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The 3 best smart bulbs for Alexa

If you're looking to brighten up your space with minimal effort, Alexa-enabled bulbs will seamlessly connect to your Amazon Echo, Dot, Show, or smartphone so you can control them with your voice (or via an app). The best smart bulbs for Alexa come with a variety of different features, and choosing between them is a matter of thinking about your personal lighting needs.

Bulbs can be multicolored to allow you to create different lighting moods or to help promote better sleep by mimicking a natural sunset. If you want a lot of control over lighting color, you'll want a bulb that can produce a wide range of colors. Most bulbs are dimmable with a variety of brightness options, and many can even be set to a schedule.

If you’re interested in upgrading your entire home, you’ll want to consider purchasing a starter kit or set with multiple lightbulbs. For enhancing light in a single room like the bedroom, a single dimming or color-changing bulb should work well and last quite a long time.

Scroll on for my list of the best smart bulbs for Alexa to help you light up your home.

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1. The multicolor one

Both Alexa- and Google Home-compatible, this multicolored smart bulb features a range of 16 million colors, with adjustable brightness up to 800 lumens. You can set schedules and create scenes via voice commands or the Sengled Home app on your smartphone. Sleep and wake modes let you schedule your light to dim at night and brighten in the morning to promote better sleep and a natural waking process. This smart bulb will save your mood settings and revert to the last scene when turned on to help you create a routine that functions on autopilot.

This bulb is also available in "Daylight" and "Soft White" formats, in addition to multicolor.

One reviewer says: “It is EXTREMELY SIMPLE to pair with an Amazon Alexa (even older generations). I have an Echo Dot 2nd generation, and it took maybe 5 minutes to install between getting the light bulb into the socket and pairing it with Alexa.”

2. The basic one

For less than $20, the Lumos smart bulb is an affordable option that works with Alexa as well as Google Assistant. You can also control your lights via any smartphone or tablet with the free EufyHome app that’s available on both iOS and Android devices.

This 800-lumen bulb is white and dimmable to soft white. You can set schedules so your bulb turns on and off at specific times. An "Away" mode turns on lights to give the appearance that you're home, even when you're not. This inexpensive bulb can be grouped and managed with other Lumos bulbs in your home, and it supports multiple users so everyone can have control.

One reviewer says: “Fits in all my lamps and even my ceiling fan without issue. The setup is a breeze (as all Eufy smart products are). I use it with Alexa, and the response is great.”

3. The value pack

If you want to upgrade the lighting in multiple rooms at once, these OHLUX smart LED bulbs are worth considering. This four-piece lightbulb kit can be used without a hub and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT. It features voice control and multiple lighting ranges. You can choose from 16 million colors, plus cool white and warm white. The bulbs can get as bright as 600 lumens and are fully dimmable. There's also an option to set schedules and timers using the "Smart Life" app on your smartphone.

All you have to say is, “Alexa set the bedroom to warm,” and the red light turns on to help prepare you for sleep. There’s also an option to control the bulbs as a group all at once using a voice command or smartphone.

One reviewer says: “Fully customizable, full-color spectrum with great brightness. The best feature is the color temperature control for morning and night. It's just the best for the money in its category and almost beats hue.”