Technology keeps spreading to every part in human life. First to the computers and phones. Now, has gone to the speakers, TVs, and even the cars. The smart house level is still centuries away, but there are some faucets inside the house where technology is catching up. Take for example the lights. There was the Clap-on device back in the early 90’s. In two decades, lighting has become a little more advanced. Companies have introduced the smart lighting system for the modern world. What is smart lighting? As TechRadar puts it,

“Smart lighting is lighting that you can control from an app, usually on your Apple or Android phone. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have coloured LEDs you can change their colours too.”

This would be perfect to use for the kitchen. But which brand in perfect for you? Protect America took the time to examine each brand. Only four made the cut. These four brands can all be found at Amazon for a low price.

  • Phillips
  • GE
  • Lifx
  • Cree


Phillips has been around since 1891. In all of those years, they have grown and evolved to keep up with modern day. They have produced three bulbs for smart lighting: the Phillips Hue White, White Ambiance, and the White and Color Ambiance. All three of them use WiFi and ZigBee for connections. They are also Alexa, Apple, HomeKit, IFTTT, and Nest. Each of these beauties will last your twenty-three years. At sixty watts, the bulbs are dimmable. The White and Color Ambiance comes in white and colors. Plus, the light color temperature for the Hue White is 2,700 K. The light color temperature for the White Ambiance and White and Color Ambiance range from 2,000 to 6,500 K. The lights are easy to schedule around daily life.


Like Phillips, GE has been around for a long time. General Electric first started in 1892 and have been growing and changing ever since. GE has two bulbs for smart lighting: C and Link Connected LED. The C uses Bluetooth while the Link Connected uses WiFi and ZigBee. It is not known what the C will use, but the Link Connected is Alexa-friendly. Both bulbs will last about twenty-three years total. There is no color for them both. They are available only in white. But, they both are dimmable at 60 watts. The light color temperature for the C ranges from 2,000 to 7,000 K. Link Connected has a light color temperature of 2,700 K. The lights are easy to schedule around daily life.


Lifx is a bit of a newer company compared to GE and Phillips. They were established in 2012, but they have been doing rather well for themselves. They have the Lifx Color for smart lighting. The bulb only uses WiFi for connectivity. It is also Alexa, IFTTT, and Nest-friendly. The bulb either comes in white or colored and is dimmable at 70 watts. The lifespan will last for twenty-three years. The Lifx Color has a light color temperature of 2,500 to 9,000 K. The light is easy to schedule around daily life.


Cree is a little bit older than Lifx, but still younger than Phillips and GE. It was first formed in 1987 and they too have been going strong. Their smart light bulb is called Connected LED Bulb. It uses WiFi and ZigBee for connectivity and is only Alexa-friendly. The only color that it comes in is white. But, the lifespan will last for twenty-three years. Plus, the bulb is dimmable at 60 watts. Connected LED has a light color temperature of 2,700 K. The light is easy to schedule around daily life.

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