Sengled’s new smart lights are some of the most affordable ones yet – CNET

Smart lights are useful, convenient and way more affordable than you think. Case in point: Sengled, which just cut the price of its Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible Wi-Fi smart bulbs.

Smart lights are useful, convenient and way more affordable than you think. Case in point: Sengled, which just cut the price of its Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible Wi-Fi smart bulbs. White light bulbsnow cost $15 each, which is about $10 less than a comparably bright white-light Wi-Fi bulb from Lifx, and a bit cheaper than bulbs from other budget-minded brands like TP-Link Kasa, too.

Along with that, Sengled’s color-changing Wi-Fi bulbs now cost $25 a piece, which is also pretty competitive.

Sengled already sells Zigbee smart bulbs that cost just $10 each, and those were good enough in our tests for me to call them the best smart bulbs for cheapskates in a recent roundup of your top options. But automating those bulbs or controlling them from your phone requires Sengled’s Zigbee hub or a third-party Zigbee hub like the Philips Hue Bridge or the Amazon Echo Plus. Not everyone has hardware like that, or wants it.


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Sengled’s Wi-Fi bulbs, meanwhile, connect directly to your router, which means they don’t need a Zigbee hub at all. Just screw them in, turn them on and pair them with your phone via Sengled’s app. If you want, you can connect the bulbs with Alexa or the Google Assistant to control them via voice commands.

Along with price cuts for the Wi-Fi bulbs, Sengled is highlighting the availability of its newest additions to the Zigbee lineup, all of which are available on Amazon and at Best Buy. These include 2-meter-long, color-changing light strips that cost $50 each, with 1-meter extensions available for $20.

Also new on Sengled’s Zigbee front: 100W replacement smart bulbs that are a lot brighter than other smart bulbs, most of which top out at around the 60W replacement level. Available in both yellowy soft white and bluish white daylight color temperatures, the 100W replacement Sengled smart bulbs each put out a very bright 1,500 lumens, and cost $25 each. And again, they use Zigbee to send their signals, not Wi-Fi, so you’ll need a Zigbee hub in order to connect with them.

Sengled does a pretty good job of making the distinction clear between its Zigbee bulbs that need a hub and its Wi-Fi bulbs that don’t — just make sure to double check the product description or the bulb’s packaging before you buy.

All of these new light bulbs and light strips are some of the next smart lights that we’ll test out in the CNET lighting lab, so stay tuned for more on how they perform.

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