5 smart outdoor lights to spruce up your landscape
Take your landscape to the next level with these high-tech lights
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Smart outdoor lighting is a convenient and easy way to spruce up your landscaping and brighten up dark spots around your property.
These app-controlled smart lights allow you to choose between millions of colors, create automatic schedules, power the lights on/off from anywhere, and control them with voice commands using popular virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Outdoor smart lights come in all different shapes and sizes to suit your decorating needs.
Whether you’re looking to brighten up your patio or illuminate your driveway, these five smart outdoor lighting options will look great anywhere you put them.
1. Outfit existing exterior lights with smart bulbs
If you don’t want to purchase all new outdoor lighting fixtures, you can upgrade your existing outdoor lights with smart light bulbs. These app-connected bulbs can be installed into your current exterior fixtures, and options like the Cync Smart Outdoor Flood Light Bulb (formerly GE) are designed to be used in outdoor settings, so you don’t have to worry about them getting wet.
Cync's bulb offers 1,300 lumens of brightness and can be set to any color imaginable, and it doesn’t require a smart hub or any complicated setup. Compatible with voice assistants Alexa and Google Assistant give you hands-free control of the light's power, brightness, and color. How's that for high-tech?
2. Decorate with smart string lights
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled bistro-style smart lights, like the Govee Smart Outdoor String Lights or the Hampton Bay Outdoor/Indoor Smart String Lights, are a fun and welcoming way to dress up your porch or patio. The strands come in multiple lengths with color-changing LED bulbs that you can manage from the companion app and by using voice-control with smart assistants Alexa or Google Assistant. (A remote comes with the lights, too.)
The bulbs are made of plastic and claim to be watertight and shatterproof, making them an ideal option for placing anywhere outside you want smart outdoor lighting. Each app is full of customization options like changing the colors, brightness, and lighting effects. Go ahead, make them red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July or pink and red for Valentine’s Day—the sky’s the limit!
3. Protect your home with a floodlight camera
Looking for a light that will help keep your home and family safe? The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is one of best floodlight cameras we’ve tested—with a built in motion sensor, this camera will light up your yard while capturing video footage any time it detects movement. This smart floodlight puts out 3,000 lumens of brightness, which is plenty bright to illuminate your dimly-lit driveway or dark side yard, and the camera pans and tilts up to 360 degrees, allowing you to see it all.
Other features we like include the camera’s free internal storage option, which saves you from having to pay a subscription fee for cloud storage, as well as its crisp video footage and clear two-way audio. There’s even a remote-activated 100db siren that you can turn on from your phone to scare away animals or anyone who enters your yard uninvited.
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4. Light up your walkways with smart path lights
Path lights are a sophisticated way to incorporate smart landscape lighting to dress up your yard and increase curb appeal. The Ring Solar Path Lights are some of the best outdoor solar lights we’ve tested. Each light puts out up to 80 lumens of brightness and gets power from a small solar panel atop each stake. When connected to a Ring Bridge, you can create custom schedules, turn the lights on/off remotely, and connect them to other Ring devices for whole-home smart lighting.
If you don’t want to go the solar-powered route, another option is the modern-looking Hampton Bay Black LED Spotlight (3-Pack), which plug into a power source. You can set the lights to white (or something more colorful) in the Home Depot Hubspace app, or by voice with smart assistants Alexa or Google Assistant.
5. Plug existing lights into outdoor smart plugs
Finally, if you have outdoor lights that still have plenty of life left in them, you can turn them into smart lights with the help of an outdoor smart plug. These devices allow you to remotely control any plug-in light, whether it’s a strand of twinkle lights on your patio or a spotlight for your flagpole—all you have to do is plug the light into the smart outlet.
The Wyze Outdoor Plug is one of the best we've tested. It has a Wi-Fi range of 300-feet and two independently-controlled outlets with an attached cover to keep our dirt and dust. The app is extremely user-friendly, and it works well with both Alexa and Google Assistant. Or, if you want to be able to dim your outdoor lights, look into the Kasa Outdoor Smart Dimmer Plug, which is ideal for use with dimmable bulbs (and works with Alexa and Google Assistant).
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