Best HomeKit light bulbs to use for your home in 2023

Adding HomeKit light bulbs to your home is one of the smartest things you can do in every sense of the word. All you need to do is make sure said light bulbs fit into the slot, and that they're HomeKit compatible and you're all set.

Once you've got that far, it's a simple matter of controlling your shiny new smart lights with the Home app on your iPhone or one of the best iPads.

Smart appliances are fantastically useful and creating Apple Shortcuts makes it even more of a breeze to use them. Create one and you can easily change the lights when you need some extra illumination or you can add them onto when you're playing a game. You can even ask Siri to switch on the nightlight for your child to help them go to sleep.

HomeKit light bulbs are relatively cheap these days, so if you want to try one out, you can always buy one of the best examples below, connect it to WiFi and see how you get on.

We've listed all the best HomeKit light bulbs for every situation below. If you're planning on making your whole home smarter, consider investing in one of the best HomeKit hubs or one of the many best HomeKit devices while you're planning things out.

Quick List


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. They're incredibly simple to use and once installed, you can just use Siri or your iPhone to turn your lights on or off. That goes for no matter where you are in the house too, so it's very flexible.

From there, you can get more creative with your HomeKit setup. That could mean adding on one of the best HomeKit cameras, or using one of the best HomeKit air quality sensors to ensure your home has the cleanest air possible. For bigger projects, there's always the best HomeKit security systems too.

In all cases, including the best HomeKit light bulbs, it'll all work with the Home App. You can use it to create scenes and have the lights do certain things when certain parameters are met. For instance, you could schedule the hall light to come on after you unlock the door via 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? 

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When buying smart light bulbs, it's important to consider compatibility. All the smart bulbs in this guide are compatible with Apple's HomeKit, but if you're looking for alternatives, you need to check they work with your current setup.

Matter compatibility is particularly useful. It's the new standard for smart home devices and it's backed by Apple, Google, Amazon, and many other big names. Matter is designed to increase interoperability between smart home devices across platforms. That means any accessory you buy with the Matter logo will be platform agnostic so if you ever want to switch away from HomeKit, you can. 

It's also important to think about what features you need most. Some people may only need a smart light bulb with simple white and yellow shades of light, while others may prefer one with millions of color. Predictably, the more features means the more expensive the light bulb, so think about what your priorities are.

Our recommendations

If you want the best smart light bulb on the market, the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 Bulb is the one for you. This smart bulb has an incredible 1,100 lumens of brightness and can display millions of colors. The LED bulb utilizes Thread networking technology which offers lightning-fast response times and excellent reliability.

It's ideal to go alongside any HomePod 2, HomePod mini or the latest Apple TV 4K in your home.

If you want to add smart capabilities without losing the vintage charm of a filament bulb, there's always Sylvania's gorgeous Smart+ bulbs. They provide the cool filament look while also offering Bluetooth fucntionalriy, so there's no need for a separate hub.

Whichever smart light bulb you go for, consider adding on a HomeKit light switch so you don't have to worry about wires or anything more than what you're already used to. While you're planning how to spruce up your home, consider adding on one of the best HomeKit ceiling fans. With the right set of shortcuts, you could even have it start the moment you turn a light on.

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's  Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.

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