There are dozens of smart bulbs available, but Alexa light bulbs have the added benefit of being compatible with Amazon’s voice assistant—as well as Echo devices—to help you take control of the lights in your home.
After extensive testing, the best Alexa light bulb is the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit(available at Amazon), because of its vibrant colors, easy installation, and ease of use.
For something less expensive, the Geeni Prisma Smart Bulb (available at Amazon offers plenty of smart Alexa lighting features on a budget.
However, there are some other great options we’ve tested, with different features and versatility so you can pick the perfect fit for your home.
These are the best smart bulbs for Alexa we tested, ranked in order:
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit (Gen 3)
Geeni Prisma LED Smart Bulb
Feit Electric Smart Bulb
Kasa Smart Bulb 125
Cync Full Color Direct Connect Smart Bulb
Govee Smart Light Bulbs Dimmable
Abode Color Bulb
Sengled Smart Bulb
Wyze Bulb 800 Lumen Tunable White LED WiFi Bulb
Ring A19 Smart LED Bulb
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit (Gen 3)
Across the board, Philips Hue makes the best smart bulbs for Alexa. The bulbs are among the brightest and easiest to use of any we’ve tested. When using Alexa voice control, you can call out to your Echo speaker or use the Alexa app to change the bulb’s 16 million colors and tunable whites, adjust the brightness, and activate special lighting presets.
The only downside is that, unlike some other smart bulbs, the Hue light bulbs do require a hub in order to work. Additional hardware isn’t usually a selling point, but it’s a small price to pay for the sheer performance and reliability the Hue bulbs offer—especially if you opt for the Starter Kit that comes packaged with the Hue bridge.
The Alexa-compatible Geeni Prisma Plus LED smart bulb is a great budget pick for beginners. Once paired with Alexa, you can say voice commands like "Alexa, dim the bedroom light to 25%" or "Alexa, set the bedroom light to cool white." You can also control the lights via the Geeni app, which offers two-factor authentication to help keep your account secure.
The bulb offers preset light scenes like rainbow, cocktail, night, reading, and rave. You can also create your own scenes and set the bulbs to a schedule. For a value-packed smart bulb that works with Alexa, Geeni’s Prisma Smart Bulb is the one you want.
Feit Electric Smart Bulbs provide affordable smart lighting that's quick to set up and simple to use with Alexa. The bulbs connect over a 2.4GHz internet connection and can be controlled from anywhere with the companion app.
We had a little trouble figuring out how to change the color of the lights from the app at first but it was easy to do once we figured it out—just press and hold the bulb in the app. Feit’s bulbs can be set to millions of colors and shades of white, and you can dim the brightness in the app or by voice.
One downside is the app lacks two-factor authentication, a feature that helps keep your account secure. The bulbs support scheduling and groups but are not as feature-packed as others that offer location-based smart controls and timers.
The Kasa Multicolor Smart Light Bulb is similar to other picks in our guide, offering an array of 16 million colors to choose from, including warm to cool whites. The Alexa light bulb works with voice commands like, "Alexa, adjust the kitchen light to cool white" or "Alexa, brighten downstairs to 60%."
It also offers remote control via the Kasa app, which is simple and easy to use. Away Mode is also available on Kasa smart bulbs, which can randomly turn your bulbs on/off to give the appearance you're there when you're not.
Another nice thing about Kasa bulbs is that you can track their energy usage in the Kasa app, something most smart bulbs don't offer.
The latest version of Cync's bulbs ditches the need for a hub, making these bulbs an ideal choice for anyone who wants to quickly set up a few lights that they can control from an app. These LED smart bulbs work with Alexa voice control to dim the lights and change the color of the bulb.
In the app, you can tap anywhere on the color wheel to choose the exact shade and hue you want, or keep each bulb white and select the warmth or coolness that suits your mood. These bulbs don't offer any preset lighting scenes, which is a fun extra you'll find in other Alexa light bulbs in our guide.
The Govee Smart Light Bulb is value-packed choice when it comes to smart bulbs that work with Alexa. Though it does not display colors, the LED smart bulb puts out a lovely, soft white color and can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth (only available when you're within range) or Wi-Fi via a 2.4GHz connection.
In the Govee app are convenient smart lighting features like scheduling, timers, and group control. There are several different lighting scenes to pick from like reading, night light, and relax.
Govee’s dimmable smart bulbs’ warm glow is ideal for bedside lamps and responsive to Alexa voice commands. But If you need a color bulb, check out other options in our guide.
Abode’s 800-lumen bulb puts out bright and vibrant white light and colors remotely via the Abode app and works for voice control with Alexa.
Abode’s bulbs technically don’t need a hub for basic controls like changing the color and dimming the lights, but there’s a catch. To access scheduling features other bulbs provide natively, a hub is necessary. If you have an Abode Iota Security System, which includes a hub for home automation, adding a few Abode Color Bulbs makes a lot of sense and keeps your smart home all in one ecosystem.
If not, other bulbs in our guide offer more bang for your buck. Another thing to consider is that Abode’s Color Bulbs sell as a two-pack of smart bulbs that work with Alexa (a higher price per bulb than others in our guide).
Some third-party automation features are available for Abode bulbs such as support for Alexa Hunches, which allows Alexa to intuitively control the lights when you are away or asleep, as well as Alexa Routines.
Sengled’s Alexa-compatible LED smart bulbs are dimmable and display bright white light. Features like setting scenes, creating lighting routines, and remote control are available in the companion app. It also has modes to help you fall asleep and wake up by slowly brightening or dimming the lights, but you’re limited to white as your only color. The app does not offer two-factor authentication for added security.
Wyze’s tunable white bulb doesn’t offer vibrant colors like the Wyze Color Bulb, but it does offer a cozy selection of white light ranging from warm white to daylight that you can adjust using Alexa voice control.
The Wyze bulb supports dimming via voice control or the Wyze app, both of which are responsive to lighting commands.
In the Wyze app, a handy vacation mode turns the lights on and off at random intervals when you're away from home to give the impression that someone's there. Another feature not seen in many other smart bulb apps is a sleep timer, which lets you schedule the light to turn off in however many minutes you choose.
The Ring A19 Smart LED bulb is white smart light bulb that's easy to set up. The Ring Smart Lighting Bridge is a requirement of controlling the light bulb from the app or connecting it to Alexa for voice control.
These bulbs are a little light on features compared to other smart bulbs that work with Alexa. While dimmable, the Ring A19 bulb doesn't have warmth or coolness settings (in other words, it's not tunable), let alone any fading options. Ring’s app does offer security features like mandatory two-factor authentication to secure your account.
You can create custom schedules for when you want the lights on and off, but Away Mode is not available. The bulb can be set to be triggered if motion is detected on your Ring doorbell or home security cameras, which helps bolster your home's security.
If you're a Ring or Alexa household, the A19 Smart LED is a solid, low-cost addition to rooms where you don't need to worry about changing the color temperature.
The Lifx White A19 smart bulb is an inexpensive, tunable white smart bulb that doesn't require a hub and works well with Alexa. You can ask Alexa to turn on the lights and change the bulb to a particular shade of white—but there are no colors available with this bulb.
The Alexa-compatible bulb is also dimmable, so you can use Alexa voice control to adjust the brightness. All of these features are also available in the Lifx app, but you won’t get two-factor authentication for alerts if someone attempts to log into your account.
In the app, you can set an on/off schedule for your lights, create fade timers, and even view all the scheduled actions for the day in a timeline.
Hi, I’m Rachel, Reviewed’s home editor. I'm adding to the previous testing by Sarah Kovac, Reviewed’s accessibility editor and former smart home editor, and Jill Duffy, a freelance consumer technology and software writer.
To find the best smart bulbs for Alexa, we bought the bestselling, highest rated bulbs and tested them in an actual home with lamps and various light fixtures.
Each bulb was tested using the smart bulb’s companion app on an iOS and Android device.
Finally, we tested each bulb with Alexa to measure the bulb’s functionality and responsiveness to voice commands.
What Does an Alexa Light Bulb Do?
With Alexa smart bulbs, you can control the brightness, activate certain lighting presets and scenes, power the lights on/off, and adjust color temperature with your Alexa voice commands. In order to use Alexa to control compatible smart bulbs, you will need to set up the smart bulbs in the companion app first, and then add the smart bulbs in the Alexa app to enable voice control.
In the smart bulb’s companion app, you can set schedules so that your bulbs turn on and/or off at a certain time every day.
Schedules are exactly what they sound like: You can set your bulbs to automatically adjust based on time of day, alarms in the morning, or even changes in your location, such as turning lights off/on as you leave or come home from work.
Many smart bulbs also work with Alexa Routines. Routines let you group together several tasks and execute them with a single voice command. For example, at bedtime, you might have a routine that turns off all of the Alexa smart bulbs in your home when you say, “Alexa, goodnight.”
Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Switches: What's the Difference
One of the coolest things about smart bulbs is that color bulbs, at least, can display an array of 16 million colors. So, if you're looking to add some color to your home, that's one reason to choose smart bulbs over smart switches.
Additionally, there's no messing with wires and breaking out the tool kit when it comes to installing a smart bulb. Although smart bulbs can do so much more than a regular light bulb, the installation process isn’t onerous, making it a great choice for renters or those who are new to the world of smart home.
Smart switches are another way that you can control your lights from anywhere. Installing a smart switch takes longer and is more work compared to installing a smart bulb, but the cost of replacing every smart bulb in your home can add up quickly. A smart switch can control an entire light fixture's worth of regular light bulbs.
And don’t forget about smart plugs, which are an ideal choice for regular lamps that plug into an electrical outlet. Smart plugs cannot be used to control hardwired lights like smart bulbs and smart switches.
Privacy and Alexa Light Bulbs
Whenever you use internet-connected devices at home, including Alexa, there’s always a potential privacy risk.
However, there are steps you can take to help safeguard your smart home.
Two-factor authentication: Devices with this security feature send a verification code to your mobile device. If someone tries to hack your account, the device sends an alert and you can take care of the issue before it becomes a problem. Many devices allow you to activate email or other push notifications in the settings to alert you if someone has logged on.
Use a unique, strong password: A good password should be composed of multiple characters, numbers, and letters for each of your smart home accounts. Using different passwords for websites and apps can help protect you from data breaches.
When using any devices with Alexa, you can further protect your privacy by regularly deleting your voice recordings and muting the speaker’s mic when it’s not in use.
Sarah Kovac is an award-winning author and accessibility editor for Reviewed. Previously, she worked with a multitude of outlets such as Wirecutter, TIME, PCMag, Prevention, The Atlantic, Reviews.com, CNN, GOOD, Upworthy, Mom.me, and SheKnows.
Rachel Murphy is Reviewed's home editor. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a freelance writer for publications like Insider and Mashable, and as an associate editorial producer for Good Morning America. Aside from smart home tech, her interests include food, travel, parenting, and home renovation. You can usually find her sipping on coffee at any time of the day.
Jill Duffy is a writer covering consumer technology and software for both personal and business use. She has been testing and reviewing technology since 2011. Before that, she was a writer and editor covering video game development, e-learning, and other areas of tech and science.
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