Best HomeKit Lamps iMore 2020
HomeKit light bulbs and switches are not the only way to add smart lighting to your home, as the best HomeKit lamps combine voice and app controls with plug and play simplicity. These lamps may come in many shapes and sizes, but all of them add convenient controls, automations, scenes, and more. Here are the best HomeKit lamps around to help you decide which is the right one for your needs.
- Flare up: Eve Flare
- Large and in-charge: Philips Hue Ascend Flood Lamp
- Desk companion: Santala Smart LED Desk Lamp
- Modular and decorative: LifeSmart Cololight Plus
- Still shining: Philips Hue Bloom
- Go places: Philips Hue Go
Eve's Flare is a beautiful lamp that takes on the form of a sphere, creating a stunning look when it lights up. This lamp is more than just good looks though, as this lamp is completely portable, and works both indoors and out. An internal battery powers this lamp for up to six hours on a charge, and an IP65 water resistance rating makes it perfect for your next outdoor get-together.
The Philips Hue Ascend combines the brand's famous color reproduction with a clean metal floor lamp design. This unique lamp is capable of displaying 16 million different shades of colors and whites and can output up to 800 lumens of brightness with its removable bulb. Through the Hue app or HomeKit, you can set brightness levels and colors, plus you can use this lamp with automations and scenes.
The Santala Smart LED Desk Lamp is a unique option that can shine up to 800 lumens bright, and it also doubles as a Qi wireless charger for your iPhone. The lamp has four adjustable brightness levels, color temperature adjustments, and is foldable for portability. Touch-sensitive on-device controls, allow it to function without the need of an app or Siri, and of course, it is available for automations, scenes, and more.
While LifeSmart's Cololight Plus isn't the brightest since it's more for decorative, ambient lighting, its incredibly small size and modular design more than makes up for it. Each Cololight panel is capable of displaying multiple colors at once, which look amazing when combined with preset patterns. The Cololight Plus is also incredibly cheap, so you can buy the base set which includes the all-important controller, and you can add panels as you go at an equally impressive price.
The Philips Hue Bloom is famous for being one of the first lamps that brought bias lighting into the mainstream thanks to its unique, angular design. Its positioning is so that it throws its light onto a wall making it perfect for placement behind a TV or where you want to call attention to something. Scenes inside of the Philips Hue app allow this lamp to also function as a wake-up light or as a reading lamp, making this highly versatile lamp worth a look.
The Philips Hue Go, as its name might suggest, is capable of functioning as a stationary lamp or as a completely wireless portable lamp. A built-in rechargeable battery rests neatly inside of its bowl-like frame, keeping the lights on for up to three hours. While it isn't water-resistant, this lamp can still be the life of any party thanks to its rich colors, inviting design, and its ability to output up to 300 lumens of light.
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The best HomeKit lamps combine the awesome power of Apple's smart home platform with a simple plug and play form factor. These lamps can serve as mood setters, visual indicators, or just plain sources of light through automations and scenes. Siri is also there to turn on and off your lighting with just a shout, as well as scheduling functionality, making things completely autonomous.
We love the Eve Flare for its beautiful design and portability, making us stare in awe as it lights up with millions of colors without a cord. This versatile lamp also has an IP65 water resistance rating and lasts up to six hours on a single charge.
Looking for a decorative lamp that allows you to create your own design? Check out LifeSmart's Cololight Plus. This modular HomeKit lamp may not be the brightest around, but it sports an incredible edge-to-edge design that is capable of displaying multiple colors at once, and it is modular, so you can add-on as you need.
Need a more traditional desk lamp with extras? The Santala Smart LED Desk Lamp brings adjustable bright, light, to a stick lamp complete with a Qi wireless charger in its base. Whichever lamp you choose, you will be living the awesome HomeKit lifestyle in a matter of minutes thanks to their quick and easy setup process.
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