Let there be light! Whether it’s bulbs, switches or accessories, smart lights are some of the most popular smart home gadgets on the market. It might have something to do with the fact that we use our lights more than anything else in our homes. Since you literally use them all the time, why not make things better during Amazonsale?
If the idea has tempted you, Prime Day’s pricing could seal the deal – and, if you’re already a smart lighting convert, then Prime Day is a great time to get discounted bulbs and fixtures for make your house even more more intelligent. Here are the best deals we’ve spotted so far – check back throughout Prime Day 2020 for updates as we see more:
Eero is Amazon’s brand on the networking front, and it has a new mesh router on sale this fall with full support for Wi-Fi 6, the newest and most advanced version of Wi-Fi. This system, Eero 6, doesn’t ship until November 2, but if you’re ready to pre-order a 3-piece setup now during Prime Day, Amazon at its regular retail price of $ 279, Amazon will launch a Top – Free Echo Dot smart speaker and two free Philips Hue bulbs to sweeten the deal.
It’s a nice little setup here, as the new Eero router has a built-in Zigbee radio that can pair these bulbs directly with your home’s Wi-Fi network without the need for a Philips Hue bridge. That means you’ll also be able to turn them on and off using Alexa voice commands, which is where Echo Dot comes in.
Two caveats. although. First, you don’t get the new spherical Echo Dot – instead, it’s the previous washer-shaped version from 2018. Second, these are Hue White Ambiance bulbs, not color Hue bulbs. This means that you can change their color temperature between yellow, candle-like tones and warmer, bluish daylight tones, but you can’t make them emit red, green, blue or whatever. either on the RGB spectrum. Another good deal here. Learn more about CNET.
Speaking of Hue, if you go to Best Buy for counter-programming today, you’ll find a bundle with the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus and a 1-meter extension strip for $ 60. That’s a total of 3 meters of smart color-changing light for $ 45 less than the package usually costs.
Just be aware that this is an older version of the Hue Lightstrip, so it does not include Bluetooth support and cannot output more than one color at a time. Still, if you have cabinets in the back of a TV that could benefit from a nice splash of accent color, it’s probably worth jumping on them.
GE Lighting offers an attractive range of smart bulbs and smart lighting accessories, and several sets are on sale today for Prime members during Prime Day 2020.
One of the best offers you two color-changing bulbs, a color-changing light strip, a wireless remote that can turn them off, dim them up and down, or change their color, and a smart plug as well. Total cost? About $ 86. It would be a good deal if it was just the light strip and the socket.
C by GE lights use Bluetooth to send and receive their signals, and they can pair directly with the Google Assistant for faster voice commands. They also work with Alexa, but you need a bridge device to connect them to Amazon. Fortunately, that’s where this Wi-Fi smart plug comes in. As long as you’ve plugged it in and connected to your home network, it will serve as a bridge for your C by GE lights and allow you to connect with Alexa to easy voice commands.
Either way, it’s a nice little bundle and a perfect way to add spice to the living room, playroom, or kids room. And if you don’t want the light strip or the remote, you can also mark two bulbs and the smart plug for $ 38.
Already have C by GE lamps and just want to add a smart plug to your setup at a lower cost? Amazon Prime members can add one to their cart for just $ 10 today.
Again, in addition to letting you automate lights, coffeemakers, or whatever you plug into them, GE Lighting’s Wi-Fi smart plug will act as a bridge for your C by GE Bluetooth lights, allowing them to connect. to Alexa. And yes, it also works with the Google Assistant.
Wiz is a small, rambling lighting startup that makes surprisingly decent smart bulbs – decent enough that Philips parent company Hue Signify bought the brand last year and started selling the bulbs under the LED name. “Philips Wiz Connected”. These versions predate this rebranding, but they’re just as strong and just as capable of connecting to Alexa or the Google Assistant without the need for additional hub hardware. And, if you buy them today from Best Buy, you’ll quickly save $ 8 on a pack of 2, bringing the cost per bulb down to just $ 10.
This smart dimmer from Leviton doubles as a living space for Alexa thanks to the built-in mic and speaker. Use it to replace an old light switch, and you can control that light from your phone or with a voice command, including voice commands picked up by the switch itself.
Whether that’s a worthy upgrade or not is up to you, but it makes sense to hardcore Alexa. At a Prime Day price of $ 80, you save $ 20 off the normal retail price.
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Cree is a mainstay of the lighting aisle (at least at Home Depot), and its budget-friendly smart bulbs have long been a quick and easy way to fill your home with bright, dimmable light. Now for Prime Day, that deal is even better, as Cree has soft white smart bulbs reduced by 75% – just $ 3 per bulb.
Keep in mind that Cree smart bulbs use Zigbee radios to send their signals, so you will need a Zigbee hub to automate them. The Amazon Echo Plus, the second-gen Amazon Echo Show, the Wink Hub, and the SmartThings Hub will all work, among other options.
Meanwhile, regular unconnected Cree LED bulbs are also on sale for Prime Day, with discounts of up to 40%. Learn more about CNET.