What’s the best smart lighting system? by Scott Cunningham
This is a difficult question…but I’ll do my best! Firstly, the number of bulbs you are thinking of, as well as your budget will play a role here. I recently built a home and not including our smart lighting have upwards of 50 devices connected at all times.
For the top rated system (I still think in 5–10 years, I’ll probably replace my entire system as the tech seems to be evolving quickly). I’d recommend the Phillips Hue. They have a number of different bulbs, and they all work and connect into the app.
The ability to change colors is great, connect via wifi (which of course enables you to connect all over the world), utilize IFTTT (ie set up things so if your connected doorbell rings you can turn a light on upstairs…even if you aren’t home…), and the Alexa integration of Phillips Hue make them my top recommended brand/set up.
The nice thing is you can use other bulb types with the philips hue system. For example the GE Link bulbs below work, and can save you a ton of money in areas you don’t need the full color changing Philips Hue bulbs.
You can currently get these for around $15/bulb which is a great deal. That’s how I would set up your home system. Utilize Philips Hue, and then also utilize a less expensive bulb like the GE Link.
The only potential drawback based on the size of your home (and it’s not a huge one) is the need for multiple Hue Hubs:
For me it was more annoying to have to make sure the whole home had great wifi coverage, etc…but I solved that problem with the Eero home system (check it out price wise here:, or you can also view a review I wrote of eero vs a competitor called Luma at )
So if you have great wifi, with no deadzones, then you can set up a whole home solution with smart lighting relatively simply. There are some great use cases you can do (ie when you turn on your blu ray player your lights dim…for this you’d utilize IFTTT and a smart switch like the wemo switch:)
Anyway…that is a long answer. Feel free to ask any additional questions.
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