Since Google is the largest search engine in the world, it goes without saying that they were always going to have an edge over the competition as far as data is concerned. Because of this, Google Home will respond to voice commands and answer questions better than its competition. In most ways Google Home is going to be the most effective voice assistant, with the exception of one thing; it doesn’t have as much support — yet.
Generally, smart devices, such as smart lights, connect to your home’s WiFi and then your smart hub, like Google Home, will control them through the WiFi. So despite Google Home having a little less support than Amazon Echo (mostly because it’s fairly new), you can control most smart devices with it.
Why Smart Lights?
Smart bulbs can be kind of pricy, so you might be wondering why you should even bother in the first place. Have you ever wished you had a dimmer switch, but it was too much work to install? Well, smart lights usually can dim on their own without installing any switches. You can also turn them on and off with your phone, or on a schedule, saving you money on electricity. Not that they use much electricity in the first place. Most smart lights are LED lightbulbs which use very little energy.
They can also change colors, giving you the ability to change the mood in a room. And since you’re using a Google Home, it’s as simple as saying
“Ok Google, turn lights _____”,
and your new Google light will handle the rest. There are even studies that suggest changing your light to certain hues can improve melatonin production and help you sleep better.
Which Smart Lights for Google Home?
These days there are hundreds if not thousands of smart lights to choose from. Fortunately, finding the really well made and popular smart lights is not too difficult. And since one of the most popular things to do with smart lights is to connect them to a smart hub like Google Home, it goes without saying that the most popular brands are compatible. So, here’s a list of our favorite smart lights:
The Philips Hue was one of the first available smart lights on the market, making its debut in October 2012. But just because it’s been out for a few years doesn’t mean its outdated technology. In fact, we think it’s still the best smart light out there to date.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to adding smart home features to your home is to take small steps. With Philips Hue you can grab a second generation starter kit, which comes with its own bridge, on Amazon for under $200. Once you’ve got a few bulbs set up, you can start adding more bulbs in throughout your house if you want.
What really sets Philips Hue apart is the seamless compatibility between their app and other apps like Google Home. You can assign your lights to different themes and easily connect it to voice commands. You can also connects your lights to a security system, that way if your carbon monoxide sensor goes off, you can have all the lights in the house turn flashing red. If you’re hearing impaired or just listening to music you will immediately know something is going on.
Lifx started out as a tiny Kickstarter project a few years ago and has now grown as a contender for best smart lights. The lights themselves have a full 16 million colors (over 1000 shades of white alone) and a maximum brightness of 1,100 lumens.
The best part of Lifx, you don’t need a hub. That’s right, all your lifx bulbs can connect to your smart devices right out of the box. And at a price lower than Philips Hue, these bulbs are definitely a great option.
If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further. The Nanloeaf Aurora is a modular smart lighting system that will definitely add some serious wow factor to your home. They come in modular triangle shapes that you can arrange any way you want, giving your home a futuristic look. You can even use the app to customize each panel and send unique movement patterns through your lights.
It also seamlessly connects to Google Home and installs with double sided mounting pads, making them extremely easy to install.
Whether you’re looking to jazz up your home decor or you’re just looking to save some money, there are plenty of smart lighting options for your Google Home. Once you name your lights, using Google to turn them on or change the color is as easy as “OK, Google, turn the desk lamp green.” Get you home set up with smart lights today, save money, sleep better, and impress your guests.