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The 7 Best Smart Lamps of 2021

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The RundownBest Overall:Philips Hue Go at Best Buy"It's powered by a rechargeable battery, so you can move it wherever you want — even outside."Best Budget:HUGOAI Bedside Lamp at Amazon"This budget option has lots of the same features as the others, including a remote control, dimming, and customizable colors."Best for the Bedroom:Casper Glow at Casper"It's designed to work with your body's light response to make it easier to fall asleep and wake up in the morning."Best for the Entertainment Center:Philips Bloom at Amazon"Its spotlight design is perfect for creating splashes of color around your entertainment center."Best for the Kids' Room:Marrado Bedside Lamp at Amazon"Its LED lights are cool to the touch, and the adjustable brightness can be dimmed down to a nightlight."Best Standalone Device:GE Lighting C Wi-Fi at Amazon"Perfect if you like the idea of smart lighting in your home but don't actually have a smart home system yet."Best Design:Dyson CSYS Desk Light at Amazon"It's designed with a special cooling mechanism to preserve the longevity of the LEDs."

Best Overall:Philips Hue Go

Buy on Best BuyBuy on Home DepotWhat We Like

Minimalist design

Portable

Super versatile

Not too expensive

What We Don't Like

Requires Philips Hue Smart Hub to access all features

If this is your first venture into the world of smart lighting, the Philips Hue Go is a great place to start. Philips has become the de facto brand for smart lighting technology, but many of their devices have a price tag that reflects their premium reputation. The Hue Go, on the other hand, is usually priced between $75 and $100, making it one of the more affordable options in the Philips lineup without sacrificing any of the smart features that make these lights so much fun. Its portable design, versatility, and functionality as a standalone device make it our top choice. 

With its ultra-minimal half-sphere shape, the Hue Go is an understated but stylish addition to any room. It's also powered by a rechargeable battery so you can move it wherever you want — even outside. Choose exactly the right shade of colored light (there are over 16 million options available), or simply set it to your preferred temperature of white light. You can control it using the Philips Hue app or the buttons on the device, but if you want to access smart features like voice control and smart home integration, it has to be connected to a Philips Hue Smart Hub.

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Best Budget:HUGOAI Bedside Lamp

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Inexpensive

All the basic features of higher-end smart lamps

Compatible with most smart home hubs

What We Don't Like

Uninspiring design

Requires its own app, making it less convenient for people who already have branded smart lighting in their house

Smart lamps can certainly be expensive, so if you're in the market for a solid budget option, check out the Hugoai Bedside Lamp. It doesn't have the brand name recognition of the other devices on this list, but it has a lot of the same smart features like remote control, dimming features, and millions of customizable colors. If you have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartLife, or IFTTT, this lamp will readily integrate into your existing smart home setup. 

This is a great option for a bedside lamp with a little extra ambiance, or for a kid's room or nursery. If you want a color-changing lamp to integrate into your smart home system — or if you just want a lamp that you can control from your phone — the Hugoai lets you enjoy those features without going all-in on an expensive smart lighting setup. It's available in both black and white.

Best for the Bedroom:Casper Glow

Buy on CasperWhat We Like

Dims as you fall asleep and brightens to wake you up

Intuitive gesture controls

Multiple lamps can be synchronized

What We Don't Like

Not compatible with existing smart home setups

The term “sleep hygiene” is something of a buzzword these days, but we all know that looking at our phones and laptops before bed can mess with our natural sleep cycles. The Casper Glow bedside light is made by the popular mattress company and is designed to work with your body's light response to make it easier to fall asleep and wake up in the morning. At night, it starts out bright enough for reading and slowly dims to a warm sunset orange to ease you into sleep. In the morning, it mimics a sunrise to gently wake you up, much like a wake-up light alarm clock. Our favorite part is the series of intuitive gesture controls, like twisting it to change the brightness or gently shaking it to turn on a very dim light when you need to get up in the middle of the night. Plus, its minimalist design looks great on any nightstand. 

Like the other lights on this list, the Casper Glow is app controlled so you can use your phone to set the wake-up light or pair it with other Glow lamps. Unfortunately it is not compatible with any other smart home systems, so you can't integrate this with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Best for the Entertainment Center:Philips Bloom

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Provides large splashes of colored light

Wide compatibility with smart home and entertainment systems

What We Don't Like

Aesthetically not that great

If you're looking to use mood lighting as a design feature in your home, the Philips Bloom lamp is for you. Its spotlight design is perfect for creating splashes of color on your walls or, as per our recommendation, around your entertainment center. Put a Bloom lamp (or two, or three) behind your TV, audio, or gaming setup to create a stunning lit backdrop for all your favorite media. It's compatible with all the major smart home systems — Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit — so no matter how deep you are into your own smart home setup, the Bloom can easily integrate. 

Like other Philips Hue smart lighting products, the Bloom lamp allows you to choose from millions of different colors. You can also set it to white light and use this lamp as a spotlight for artwork or architectural features. The one downside is the look of the actual device. Its pedestal design and white plastic body seems out of place displayed on a table somewhere, which is why we recommend tucking it into your entertainment center to get the full light effect without making it a focal point.

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Best for the Kids' Room:Marrado Bedside Lamp

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Built-in Bluetooth speaker

Wireless and rechargeable

Affordable

What We Don't Like

Not app-controlled

No smart home integration

With its budget price tag and built-in Bluetooth speaker, this little table lamp from Marrado is a great option for a child's room or nursery. Smart lights tend to be pretty expensive, so you may not want to leave a $200 lamp where it can easily be knocked around — for under $40, the Marrado has similar features to many of the lamps on this list except for the actual smart home integration and remote control. Bluetooth connection allows you to stream audio from your mobile device through a speaker in the lamp base.

This lamp is cordless and rechargeable, so there are no dangling wires. Plus, its LED lights are cool to the touch, provide ambient 360-degree light, and the adjustable brightness can be dimmed down to a nightlight. Kids will also love the color-changing capabilities and choosing which shade they want in their room.

Best Standalone Device:GE Lighting C Wi-Fi

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Doubles as a smart home hub with Amazon Alexa

Eye-catching ring design

Great value for the range of features

What We Don't Like

Older model

Design takes up a lot of space

If you like the idea of smart lighting in your home but don't actually have a smart home system yet, then the GE Lighting C lamp does double duty as a smart light and an Amazon Alexa hub. The lamp is Wi-Fi connected and has Alexa built in, so even if you do not have an Amazon Echo or other hub device, you can use this lamp as a virtual assistant. If you like having Alexa, then you can build out your smart home or smart lighting setup from there. 

The GE Lighting C lamp has many of the same features as the other smart lamps on this list, including custom color settings, timers, smart home integration, and even a wake-up light setting. The main difference is that you can use this lamp as a virtual assistant to voice-control it or ask it questions. The ring design is eye catching but quite large, so it may be harder to use it as a desk or bedside lamp depending on your space restrictions.

Best Design:Dyson CSYS Desk Light

Buy on AmazonWhat We Like

Looks amazing

Light is engineered for eye health

What We Don't Like

Not internet connected or smart home compatible

Very expensive

The Dyson CSYS Desk Light is the definition of a splurge, but it's also the most beautifully-design smart lamp we've come across. Designed with a special cooling mechanism to preserve the longevity of the LEDs, Dyson claims that this lamp will deliver the same quality of light for up to 60 years (and maybe if you spread out the cost across the next few decades, then it doesn't seem quite as expensive). 

This lamp prioritizes eye health in its design, so it was created with built-in glare protection, low flicker, and a special “Bubble Optic” lens that delivers extremely uniform light. The bulb also mimics sunlight as closely as possible. There is a touch-sensitive sliding dimmer on the lamp stand and the arm can be easily adjusted any way you need it. But above all, this lamp looks like an amazing piece of engineering and is bound to become a focal point of any room you put it in.

Good to Know

For those who don't have a smart home system set up yet, internet-connected lamps like these are a great place to start. Many of the devices in this list have an app you can download to access features like timers, color changing controls, and synchronization with other lamps. These usually don't require you to have any other special hardware to use. But, as with most other smart devices, many of these lamps also have features that can only be accessed once they're connected to a smart hub. As the name suggests, a smart hub serves as the control center of your smart home setup, allowing you to operate all kinds of internet-connected devices — locks, speakers, thermostats, and more — from one device. Depending on which hub you buy, it may come with a virtual voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant that allows you to operate your smart home devices using only your voice. (For example, you could say, “Alexa, turn off the bedroom light,” and the Alexa hub can turn off that smart lamp without you having to touch your phone or even get out of bed.) The market for connected devices has grown rapidly in the last few years, so it's as good a time as ever to start your own smart home setup.

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