May 22, 2022

Brightest LED smart bulbs 2022: The best for dark spaces

By Chris Wedel Contributions from Samuel Contreras Olivia Lipski published 18 days ago

Smarter lighting without giving up luminance.

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Feit Electric100-Watt Equivalent RGBW Alexa Google Smart Wi-Fi BulbCHECK PRICE2

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Novostella13W Smart LED BulbCHECK PRICE3

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KHSUIN16W BR30 Smart BulbCHECK PRICE4

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LIFXBR30CHECK PRICE5

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SengledA19 Zigbee Smart Bulb 100W equivalentCHECK PRICE6

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PhilipsHue White A19 Starter KitCHECK PRICE

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When times get dark, we need bright light to see our way out — and the brightest LED smart bulbs make it that much better. With the extra control of a smart bulb, you can adjust your space to fit your needs perfectly whether you want as much light as possible or just enough to read. So whether you want a standard A19 E26 bulb or the BR30 for recessed lighting, there’s a bulb for you. The Feit Electric OM100 is our top pick for its incredibly high lumen rating and hubless smart controls, which means it only needs Wi-Fi and your phone to control.

The brightest smart bulbs for your home

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Feit Electric OM100 – RGBW

It’s so brightTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+High 1600LM rating+No hub required+Google Assistant and Alexa integration

REASONS TO AVOID

-The app can be finicky-Brightest setting only applies to the white color tone-Limited preset scenes in the app

While Feit Electric may not be a well-known smart bulb, it’s been innovating and creating high-quality lighting solutions since 1978 — and the OM100 RGBW bulb continues that trend. Since this bulb doesn’t require extra hardware such as a hub, this Wi-Fi-enabled smart LED bulb is simple to set up. It has a peak output of 1,600 lumens, making it the brightest LED smart bulb on the list, equal to a traditional 100W incandescent bulb — that’s some serious light. You’ll get a tunable white with a color temperature range from 2700K soft white to 6500K daylight and millions of RGB colors.

Feit Electric not only created an ultra-bright LED bulb here, but it also made it so that integration with Alexa, SmartThings, and Google Assistant is a snap. The inclusion of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi means all you need is to connect it to your Wi-Fi, and you’re up and running. Feit Electric also has an app compatible with iOS and Android, so you have that option if you don’t have a smart speaker or prefer not to use voice commands.

Within the app, you can set the brightness of your bulb(s) and tune the colors. There are also some scenes and schedules that you can configure to automate your lighting. This bulb’s connectivity features allow you to take full advantage of its very high brightness to illuminate your darkest spaces best.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_3978284380 seconds of 59 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

Novostella smart bulbs
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Novostella 13W RGBCW

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REASONS TO BUY

+Great brightness with 1300LM+Accurate whites+Works with multiple smart home platforms+App lets you control lights

REASONS TO AVOID

-The app is sometimes buggy-Color accuracy could be better-Some connectivity issuesAdvertisement

Novostella’s 13W standard smart bulb may have landed in second place due to its lower lumen count, but it still has excellent features. At 1300LM, it also has plenty of light to brighten up most spaces quite well.

It utilizes an RGBCW LED array to net you a tunable white color range from 2700K to 6500K while still garnering 16 million colors of fun as well. Using specific warm and cool white LEDs, Novostella’s bulb produces some of the most accurate white ranges of all the bulbs on this list.

Novostella included 2.4GHz Wi-Fi do you can use the bulb with an Android or iOS app without the need for separate hardware. You can group lights, control brightness and colors, set up schedules, and even use preset scenes through the Smart Life app. The bulb is also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and even IFTTT, so integrating it into your smart home is simple.

Ksuin smart bulbs
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KHSUIN 16W BR30 Smart Bulb

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REASONS TO BUY

+Great price+Excellent brightness+Easy setup

REASONS TO AVOID

-Weak color saturation-Falls off-network periodically-Limited app functionalityAdvertisement

KHSUIN makes a very bright BR30 bulb at 1600LM, a 150W equivalent! With this level of brightness, you’ll be able to make even the darkest room shine. One note to keep in mind is that you’ll want to set it on the white color spectrum to obtain peak luminosity.

When not going to the ultra-brightness, you’ll still have over 16 million colors to choose from. This ensures you’ll be able to find the perfect shade to get the mood just right. While it does offer a full range of colors, saturation isn’t very good at the higher brightness levels.

KHSUIN does include 2.4GHz Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Smart Life app for controlling colors and brightness and setting up some scheduling and scenes. You can also connect the bulb to your Alexa devices or Google Assistant-enabled speakers with app control. IFTTT is another service that will work with KHSUIN bulbs for more smart home automation, but you won’t be able to use Apple HomeKit.

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LIFX BR30 Wi-Fi Color Bulb

All the pretty colorsTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Amazing color vibrancy+Easy to connect with existing smart home+No bridge or hub required+Extensive range of whites+Robust app

REASONS TO AVOID

-Network connectivity can be inconsistent-The app can seem a bit cluttered-PriceyAdvertisement

While LIFX BR30 bulbs aren’t the brightest LED smart bulbs around, these do have the most vibrant colors. Bulbs from LIFX can be interwoven with your smart home without adding additional hardware to control the light. Since the bulbs are Wi-Fi enabled, all you have to do is connect them to your network using the LIFX app and you’re ready to go.

The LIFX app is robust and full of preset scenes, effects, schedules, and more. For further controls, these bulbs are also compatible with popular smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings. These integrations allow voice commands and create more customized actions by linking to other services within your smart home setup.

The bulb is designed for floodlighting across surfaces, which is why it works wonderfully in recessed lighting fixtures built into ceilings. They pump out white color temps from warm 2500K to super-cool 9000K with up to 1100LM, so these bulbs are bright. Aside from excellent brightness and a fantastic range of whites, LIFX is known for some of the best color saturation. They produce brilliant reds, blues, and greens that blend into millions of combinations, giving you just the right vibe.

Sengled smart bulbs in kitchen
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Sengled Zigbee Smart Bulb Extra Bright

Warm and brightTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Fantastic brightness+Even color temperature+Multiple hub connectivity choices

REASONS TO AVOID

-Only one color choice-Single color temperature-Needs hub for a lot of connectivityAdvertisement

Sengled gave this smart LED bulb the moniker Extra Bright for a good reason since it cranks out up to 1500LM of brightness. That number puts these bulbs at number two for overall brightness on this list. The biggest drawback of this bulb is the color, though — let me explain.

Sengled gave this bulb extra brightness but took away the ability to tune the color temperature. So instead, you are locked at 2700K, a softer and warmer light, which is fine in most situations. The upside is there is no question as to what setting the light needs to be to ensure you can take full advantage of the full 1500LM of brightness.

In terms of smart controls, you get all of the scenes and routines you can expect from a smart light when paired with the Sengled Smart Hub. You can set up the Sengled bulb with hubs from SmartThings, Wink, and Zigbee-enabled Amazon Echo devices. You can also use Alexa or Google Assistant voice controls, but a hub must connect to the bulb. So if you are good with a bulb that offers fantastic brightness in only a single color, then this is the bulb for you.

Philips Hue official lifestyle 2
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Philips Hue White LED Smart Button Starter Kit

Everything you need to get startedTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Fantastic connectivity+Extensive smart features+A lot of bulb options+Some bulbs can be hubless

REASONS TO AVOID

-More expensive than other options

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