Change the color of the light bulb, turn the outdoor light on and off, control their brightness and warmness, schedule when they should turn on or off. You can do all these through your smartphone using app controlled lights.
Aside from an app, you can also control these lights using smart home devices. Many of them work with Google Assistant and Alexa. Command these lights conveniently through your phone or voice. They’re smart, intuitive and perfect for the modern home. Speaking of smart home, you may also want to check out these smart home thermostats for Android.
There are also app controlled Christmas lights which you can use not only for the Holidays but also for special events and occasions.
This kind of lights come in different forms: light bulbs, outdoor lighting, light strips, and others. Some can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth, and others via Wi-Fi. While most smart lights require a hub, there are those that work even without a hub.
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5 Best App Controlled Lights
There are various app-controlled lights available. Many of them are light bulbs, but there are also a few spotlights, light strips and outdoor lighting. We have trimmed down the choices to 5.
Now we present to you our top picks.
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip – $68.99
The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip is 80 inches long. It’s very flexible, so you can easily use it anywhere at home. You can also trim it if you need just a shorter strip for a particular use. With adhesive backing, the strip easily sticks to any surface.
This light strip is designed to last up to 22 years and is Energy Star-certified. Like the other Hue lights, it works with various voice and smart home assistants like Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Alexa, SmartThings and others. The possibilities are also endless, with 16 million colors of light to choose from.
- Compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Apple Homekit and others
- Hue hub included
- Up to 50 lights on 1 Hue hub
- 16 million colors
- Gaming light
- 1600 lumens brightness
- 20 watts
However, the LightStrip is not waterproof, which means that you can only use it indoors. Like other Philips smart and app-controlled lights, this one is also quite expensive compared to others. But overall, it’s a great light strip with countless possibilities. With 20,000 hours lifetime, the price is worth it.
Note: Requires a hub (Hue Bridge)
To control the LightStrip through an app, download this mobile app on your smartphone.
YEELIGHT Smart LED Bulb – $29.99
The YEELIGHT smart LED light bulb by Xiaomi is one of the cheapest durable bulbs out there which you can control via an app and voice control. Aside from the price, what makes this bulb attractive is its easy-use feature. It’s easy to install too.
With the Xiaomi Home or Yeelight app, you can change the colors, dim the lights, or set schedules anywhere you are through your smartphone. You can check the light even when you’re away from home. Turn on and off the lights from anywhere.
You can even sync the light with music and use voice controls to command it. It is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Custom light scenes
- 16 million colors
- Control anywhere using an app
- Sync lights with music
- 800 lumens brightness (10 watts)
- 22.8 years lifespan
This bulb is a great option for those who are looking for budget-friendly Wi-Fi and app-controlled bulbs. However, it only works best for Xiaomi system in terms of integration. But the great thing about this light bulb is that unlike the others on the list, it does not require a hub since it uses a built-in WiFi.
Download the mobile app so you can control this LED bulb through your smartphone.
Philips Hue Lily White & Color Ambiance Outdoor Spotlight – $279.43
Bring your outdoor lighting to the next level with this Philips Hue Outdoor Spotlight. They can be controlled through an app (Philips Hue). There are various light scenes to choose from to suit your mood. But if you want to use the spotlight for outdoor entertainment and events, you can also play with 16 million colors and create your own light scenes.
Aside from the app, you can also control the lights through voice controls (Alexa, Google Assistant or HomeKit), as well as home automation systems. For this to work, however, you’ll need a Hue hub.
- 16 million colors
- Pre-defined scenes
- Custom light scenes
- Smart home devices compatible
- Lily power supply included
- 25,000 hours lifetime
- Weatherproof and resistant
- 2-year warranty
Note: Hub required (sold separately)
You can control the Philips Hue Outdoor Spotlight using an app. Download the Philips Hue below.
BERENNIS Smart Light Bulb – $32.99
If you want a more traditional-looking light bulb with smart functionality, check out the BERENNIS light bulb. It’s also very affordable, especially considering that it comes in a pack of 3.
Through an app, and as long as you are connected to a WiFi, you can control the light bulbs from anywhere, even when you’re abroad. Set a timer, change the colors, dim the lights. You can do all these through your smartphone. If you’re at home, you can also control the lights using voice control without the need of a hub.
- Multi-colored lights (16 million colors)
- Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa
- 20,000 hours of use
- Home automation feature
- WiFi control (app)
However, at only 500 lumens, this light bulb is the dimmest of all the lights featured here. Overall, it’s still a great smart light, especially for those who want an affordable option. It does not require a hub too.
LIFX A19 Smart LED Light Bulb – $39.99
Looking for the brightest voice and app-controlled light bulb? That would be LIFX A19. Smart bulb, on its own, cannot fully light a room because most smart bulbs have lower lumens. But the LIFX A19 light bulb features 1100 lumens, which make it very bright. On its own, it can fully light a room.
Using the app, you can control the lights and apply various unique, cool effects. There are various lighting scenes, themes and effects to choose from. Play with over 16 million colors to brighten and liven up your room or home. Dim the lights or choose different shades of white. Do all these conveniently as long as your phone has a mobile or WiFi connection.
- Voice control (Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit)
- Over 16 million colors
- Schedule and automation
- Easy installation and use
- 22.8 years lifetime
- 1100 lumens (11 watts
Like the YEELIGHT light bulb, this bulb uses a built-in WiFi and, hence, does not require a hub. However, compared to YEELIGHT, it’s more expensive.
Download the mobile app below so you can conveniently control the light bulb anywhere you are.
App Controlled Lights: What People Ask About
Do app controlled lights use power when off?
- Technically, yes, in order for them to be controlled remotely. Nevertheless, they consume very minimal electricity. Compared to other lights, they are still more energy-efficient.
How do app controlled lights work?
- Basically, they work by controlling the lights through an app which you must download in your smartphone. They require a WiFi connection, some use Bluetooth, in order for you to control them through an app. Some even require a separate hub.
Do smart lights need a hub?
- Not all. Those that have built-in WiFi don’t need a separate hub. In fact, of the 5 app-controlled lights on the list, 3 don’t require a hub: the Yeelight LED bulb, the BERENNIS light bulb, and the LIFX A19 bulb.
Control Your Lights Remotely
App-controlled lights are perfect for the smart home. Most of them are compatible with voice control and home automation systems. However, you must take note that some of them would require a hub, which in most cases you would need to buy separately.
Most lights offer millions of color possibilities, which means that you can play with the colors and their brightness. But most importantly, you can check and control the lights from anywhere with a WiFi connection. This comes handy when you’re away from home and you need to turn certain lights on or off.
Do you have any other questions related to app or voice-controlled lights? Feel free to leave us a comment below.