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.
- Modular and decorative: LifeSmart Cololight Plus
- Flare up: Eve Flare Portable Smart LED Lamp
- Large and in-charge: Philips Hue Ascend Flood Lamp
- Desk companion: Meross Dimmable WiFi Table Lamp
- Mini desk companion: Meross Dimmable WiFi Table Lamp (small)
- Light the path: Philips Hue Calla
- Outdoor house light: Philips Hue Econic Outdoor
- Go places: Philips Hue Go White & Color Ambiance
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.
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.
Choose from 16 million colors and anywhere from 3% to 100% brightness. Use touch control, or use HomeKit and Siri or Alexa or Google Assistant to turn it on and off, set up timers, and set scenes.
This little cutie has all of the same features as its larger sibling, but with a smaller form factor and a smaller price point. It's perfect for smaller spaces or a child's room.
The outdoor lamp Philips Hue lights the pathway to your home beautifully. Start with the base kit and add as many extensions as you like to cover the length of your walkway or driveway. With over 16 million colors, you can use color to set the mood or decorate for a holiday.
Place the Philips Hue Econic Outdoor on the outside of your home to keep the dark at bay. It's built to weather the elements. Whether you are spending time out on your deck or porch after dark, or you want to make it look like someone's home when you're away, this handy HomeKit-controlled outdoor light does the job.
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 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.
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.
If you're just looking to dip your toe into the HomeKit world, the smaller Meross Dimmable WiFi Table Lamp is a great place to start. It's simple and easy to use and doesn't take up much space either.
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