Best smart ambient lighting by room

Now, we are all familiar with smart lighting. Smart lights have the ability to run on a schedule and do things like change color or turn them on or off with just your voice. A smart bulb is perhaps the simplest form of connected lighting, but there are many smart lighting options out there. In this post, we’ll look at how to achieve the best lighting effects for every room in your home.

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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit

Living room

Positives

  • Useful Features

  • Large range and response

  • Extensive compatibility with third-party applications

  • Works with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant

Negatives

  • The bridge must be connected to your router

  • expensive

Living room, family room, or recreation room: whatever you call it, the ambiance is definitely more relaxing. You want smart lighting that helps you relax after a long day.

The Philips Hue Starter Kit is a great place to start smart lighting, especially for the living room. This smart lighting kit consists of three color-changing smart bulbs and a hub or bridge that connects to your home Wi-Fi network. It’s easy to set up and configure even for a tech buff or a novice. Once connected to a Wi-Fi network, link each smart bulb. Put them in lights and overhead lights, then you can control them all from the app or with voice assistance from Google or Alexa. You can adjust the color as well; Blood red on a scary movie night, or cheerful peachy pink on a dreary morning.

4-Pack Philips Hue with Hue Hub

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit

Living room

govee glide hexa pro hero review

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Govee Glide Hexa Pro

Games room

Positives

  • easy step

  • Powerful animation options

  • great style

Negatives

  • PC sync

  • Color Accuracy Iffy

Gaming lighting calls for drama, and there’s no better ambient lighting kit right now than the Govee Glide Hexa Pro 3D. This set of LED flat panel light panels can be configured for thousands of different colors, and can also create dynamic light shows. It can also listen and respond to your voice, game track, or music creating effects to match your room, beat to the beat and boom to boom. Whether you want to use it as a dynamic background for a live broadcast or as an ambient light in the room behind your screen, these lights can create amazing effects. Nanoleaf It also makes a similar product.

Govee Glide Hexa Pro Light Panels

Govee Glide Hexa Pro

Games room

Kensington bi-color ring light

home office

Positives

  • Cool light for video calls

  • Doubles as task lighting

  • Bi-color for warm or cold light

Negatives

  • It may not be bright enough for all applications

  • Requires some type of stand / tripod (sold separately)

When it comes to the home office, we often need two things: a task lamp and a video conferencing lamp. The Kensington Bi-Color Ring Light can be both, especially if you clip it to a Kensington Boom arm. Face down on a desk for ambient lighting for tasks as you work, then flip it up and move it over the camera for attractive lighting that makes your desk look like a TV studio. Do you hate the camera built into your laptop and the Jabba the Hutt-neck it gives you? Throw your Kensington webcam onto the included stand in the middle of the ring light and present yourself from the most flattering video angles.

Kensington L1000 Bi-Color Ring Light with Webcam Stand for Video Conferencing (K87653WW)

Kensington bi-color ring light

home office

Sync by GE Direct Connect Light Bulb

Bedrooms

Positives

  • simple accommodation

  • Easy-to-use smart home product

  • Good color and scheduling options

Negatives

  • It may not have as many features as other systems

If you’re new to the smart home game and dread setting one up, there’s an easy way to try smart lighting, using smart light bulbs that don’t need a bridge or hub. Cync by GE is a low-risk, rewarding lighting system as there are no additional components required. Simply install the Cync by GE lights and use the Cync app to connect for wireless access. Set the color to a soft, sleep-enabled candlelight setting, and head off to dreamland.

GE CYNC LED Smart Light Bulb, Color Changing, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Compatible, Alexa and Google Assistant Compatible, Dimmable, Medium Base, Standard Bulb Shape (1 Pack), Package May Vary

Sync by GE Direct Connect Light Bulb

Bedrooms

Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor Review

Philips Hue exterior lighting

Backyard

Positives

  • 16 million colors with adjustable output to 900 lumens

  • Weatherproof operation in all conditions

  • Free-standing or screw-on mounting options

  • Simple installation with extension kit available for longer operation

  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support

Negatives

  • Strips cannot be cut to size

  • Dull silicone livery

The backyard can be considered a room, right? The truth is that with all the time we spend outside in warmer weather, it’s an easy space to spruce up. While you can add some tiki torches or solar lights at the dollar store, we’re here to tell you that smart lights can make all the difference to your backyard vibe.

Philips Hue manufactures a wide variety of smart connected outdoor lights, from poles and flood lights to wired light fixtures and waterproof strip lighting. Whatever your configuration or need, there’s probably an outdoor light for that from Phillips Hue. It’s been my go-to system for outdoor lighting for several years now. I can also attest that Hugh outdoor lights are able to withstand extreme temperatures and have stood the test of time through many harsh winters.

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Outdoor Smart Spot Base Kit 3

Philips Hue exterior lighting

Backyard

GE expands the smart cync light and adds a full-color climate control camera gameroom

Sync by GE Outdoor Smart Plug

Abroad

Positives

  • Easy to set up

  • easy to use

  • tidy app

  • A large variety of lights

  • The application control is fast and responsive

  • Works with all digital assistants

Negatives

  • Some ‘extra’ features can be used

  • The motion sensor was faulty

If your budget is tight and you don’t want to do without custom smart lighting, you can always add brains to your old lights. For example, the Edison bulb string lights that everyone loves to weave in the yard; Simply by plugging a series of these into a smart external plug, you can have instant smart home control. One of the products I love for this app is the Cync by GE smart external plug. It simply connects to an AC outlet, and has two additional sockets under a waterproof housing. Simply connect it to the GE Cync app, and you can set daily timers or turn sunrise or sunset on/off; Use different timers for each individual plug.

GE CYNC External Smart Socket, Alexa and Google Home Compatible, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Enabled, No Hub Required

Sync by GE Outdoor Smart Plug

Abroad

Three outer ring attachments provide solar peace of mind

Solar Round Wall Lamp

Solar

Positives

  • Easy installation

  • Bright light output

  • Extended battery life with solar charging

  • More functions with connectivity

Negatives

  • Solar charging is a bit slow

Ring also makes custom outdoor lighting. There are different components, wired and battery options. These devices can connect and interlock with your circular home security system so that if a motion detector malfunctions, lights and cameras can start recording automatically. If you don’t need a full home security option, you can simply add some solar powered outdoor lights. Ring manufactures solar wall lights, solar lights, and solar path lights (stake lights). These are excellent for lighting sidewalks or side yards without having to worry about having to replace batteries.

Solar Round Wall Lamp

Solar Round Wall Lamp

Solar

From Philips Hue to LIFX and Cync to Govee, as well as Sengled, Abode, and Wyze, there are many lighting brands that can help you make the most of your space. If you have a favorite, let us know which one and why in the comments.

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