Best HomeKit light bulbs for the Home app in 2023

The best HomeKit light bulbs are an easy and impactful way to add tech smarts and a range of cool features to your home. All you need to do is screw them in and turn them on. With Apple’s HomeKit smart home integration, you can then control your bright new smart lights with the Home app on your iPhone or iPad and turn them on and off with a voice command to Siri

There are plenty of smart light bulbs on the market, many of which are HomeKit compatible light bulbs and in this guide we’ve collected together our favorites. Whether you want to dip your toe into smart home tech and add one bulb to your bedside lamp to see what all of the fuss is about or replace all your regular old bulbs with the best HomeKit light bulbs and refresh your whole home, we’ve got the best options for you.

The best HomeKit light bulbs for a smarter and brighter home

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Who needs one of the best HomeKit lightbulbs?

The best HomeKit light bulbs are ideal for smart home beginners as they're one of the quickest ways to upgrade and expand your smart home with very little cost or commitment. Once installed, you can use Siri or your iPhone to turn your lights on and off, no matter where in the house you are. 

That's not to say that those who already own plenty of the best HomeKit devices won't benefit from new smart light bulbs too, as you can get creative about all of the ways your smart tech works together. The best HomeKit light bulbs will also work with the Home App, so that you can create scenes and have the lights do certain things when parameters are met. For example, you could schedule the hall light to come on when you unlock the door with one of the best HomeKit door locks.

If you want to add some smart lighting into your home but you've already got smart light bulbs or want a different option, then take a look at our best HomeKit light strips guide instead.

What should you look for in a HomeKit lightbulb? 

When you're buying a smart light bulb we recommend you first consider compatibility. All of the smart bulbs in this guide are compatible with Apple's HomeKit, but if you're looking for other options, checking they work with your current set up is a must.

Another key consideration is features. Some smart light bulbs offer very simple functionality, like just simple white and yellow shades of light, whereas other bulbs offer a choice of millions of colors. The more features generally mean a pricier bulb, so decide what's a priority and how much you're willing to spend. 

If you are looking for the best smart light bulb on the market, the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 Bulb is a fantastic option. This smart bulb boasts an incredible 1,100 lumens of brightness and can display millions of colors. This LED bulb utilizes Thread networking technology which offers lightning-fast response times and excellent reliability if you have a HomePod mini or the latest Apple TV 4K in your home.

Want to add some smart capability without losing the vintage charm of filament bulbs? Sylvania's beautiful Smart+ bulbs provide the hip filament look and Bluetooth functionality, enabling all of the goodies that HomeKit offers without needing a separate hub. Whichever bulb you choose, the best HomeKit light bulbs will give you all the benefits of a HomeKit light switch without messing around with wires.

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.