Google Home and Amazon Echo devices can do more than just tell corny jokes and answer your weird questions. They can also control various smart devices in your home, like smart light bulbs and other lighting products. That means you can turn the lights on or off, dim them, and even change their color with voice commands.
The setup process is a breeze. All you have to do is plug or screw in your smart light bulbs, connect them to your smart speaker using the Google Home or Alexa app, and you’re good to go. Some require a hub to work, while others connect directly to your Wi-Fi network.
The cheapest starter kit with the Hue bridge goes for $70 and comes with two smart bulbs that produce a warm white light. For an additional $30, you can get a starter pack with four bulbs that emit different shades of white, from cool daylight to relaxing warm white light. The most expensive option goes for $200 and gets you four bulbs able to light up your room in 16 million different colors.
There are many products to choose from. The cheapest bulb will set you back $25 (Lifx Mini White), and only produces white light. You’ll have to dish out $20 more for the Lifx Mini Color, which lets you light up your home in any of the 16 million colors available. Keep in mind most Lifx products come with a discount when purchased in packs of four. Four Mini Color bulbs can be yours for $160, which brings the price of each unit down to $40 and saves you $20.
Two of the most interesting Lifx products are Tile and Beam. Tile costs $250 and comes with five tiles included in the box, allowing you to create a unique layout on a wall. Every tile features 64 controllable zones and you can assign a different color and brightness to each one