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We rec­om­mend some of the best smart light­ing kits to get you started.

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El­gato Avea £40 el­

Some­thing of an od­dity, El­gato’s Avea bulbs – and Flare lamps – con­nect to your iOS de­vices us­ing Blue­tooth rather than Wi-Fi. The app lets you se­lect dif­fer­ent colours, and in­cludes at­mo­spheric light­ing ef­fects. How­ever, the 430lm bright­ness is rel­a­tively mod­est, and best for mood light­ing.

LIFX Color 1000 £60

LIFX Color bulbs have all the Wi-Fi tech built into them, so they don’t need a sep­a­rate net­work adap­tor. That does make them a bit pricey, but they’re quick and easy to use, and in­clude handy op­tions such as re­mote ac­cess when you’re away from home (but there’s no HomeKit sup­port yet).

Nanoleaf Smarter Kit £80

The Smarter Kit is good value and in­cludes a net­work adap­tor and two rather odd-look­ing black bulbs. It works with HomeKit, so it’s easy to set up from iOS, and you can con­trol it with Siri. Our only com­plaint is the white-only bulbs, though a colour one is com­ing.

Os­ram Light­ify CLA 60 £35 os­

Though you have to buy Os­ram’s ‘gate­way’ (£35), the Light­ify range isn’t too ex­pen­sive. We found this colour bulb ver­sa­tile. HomeKit isn’t sup­ported, but the app pro­vides good colour con­trols, sched­ul­ing op­tions, and easy-to-use re­mote con­trol away from home.

Philips Hue Starter Kit £150

This is one of the more ex­pen­sive op­tions, but it in­cludes three colour bulbs and a net­work adap­tor, so you can play with smart light­ing in sev­eral rooms. Its app is fea­ture-packed, in­clud­ing colour se­lec­tion and sched­ul­ing, and HomeKit and Siri are sup­ported.

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