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    What are Smart Lights?

    Smart lights will completely change the way you go about the house. Not only can you turn them on and off from your phone, the handy app lets you dim the lights and set timers too, so you don’t need to be near a switch (or even in your home) to control them. You won’t have to keep forking out for replacements either, as they’ve all got long lifespans. Like what you see? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know before you add a pack to your basket and revolutionise your life.

    What to look for when buying a smart light

    The first thing you’ll need to decide on is what type of light you’re after. Whether you’re looking for a bright reading light or one that’ll create a splash of colour, there’s loads of different bulbs to choose from. There are even flexible light strips to go under counters or line your stairs, as well as glow boxes for putting near your TV. So, every part of your house will have its time to shine.

    The last thing anyone wants is to get all excited about the delivery and then not be able to use it. So, when it comes to replacing your old bulbs around the house, check the fit type to make sure it matches yours.

    You’ll also need to see if the lights need a compatible hub to work. Different brands and bulbs have different rules, making it even more important for you to look at the specs before you buy them.

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    Best brands in smart lighting

    More and more brands are starting to sell smart lights, but the three main players that have been doing it for a few years now are:

    Philips Hue

    From your everyday bulbs to lanterns that’ll glow in the garden, Philips Hue have a really wide range of lights that you can put around the home. You don’t have to make any expensive commitments if you’re unsure either. When you start out, you can just grab a few Bluetooth bulbs that you can control in the same room. And when you want to take it a step further and play with the lights while you’re out, you can then buy the Hue Bridge to unlock endless possibilities.

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    TP-Link

    With TP-Link there’s no strings or extra costs attached. Once you’ve bought the bulbs you want, you won’t need a hub to enjoy all their best features.

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    Hive

    The main benefit of Hive is its massive range of compatible smart tech. From security to heating, buying a Hive light will be one more step towards transforming your house into a smart home.

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    Hive Active Light Cool to Warm White E14 Twin Pack - A+ Rated

    Hive Active Light Cool to Warm White E14 Twin Pack - A+ Rated

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    £49
    • Smart light bulb – control from your phone or tablet
    • White bulb - adjust between cool and warm lighting
    • Screw fitting with 25,000 hour lifespan
    • Dim the brightness of the light to match your mood
    • Schedule a timer to turn lights on automatically

    Smart lighting FAQs

    What do smart light bulbs do?
    Can smart light bulbs be used in any fixture?
    Do smart light bulbs need a hub?
    Which smart light bulbs work with Alexa?
    Which smart light bulbs work with Google?
    Is it worth buying Philips Hue?
    Why is Philips Hue so expensive?
    Does Philips Hue need a Bridge?
    Which light bulbs work with Hive?
    Do you need a Hive Hub for lights?
    How do I connect lights to my Hive?
    Do other bulbs work with Hive?