We can say that smart bulbs or Wi-Fi are one of the first steps we take when we decide to automate a home. We have many options available and the truth is that prices are increasingly cheaper if we compare them with a few years ago. Now, not all smart bulbs are the same. In this article we are going to explain why and so you will have an idea if you decide to buy this type of device.
Differences in smart bulbs
If we focus on aspects of a smart bulb, one of the differences is the type of connectivity. Here you can find lights with Wi-Fi, but also others that have connectivity through the Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols. When you go to buy one, it is important that you look at this.
It should also be taken into account that not all of them allow you to use them through virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Home. Some you can only control through their application, while in some cases you can link them to other devices and thus have greater control. It is an aspect that you should analyze.
Not all allow you to adjust the brightness or even change the color. If you are interested in the bulb illuminating more or less in certain situations, as well as changing color if you want, you need to buy one that has these characteristics. You can see that in the specifications of each model.
In addition, you can find differences in terms of being able to program them or not. Some you will be able to set times so that they turn on and off by themselves, while on other occasions this will be more limited and you will have to do it manually, although you can always turn it on or off from your mobile phone.
Features like any bulb
Beyond the specifications of smart bulbs or Wi-Fi, you must also take into account other characteristics of any bulb. For example, you should look at the power it has, measured in watts or W. The higher it is, the more light power it has. That means it has more lighting capacity.
You should also look at the type of thread that bulb has. This is essential for the lamp where you are going to connect it, for example. You can see stockings like E27 or E14. This is key to compatibility.
Of course, the price is a clear difference. You will find smart bulbs from 8-10 euros. Generally you will pay between 10 and 15 euros. However, some can cost more than that amount. That will depend on the characteristics they have, the power, etc. But you can get an idea based on those prices and so you can choose which one best suits what you are looking for.
In short, as you can see, not all smart bulbs are the same. On the one hand, you must take into account aspects more typical of a smart device of this type, such as whether it can be controlled by voice or not, the type of connectivity or if you can program it. But you should also look at other more general aspects of traditional light bulbs, such as power or price.