengled supplies its own hub as part of the Element Color Plus Kit, which costs $80 and includes two of the color bulbs.
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You can't program Philips latest LED light bulb, but you can easily change the color it produces--and you won't even need to whip out your smartphone. The SceneSwitch is a 60-watt-equivalent, white-only LED bulb that's capable of producing three color temperatures at the flip of a switch: Turn the bulb on and you get 800 lumens of moderately soft 2700K light. Turn it off, then on again, and the bulb delivers 800 lumens but at a quite cold 5000K color temperature. The SceneSwitch doesn't work with a smartphone app, but as anyone who's spent a long time fiddling with smart lighting knows, sometimes these apps are overkill. Once in a while you just want to flip a switch and have the lights come on.
GE has appropriated the phrase "high definition" from the TV industry and applied it to a new line of dumb LED bulbs. The word "dumb" isn't meant to be derogatory here, it's just that these bulbs don't have the electronic components that would enable them to be directly controlled by a smart home hub or a smart phone. Pair them with a smart switch and you'll be in business. So how can high definition be applied to light? GE explains that its Relax, Refresh, and Reveal bulbs "have a higher CRI, or Color Rendering Index, than standard LED bulbs.