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starts this Monday, but if you’re keen on shopping a little early, you can already find plenty of offers from manufacturers and competitors looking to keep up with the Prime Day raffle. It includes offers on a range of smart lights, many of which are live right now.
This makes this month a great time to try a color-changing bulb or build on the intelligent lighting configuration you already have installed. I have reviewed the latest discounts to point out the deals that are currently worth considering ̵
Let’s start with Lifx, one of the more established names in smart lighting. The company’s Wi-Fi Lightstrips work with all the great smart home platforms and voice assistants – HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, you name it – and they are able to lay out multiple colors at once, which is a fun feature to play with no matter where you end up holding them.
Usually $ 90, the 80-inch version of Lifx Lightstrip is currently marked at $ 75 on Amazon and in Best Buy. It’s the lowest price I’ve seen for this latest version of Lightstrip, originally called the Lifx Z when I first reviewed it back in 2016. It’s also $ 5 less than the Philips Hue Lightstrip, which can only add a color to a time and significantly less than the supple Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, which puts out more colors but costs a ridiculous $ 230.
Read our Lifx Lightstrip review.
It’s not just strips – almost everything in the Lifx catalog is currently for sale, including the company’s smart bulbs. Among all the offerings I have seen, one of the best is on this two-pack of Lifx Color LEDs, which are currently on sale for $ 50 at Best Buy. It is $ 15 less than usual and only $ 25 per bulb, which is very good considering that this is one of the most beautiful color changing bulbs you can buy. And remember, Lifx lights work with just about anything you want them to work with, including voice control via Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
Other Lifx deals currently worth considering include:
Read our Lifx Mini review.
If you’d rather do things smart at the switch than upgrade your bulbs, you won’t find a much better deal than this three-pack from Kasa, TP-Link’s smart home offshoot brand. Just a few years ago this bundle would have cost more than $ 100, but right now you can find it marked all the way down to $ 35 on Amazon, which is $ 10 off the regular price and as low a price as we ever have seen for it.
The switches themselves are nothing fancy – no attenuation, no built-in voice assistant – but if you just want to automate a few extra lights around the house, here’s a great way to get the job done.
Read our guide to buying a smart switch.
Philips Hue is a fantastic smart lighting platform – and it gets better and better when you expand it with extra light throughout your home. The problem is that Philips Hue stuff is running on the expensive side, so it’s wise to keep an eye out for deals around Prime Day and Black Friday. One such deal available right now is this three-pack, full-color, current-generation Philips Hue bulbs, which you’ll find marked for $ 100 at Best Buy.
Anything that gives you a Hue bulb for less than $ 40 each is a pretty decent deal, and you only get this three-pack for that price a couple of times a year, so consider this – but keep in mind that there are a reasonable chance that we will see wider sales from the Philips Hue team when Prime Day starts.
Read our guide to Philips Hue.
Do you care about colors? Then go with smart bulbs with white light, and save some money. These C by GE bulbs will do the trick, and you can currently score a four-pack for $ 30 at Best Buy – only $ 7.50 per. Pear. They support app controls and voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant, but they are particularly well-suited to the latter, as GE Lighting is a Made by Google partner brand.
Earlier this year, GE Lighting renamed its C by GE smart home brand as Cync, so that might be a bit of a place on last year’s packaging. Either way, it’s a decent deal and a cheap way to pick up some extra bulbs to help expand the smart lighting coverage in your home.