Find the Best Smart Lights

Find the best smart lights for your home with the world’s largest database! The desktop experience is recommended.

Learn About The Database

Since heat will cause a chroma shift in almost all LEDs, each light is left on for approximately 1 hour in order for the LED phosphors to stabilize.

Readings are then taken in a homemade integration sphere where data is recorded for each white color as well as RGB using the Alexa app.

This allows us to push a common command to each light to set its color temperature accordingly.

If possible, a far more complete spectral graph is recorded which can be viewed as a GIF below.

The CRI (color rendering index) of each white mode is recorded, as well as the overall CRI across the entire white range.

Most smart lights advertise a CCT (correlated color temperature) window of ~2200-6500K, however during our testing, we found that even when lights are set to 6500K they may only be able to put out up to 5000K.

So the correct CCT range that each light is capable of achieving is also presented below.

The CRI (color rendering index) of each white mode is recorded in the table below.

CRI is a unit used to represent the ability of a light source to reflect the true colors of objects, compared to a natural light source, like the Sun.

image showing how apples might look under a CRI of 97, 90, and 80
An example of how CRI might affect an object.

A little dirt on CRI: CRI used to comprise only 8 colors. The average of these would be called the “CRI-Ra” or the average R-value. The CRI standard has since added 6 more colors, however, one of them, R9 (deep red) is more difficult to get high scores on. So most companies still only use the first 8 to calculate their “CRI score”.

We use an average of all 15 colors in our calculations, so the CRI score may be lower or higher than the manufacturer’s stated CRI for each light.

Below you’ll find a CRI number for each white mode, as well as a number representing the average CRI across the entire white band.

Every smart light we tested varied in its ability to accurately portray the correct CCT for each mode. Regardless, we’ve shown the CRI for each setting to give you an idea of each individual light’s color quality across its white light range.

Since each light has individual color characteristics and dimming capabilities, it’s quite difficult to compare the relative brightness of each light against the others.

I have done my best however to come up with a number that represents each light’s relative power output across its white and RGB color spaces.

When comparing two lights, generally speaking, a higher intensity number means that at a comparable color temperature, the light with the higher number will appear brighter.

While a lower intensity number means that it will be able to achieve a dimmer appearance.

The table below has RGB graphs of each color bulb.

We set each bulb to display only blue, green, and red separately, and take readings, below is an example of what this looks like when done:

ge cync direct connect 6 in wafer rgb spectral power distribution graph
A normal and acceptable RGB output graph

This allows you to see the relative output strength and spectrum of each channel.

Not all RGB lights output true RGB however, and you can use these graphs to easily determine that.

For example, here is a light that when set to either pure green or pure blue, still emits light into the red band.

ge cync direct connect st19 color smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph

At some point, I’d like to add the following:

  • Filtration for sunrise alarm clock bulbs
  • Filtration for filament bulbs
  • Filtration for circadian lighting bulbs

Learn About The Brands

Some of my thoughts and notes on each light brand

  • There’s not much to say about these, they connect quickly and work well with the Alexa app.
  • Very unresponsive in both the native Hubspace app and Alexa, would not recommend.
  • As of 9/30/2023 GE has updated their app to allow for “improved dimming”, our testing does not currently account for this. We will update our database once we get more GE cync lights. You can read more about this update here.
  • The GE Cync app is actually pretty nice and responsive once the lights are connected.
  • It might have been my network, but I had a lot of difficulty connecting some lights, and could not update firmware successfully on any light.
  • The filament-style ST19 and G25 bulbs do not emit true RGB colors:
ge cync filament color lights rgb spectral power distribution graph
As you can see the red isn’t very narrow, and the blue and green settings still emit other colors, meaning true RGB tones cannot be achieved.
  • Need the hub in order for these to work as they are Zigbee.
  • These lights only range from around 2000K to 3500K, so the typical Alexa color temperature selections do not translate over.
  • The color bulbs do not emit true RGB:
ikea tradfri color lights rgb spectral power distribution graph
The green LED is very “orange” while the blue and red both emit small amounts of other colors.

The app worked great for me, the lights connected well and firmware updates worked.

  • Circadian Lighting

Wyze lights offer a circadian lighting feature they call Sun Match.

Sun Match changes the color temperature of the lights throughout the day according to the position of the sun.

It doesn’t automatically change brightness however, this must still be programmed manually.

I found that it worked quite well, and will even change lights within a few seconds if they had been turned off previously.

The color bulbs are able to go warmer than the white bulb, so choose those if you’d like to use this feature.

Another useful feature is the sleep routines which allow you to use a Wyze bulb as a sunrise alarm clock.

I had nothing but issues with these lights. Difficult to connect initially, constantly disconnecting, doesn’t work with Alexa or Google Home… the list goes on.

  • Circadian Lighting

Wiz has a circadian lighting mode they call “Rhythms” in which you can set up a predefined lighting pattern for any set of lights or rooms.

wiz lighting circadian lighting options screenshot

This can include multiple steps of your choosing. I couldn’t really get this to work very well, because, well, I couldn’t really get anything to work very well with these lights.

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  • Lights Tested: 66
  • 11/13/2023: RGB Graphs have been added
  • 11/10/2023: Tested Wiz
  • 10/23/2023: Tested Wyze
  • 9/30/2023: Version 1.0 Release! 🎉
  • 9/28/2023: Tested IKEA TRÅDFRI
  • 9/20/2023: Tested GE Cync
  • 9/9/2023: Tested Amazon Basics
  • 9/8/2023: Tested EcoSmart

The Database

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BrandModelLinkCCTLumensWattsShapeBaseCRI Warm 2200KCRI Soft 2700KCRI White 4000KCRI Daylight 5500KCRI Cool 6500KCRI AverageWhite SpectrumWhite Intensity (High)White Intesity (Low)RGB SpectrumRGB Intensity (High)RGB Intensity (Low)Color ModeProtocols
EcoSmartSmartCheck Price →2350-5750K120013.8WPAR38E2638.891.392.592.791.686.2ecosmart par38 smart light spectral power distribution graph164.39.6ecosmart par38 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph43.82.2Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/08/2023No
EcoSmartSmartCheck Price →2200-5250K8008.5WA19E2632.289.193.992.190.785.1ecosmart a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph gif123.46.8ecosmart a19 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph39.52Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/08/2023No
AmazonBasicsCheck Price →2100-5400K8007.5WA19E2646.49088.482.177.576.9amazon basics color smart light spectral power distribution graph80.24.8amazon basics color smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph37.91.9Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi09/09/2023No
EcoSmartSmartCheck Price →2200-5450K6507.8WBR30E260.891.593.590.388.586.2ecosmart br30 smart light spectral power distribution graph105.46.3ecosmart br30 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph31.31.6Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/09/2023No
EcoSmartSmartCheck Price →2050-5250K160012.2WA21E2642.492.891.491.889.785.2ecosmart a21 smart light spectral power distribution graph210.211.7ecosmart a21 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph55.82.9Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/08/2023No
AmazonBasicsCheck Price →2500K8007.5WA19E26-----90.3amazon basics 2700k smart light spectral power distribution graph176.66.3--2700KLinkWi-Fi09/09/2023No
AmazonBasicsCheck Price →2050-5200K8007.5WA19E2687.99092.392.489.490.4amazon basics tunable white smart light spectral power distribution graph154.23.2--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi09/08/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2050-5800K8009.5WA19E2680.891.492.691.787.289.7ge cync direct connect a19 color smart light spectral power distribution graph156.710.2ge cync direct connect a19 rgb color smart light spectral power distribution graph70.95.9Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/11/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2000-5850K130015WPAR38E2639.473.990.99190.281.7ge cync direct connect par38 color smart light spectral power distribution graph1718ge cync direct connect par38 rgb color smart light spectral power distribution graph185.512.7Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/11/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2100-5850K5006.2WST19E2670.691.589.38279.384.3ge cync direct connect st19 color smart light spectral power distribution graph84.63.8ge cync direct connect st19 color smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph138.912.2Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/12/2023Yes
GE CyncReveal HD+Check Price →2500K8009.5WA19E26-----88.9ge cync reveal hd a19 2700k smart light spectral power distribution graph195.89.6--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/12/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2450K8009.5WA19E26-----89.5ge cync direct connet 2700k a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph185.715.5--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/12/2023No
GE CyncDynamic EffectsCheck Price →1950-5650K8009.5WA19E2691.391.192.491.689.891ge cync dynamic effects a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph150.56.7ge cync dynamic effects a19 rgb smart light spectral power distribution graph35.21.9Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/12/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →1800-6000K160016WA21E2671.690.993.593.591.388.4ge cync direct connect a21 color smart light spectral power distribution graph311.615.4ge cync direct connect a21 rgb color smart light spectral power distribution graph180.318.6Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/13/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →1900-5800K8009.5WA19E269191.192.791.98790.4ge cync direct connect tunable white a19 spectral power distribution graph172.28.9--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/16/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →1900-5700K7509.5WBR30E2682.991.592.990.385.189.3ge cync direct connect color br30 spectral power distribution graph139.78.7ge cync direct connect color br30 rgb spectral power distribution graph71.46.1Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/16/2023No
GE CyncDynamic EffectsCheck Price →1950-6200K7509.5WBR30E2691.892.592.391.889.991.3ge cync dynamic effects br30 spectral power distribution graph127.65.8ge cync dynamic effects br30 rgb spectral power distribution graph32.51.7Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/16/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2100-6050K5006.2WG25E266991.289.181.979.383.6ge cync direct connect g25 spectral power distribution graph89.34.2ge cync direct connect g25 rgb spectral power distribution graph146.312.6Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/16/2023Yes
GE CyncReveal HD+Check Price →2000-6350K76013W4-In. WaferDirect Wire64.990.294.895.192.690.5ge cync direct connect 4 in wafer spectral power distribution graph109.80.3ge cync direct connect 4 in wafer rgb spectral power distribution graph72.40.2Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/16/2023No
GE CyncReveal HD+Check Price →1950-6100K100016W6-In. WaferDirect Wire68.491.995.293.894.388.7ge cync direct connect 6 in wafer spectral power distribution graph171.40.4ge cync direct connect 6 in wafer rgb spectral power distribution graph1140.3Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/17/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →1950-6050K80010WBR30E2689.690.593.993.890.392.8ge cync direct connect tunable white br30 spectral power distribution graph144.39.3--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/17/2023No
GE CyncReveal HD+1850-5650K8009.5WA19E2681.389.592.991.488.988.3ge cync reveal hd+ a19 spectral power distribution graph171.68.9ge cync reveal hd+ a19 rgb spectral power distribution graph94.79.7Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/20/2023No
GE CyncReveal HD+1950-5700K7509.5WBR30E2673.389.491.889.983.887.8ge cync reveal hd+ br30 spectral power distribution graph130.88.3ge cync reveal hd+ br30 rgb spectral power distribution graph66.45.9Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/20/2023No
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2500K5006WST19E26-----88.3ge cync direct connect 2700k st19 spectral power distribution graph120.76.4--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/20/2023Yes
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2450K5006WB11E26-----87.4ge cync direct connect 2700k b11 e26 spectral power distribution graph115.16.5--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/20/2023Yes
GE CyncDirect ConnectCheck Price →2500K5006WB11E12-----87.5ge cync direct connect 2700k b11 e12 spectral power distribution graph114.96.5--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth09/20/2023Yes
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2050-3450K4505WG125E26-----88ikea tradfri g40 round smart light spectral power distribution graph841.7--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/23/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2050-3400K4505WT120E26-----87ikea tradfri g40 square smart light spectral power distribution graph82.61.6--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/23/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2150-3450K9009WPAR38E26-----86.1ikea tradfri par38 smart light spectral power distribution graph106.72--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/23/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2550K4005WMR16GU10-----90.4ikea tradfri 2700k mr16 smart light spectral power distribution graph93.93.6--2700KLinkZigbee09/25/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2150-3500K3803.8WMR16GU10-----87.2ikea tradfri tunable white mr16 smart light spectral power distribution graph66.91.1--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/26/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2050K2502.7WA19E26-----78.8ikea tradfri 2200k filament a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph49.41.7--2200KLinkZigbee09/26/2023Yes
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2050K2502.7WB13E12-----79.1ikea tradfri 2200k filament b13 smart light spectral power distribution graph42.31.3--2200KLinkZigbee09/26/2023Yes
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2050-3600K4504.1WA15E12-----87.6ikea tradfri mini a15 smart light spectral power distribution graph902.0--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/26/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2150-3500K4504.5WA19E12-----86.1ikea tradfri tunable e12 a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph89.42.7--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/27/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →1850-3600K4505WA19E12-----86.1ikea tradfri color e12 a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph72.71.7ikea tradfri color e12 a19 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph68.61.5Color + Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/27/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2450K8068.9WA19E26-----91ikea tradfri 2700K A19 smart light spectral power distribution graph194.26.3--2700KLinkZigbee09/27/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →1800-3550K8008.9WA19E26-----87.1ikea tradfri color a19 smart light spectral power distribution graph123.71.4ikea tradfri color a19 smart light rgb spectral power distribution graph99.11.1Color + Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/27/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2100-3500K8008WA17E26-----86.7ikea tradfri tunable a17 800 lumen smart light spectral power distribution graph148.73.6--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/28/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2100-3450K110010WA17E26-----86.9ikea tradfri tunable a17 1100 lumen smart light spectral power distribution graph215.52.6--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/28/2023No
IKEATRÅDFRICheck Price →2100-3600K4505WB13E12-----87.7ikea tradfri 5w tunable b13 smart light spectral power distribution graph96.82.3--Tunable WhiteLinkZigbee09/29/2023No
WyzeWhiteCheck Price →2500-5100K8009.5WA19E26-90.695.194.394.291.1wyze white a19 spectral power distribution graph175.111.2--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth10/22/2023No
WyzeColorCheck Price →1450-5100K110012WA19E2641.86293.792.492.773.3wyze color a19 spectral power distribution graph120.21.8wyze color a19 rgb spectral power distribution graph172.32.3Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth10/22/2023No
WyzeColorCheck Price →1600-5550K95011.5WBR30E264060.29493.593.276.8wyze color br30 spectral power distribution graph150.32.9wyze color br30 rgb spectral power distribution graph212.53.1Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth10/22/2023No
WizDimmableCheck Price →2500K8008.8WA19E26-----88.8spectral power distribution graph of wiz a19 2700k156.75.8--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/01/2023No
WizDimmableCheck Price →2450K160014.5WA21E26-----90.8wiz a21 2700k spectral power distribution graph307.711.5--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/01/2023No
WizDimmableCheck Price →2600K6507.2WBR30E26-----87.7wiz br30 2700k spectral power distribution graph109.55.2--2700KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/01/2023No
WizDimmableCheck Price →4650K6507.2WBR30E26-----90.3wiz br30 5000k spectral power distribution graph117.95.9--5000KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/01/2023No
WizColorsCheck Price →1850-5400K6507.2WBR30E2686.789.287.682.476.785wiz br30 color spectral power distribution graph122.64.2wiz br30 color rgb spectral power distribution graph65.82.6Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/01/2023No
WizColorsCheck Price →1600-1900K3006.3WG25E26-----88.3wiz g35 tunable amber color bulb spectral power distribution graph75.92.4wiz g25 tunable amber color bulb rgb spectral power distribution graph186.76.1Color + Tunable AmberLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/02/2023Yes
WizColorsCheck Price →1600-1900K3006.3WST19E26-----88.3wiz st19 color amber bulb spectral power distribution graph75.42.3wiz st19 color amber bulb rgb spectral power distribution graph1815.9Color + Tunable AmberLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/02/2023Yes
WizWhitesCheck Price →2550-4150K8007WA19E26-8791.1--89.3wiz filament tunable white a19 spectral power distribution graph160.26.0--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/03/2023Yes
WizWhitesCheck Price →2500-4250K5005.5WG25E26-88.290.2--89.5wiz tunable white g25 spectral power distribution graph104.73.9--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/03/2023Yes
WizWhitesCheck Price →2450-4200K5005.5WST19E26-87.590.2--89.3wiz filament st19 tunable white spectral power distribution graph99.53.8--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/02/2023Yes
WizWhitesCheck Price →2450-4200K3503.8WBA11E26-8890.5--89.5wiz ba11 filament e26 tunable white spectral power distribution graph76.12.7--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/03/2023Yes
WizWhitesCheck Price →2450-4200K3503.8WBA11E12-88.190.5--89.6wiz ba11 e12 tunable white spectral power distribution graph76.92.7--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/03/2023Yes
WizDimmableCheck Price →4300K160014.5WA21E26-----90.7wiz a21 tunable white spectral power distribution graph310.214.1--5000KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/08/2023No
WizWhitesCheck Price →2650-5800K6507.2WBR30E26-9093.892.391.793.1wiz br30 tunable white spectral power distribution graph117.64.1--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/05/2023No
WizWhitesCheck Price →2500-5550K8008.8WA19E26-8894.192.991.691.1wiz a19 tunable white spectral power distribution graph162.35.9--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/07/2023No
WizColorsCheck Price →2050-5700K120013WPAR38E2689.489.193.392.690.892.4wiz par38 spectral power distribution graph160.84.2wiz par38 rgb spectral power distribution graph81.93Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/07/2023No
WizColorsCheck Price →2050-5350K160014.5WA21E2691.488.194.292.392.792.4wiz a21 color spectral power distribution graph191.54.2wiz a21 color rgb spectral power distribution graph90.33.4Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/05/2023No
WizDimmableCheck Price →4400K8008.8WA19E26-----90.1wiz a19 5000k spectral power distribution graph169.28.7--5000KLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/09/2023No
WizColorsCheck Price →1850-5450K8008.8WA19E2685.992.788.782.575.284.3wiz a19 color spectral power distribution graph148.25.7wiz a19 color rgb spectral power distribution graph84.63.8Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, BluetoothNo
WizColorsCheck Price →1900-5300K3553.9WB12E268790.692.39186.590.7wiz b12 e26 color bulb spectral power distribution graph63.51.9wiz b12 e26 color bulb rgb spectral power distribution graph29.81.1Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/06/2023Yes
WizColorsCheck Price →1800-5400K3553.9WB12E1284.690.792.691.489.790.1wiz b12 e12 color bulb spectral power distribution graph64.31.6wiz b12 e12 color bulb rgb spectral power distribution graph31.11.1Color + Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/06/2023No
WizWhitesCheck Price →2550-4500K7508.3W6-In. WaferRetrofit-88.793.3--92.1wiz tunable white retrofit downlight spectral power distribution graph109.44.8--Tunable WhiteLinkWi-Fi, Bluetooth11/08/2023No

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