Thanks to a recent update unveiled at this year’s CES tech show, Wiz smart bulbs can now adjust brightness levels in your home automatically.
As the number of smart light bulbs on the market continues to grow, Wiz has updated its range in an attempt to set itself apart from the competition. Keep scrolling for the details.
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Smart Wiz light bulbs are getting smarter
The new feature means that Wiz smart bulbs will automatically adjust lighting levels throughout the day and night based on your environment, which will help to ‘enhance wellness’ and ‘match your lifestyle’ according to their makers. With Scheduled Presets installed, the upgraded smart bulbs will have you waking up to subtle lighting in the morning, while bulbs in the living room shine brighter during the day.
As was the case before this latest update dropped, the intelligent Wiz bulbs can be controlled via the official Wiz smartphone app. The app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, lets you manage each individual bulb and define when they turn on and off. If you don’t have your phone nearby, voice commands via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are also an option for controlling the lights in your home.
A selection of presets come pre-installed out of the box, but you can tweak those with different colour options if you fancy mixing things up. In fact, Wiz smart lights support a whopping 16 million colour choices. You can buy a two-pack of Wiz bulbs for around £45.
Smart light bulbs in our test lab
If you’re shopping around for a single smart bulb or a full starter kit, there are plenty of other brands to consider. Below, we’ve rounded up three Wiz alternatives that our experts have had their hands on.
The Philips Hue smart lighting range is getting increasingly popular and is regularly bundled with smart home hubs such as the Google Home. You can pick up a single Philips Hue White bulb for around £15, but you’ll need to pair it with the Philips Hue Bridge before it will work.
Screw a Hue bulb into an existing light fitting and you’re all set. It’s possible to control Philips Hue lights with your voice using an Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo smart hub. Geo-fencing technology means that the bulbs will turn off automatically when you leave your home if you tell them to. But even if you’re out and about, you can still control the bulbs with Philips’ smartphone app.
Unlike its sibling, the pricier £30 Philips Hue White Ambiance smart light bulb lets you adjust colour temperature with your smartphone or tablet, ranging from a warm soft white (2,200K) to a bright daylight (6,500K). You can set the bulb to gently increase brightness to naturally wake you up in the morning.
Philips Hue lights have also been treated to an update. At CES it was announced that the lights will be able to react to the films you’re watching and the songs you’re listening to. See our story on Philips Hue at CES for more.
Here’s another smart bulb you can control from your smartphone or tablet. But, unlike the Philips Hue bulbs above, the £45 LIFX LED doesn’t force you to buy a separate hub. This smart bulb connects wirelessly to your home wi-fi network, and once set up you can control it with your voice or using the LIFX app.
Individual bulbs are fairly expensive, with the price rising to around £200 for a four-pack. Is this clever bulb worthy of Best Buy status? Read our full LIFX LED smart light bulb review to find out.
Ikea’s own £15 smart bulb is an option for buyers on a budget. It partners with the retail giant’s Tradfri smart-lighting system (£25), which acts as a remote for controlling up to 10 LED light bulbs at a time.
You can only select three colour-temperature settings with Ikea’s smart bulb, so if you’re planning to get creative with your lighting themes you might want to look elsewhere. See our Ikea Tradfri LED bulb E27 980 lumen review for more.
How to buy the best smart light bulb
When it comes to picking a smart lighting system for your home, you’ll want something that’s quick to set up and easy to configure. You’ll need to buy a separate hub, or bridge, for some systems to work, and it’s also worth checking compatibility with other smart gadgets before parting with your hard-earned cash.
For more information on picking the perfect smart light bulbs for you, see our guide to how to buy the best smart light bulbs. Want to browse our range of tested smart light bulbs? Head over to our smart light bulb reviews for the details.