Best Smart Light Switches

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 18, 2018
Living in the 21st century is amazing, since everything is automated, voice-controlled, and futuristic these days. A smart dimmer switch is one of those things that you can acquire in order to make the first step towards modernizing your home and simplifying your life. Read on for the reviews of the five best smart light switches you can buy today. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Connectivity
Power
Compatibility
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The Kasa app is not only compatible with all smart lamps, sockets, and switches but also it allows managing TP-Link wi-fi extenders and some models of routers. Thanks to this, you can download one single app and use it for many purposes, saving your internal phone memory. 

CONS

The LED indicator is a bit too bright and might disturb your sleep.

OUR VERDICT

This Kasa switch is the perfect storm of features and quality for owners of smart homes. Adjust illumination, shut off electricity, turn wifi on and off, or take control of any other appliances that support this technology. The TP-Link HS200 is the best choice if you value having more options to work with.

detailed parameters
Connectivity

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)

No Hub required

Power

600W Incandescent (at 120V)

Compatibility

Android (4.1 or higher), iOS (9.0 or higher), Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Extras

LED indicator, face plate and wire nuts included

Dimensions

3.3 x 1.5 x 5 inches

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The model has a very powerful Wi-Fi adapter that guarantees stable connection with no signal loss.

CONS

Some complain about the faceplate being too big.

OUR VERDICT

While the Wemo system may take some time to set up and customize, the range of possibilities it can offer you is totally worth the effort. We wouldn't necessarily recommend it to those that seek simplicity but if you don't mind a bit of functionality on top of great performance, this switch can be a good option for you.

detailed parameters
Connectivity

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)

No Hub required

Power

600W Incandescent (at 120V)

Compatibility

Android (4.4 or higher), iOS (9.0 or higher), Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Extras

LED indicator, face plate and wire nuts included

Dimensions

3.31 x 2.12 x 5.07 inches

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Doesn't require drilling mounting holes in walls thanks to the adhesive strips at the back of the switch. All you need to do is simply press the switch onto the wall and it will stick to it in an instant. 

CONS

You'll need to make additional purchases in order to be able to fully utilize all of its functions. 

OUR VERDICT

Being more of a remote control than a mere switch, this model is easy to take along with you anywhere. It's easy to install and it features a whole array of illumination adjustments. When synergized with Philips hue bridge and Philips bulbs, the switch allows for using all of its capabilities to the fullest.

detailed parameters
Connectivity

ZigBee wireless technology

Requires Philips hue bridge and Wi-Fi for the full hue experience

Power

Up to 10 Philips Hue Lights (at 120V)

Compatibility

With Philips hue bridge: Android (4.4 or higher), iOS (9.0 or higher), Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple homekit

Extras

Adjustable brightness (11 levels), LED-indicator, installation-free wall plate (built-in adhesive strips)

Dimensions

~4 x 3 x 1 inches

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Compatible with practically all SmartHubs that use the Z-Wave Technology, perfect for those that already have one of these hubs.

CONS

Relatively low power when coupled with CFL/LED bulbs.

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a smart switch that will be not only convenient to use but also allow you to prevent energy waste, the GE 14294 is a great choice. Though it's a bit pricier than many average switches out there, it will allow you to save more in a long run.

detailed parameters
Connectivity

Z-Wave™ wireless technology

Requires Z-Wave™ compatible hubs

Power

600W Incandescent / 150W CFL/LED (at 120V)

Compatibility

Depends on Z-Wave compatible hub

Extras

Adjustable brightness, LED indicator, white and light almond paddles included

Dimensions

1.25 x 1.85 x 3 inches

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The app is very easy to use, making it great for senior customers and those inexperienced with technology.

CONS

Gets quite hot during operation.

OUR VERDICT

A 3-way dimmer for those that want to wire their illumination controls their own way. Of course, you also get the same convenience of dimming and turning off the lights from your own bed or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. A pretty solid choice for DIY lovers looking to customize their in-home lighting system.

detailed parameters
Connectivity

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)

No Hub required

Power

600W Incandescent / 300W CFL/LED (at 120V)

Compatibility

Android (4.1 or higher), iOS (9.0 or higher), Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Extras

Adjustable brightness, LED indicator, white and light almond paddles included

Dimensions

1.4 x 2.1 x 4.1 inches

Warranty

5 years

TP-LINK HS200

Shining Example of Quality

Modernizing your home means getting the most out of every appliance and device liked in your home network, so it only makes sense to want the same from the lighting system. Which is precisely why we recommend getting the TP-LINK smart Wi-Fi light switch HS200. Made by the renowned TP-LINK company, this small tool alongside its control app that can be downloaded from Play Market will let you do much more than simply dim the illumination.

The TP-LINK HS200 is coupled with the Kasa smartphone application, which provides control over most of the devices produced by TP-LINK, including lamps, bulbs, sockets, as well as wifi routers and extenders. You don't need to make any additional purchases or downloads, this single app will allow you to turn the Internet on/off, shut down electricity, turn the lights up or down remotely provided that there's Wi-Fi coverage in your house and Wi-Fi is enabled.

If you wonder about control types, you have more good news coming. The TP-LINK switch is compatible with Android 4.1 and up, iOS 9.0 and up, and, most importantly, Amazon Alexa. What this practically means is that you can be laying in your bed preparing to drift off to sleep and, instead of having to stand up to go to the switch, simply ask Alexa to turn the light off for you. Handy, isn't it?

Honestly, we even tried specifically to find some fault with the TP-LINK HS200 but the only thing that came that close was the LED indicator that some users may find to be too bright. Nonetheless, we do not consider it a big of a problem and those who don't plan to place it right in front of their eyes should not have an issue with it either. One of the other things that might slightly mar your impression of this product is its fairly high price, however, in view of the type of quality the product offers and the number of convenience features it includes, it's certainly worth it. So if you want more bang for your buck, the TP-LINK HS200 is the right choice for you.

Review of TP-LINK HS200 Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch

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Wemo F7C030fc

Put Your Lights on a Schedule

Looking for a smart light switch with Alexa support that won’t lose connection or lag? You’ve come to the right page because the Wemo F7C030fc is guaranteed to keep the signal going even when the router is far away, making it perfect for big homes and areas where internet is spotty.

The Wi-Fi adapter in this model is strong enough to keep the internet-controlled switch online at all times with no need for a hub. As long as you have your Android 4.4/iOS 9.0 smartphone with you or have access to Alexa, the lights in your home will be completely under your thumb. No need to come back home if you’ve left for work but realized that the light in the kitchen is on. A few taps on the screen of your phone and the whole system goes dark, simple as that.

Of course, the Wemo wifi smart light switch offers more than just remote control for your illumination. With the right lighting system, you can dim lamps, saving energy and customizing how bright the lamps will shine in your bedroom. Plus, you can set timers and schedules so that the overhead lighting turns on automatically in the morning, waking you up, or shuts down when you leave home.

The few complaints we do have are mostly tied to the design, which can be unusual for those used to regular switches that flip on/off instead of being simply pressed. Also, we would have liked access to more features, most of which you can get only if you customize the device by yourself. But that takes some know-how and we wouldn’t risk it.

All in all, a solid choice with some design issues but those looking for a basic wi-fi enabled switch might be overwhelmed. This is definitely aimed at tech-heads that can utilize its full potential.

Review of Wemo F7C030fc Light Switch, Wi-Fi enabled

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Philips 473371

Pocket-Sized Lighting System

Modern automatized homes are all about interconnectivity and synergies, which is what the Philips 473371 Hue Dimmer banks on. This small remote control can be connected up to 10 Philips Hue Lights via the Philips Bridge. If you have the necessary technology, the simple four-button tool turns into an all-in-one controller for lighting systems, capable of dimming lights, turning them on/off, and setting up “scenes”, which combine lamps from several rooms into one grid, so you can get the whole house illuminated with one button.

But don’t think that having other Philips tools is strictly necessary to take advantage of this remote’s capabilities or to appreciate its features. For example, the Hue Dimmer requires no installation via wires and such as the back of the faceplate has adhesive strips, which keep it stuck firmly to the wall. Alternatively, you can take the switch out of the plate and carry it in your pocket, foregoing the need for a smartphone app as a means of controlling illumination.

Of course, the device isn't flawless as, for example, if you carry the remote with you and turn the lights off as you go to bed, switching them on may take a bit as the Philips 473371 isn’t backlit so you’ll have to fumble for it in the dark. Plus, the buttons have no tactile markings to help you discern which is which, so get ready to be frustrated as you accidentally flip the remote over and spend 10 seconds trying to raise brightness by pressing the off button.

To sum up, while the Philips 473371 is a pretty solid smart switch, it does lag behind in terms of functionality with no timers or automatic shutoff available. But the easy installation process and the pocket-sized remote are a pretty clever design decision and we can still recommend the Philips 473371 to those seeking convenience with minimum effort required.

Review of Philips 473371 Hue Dimmer Switch Smart Remote

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GE 14294

Cut Your Energy Bill with the Z-Wave Dimmer

One of the main reasons to modernize your home is the pretty substantial savings you can make with smart technology. If that’s exactly what you want from your wireless light switch then the GE 14294 Z-Wave Plus could be the right pick for you. Using the synergistic Z-Wave Technology, this dimmer helps you control the illumination in your home and, if you have any other Z-Wave compatible appliances, create a network that keeps your home under your full control.

Couple this with any Z-Wave-supporting hub and you can use Alexa, your smartphone, tablet, or PC to dim lights, turn them off, set schedules for certain events, and, of course, turn the illumination in your home or separate rooms off from anywhere in the world.

A word of warning, though, the GE 14292 Z-Wave Plus works with CFL/LED, incandescent, and halogen bulbs but the former offer relatively low power and won’t let you take full advantage of the dimming capabilities. If you want to save money while still getting dimmable illumination that can be customized to your liking, we’d advise using the incandescent or halogen bulbs only.

Other than that, though, the GE 14292 Z-Wave Plus is a pretty solid choice. It may cost a bit more than the competing products but you’ll save money in the long run and extend the life of your light bulbs.

Review of GE 14294 Z-Wave Plus Wireless Smart Lighting Control

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Leviton DW6HD-1BZ

Affordable Choice

Automatizing is good but can cause troubles if you immediately shift from a full-on lighting system in your home to a single dimmer. If you worry that Wi-Fi might get spotty and you’d have to trek all the way to the dimmer, which may be placed in another room or even another floor of your home, what you need is a smart 3-way light switch, such as the Leviton DW6HD-1BZ.

Of course, while the Leviton DW6HD-1BZ allows you to ease into the transition towards a smart house, it still offers the same possibilities that you’d get with other high-tech models. You can control illumination with a special app, as long as your smartphone supports Android 4.1+ or iOS 9.0+, or with your voice if you have the Amazon Alexa. Plus, the interface of the app is quite basic and even inexperienced users will be able to gain full control of the lights without studying the instructions.

One thing you definitely need to be aware of is that the Leviton DW6HD-1BZ tends to heat up when it’s on. If you want to ensure that you’re using the smart dimmer safely, you should install some insulation to protect both the device and your walls.

In the end, though, this is a pretty affordable option for those looking to take their house into the future without jumping in headfirst. Try it out and see for yourself how convenient these illumination controllers can be!

Review of Leviton DW6HD-1BZ Decora Smart Wi-Fi LED Dimmer

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What Is a Smart Light Switch?

Flicking the lights on when you come home isn’t too much of a chore but as everything in our lives gets automatized, it's become possible to skip this step, thanks to the invention of smart home light switches. These small devices look just like regular lamp controls but unlike them, they are Wi-Fi-compatible and can be controlled via your smartphone or, in case the model you have supports Alexa or similar systems, via voice controls. Having one of such smart dimmers in your home you could be pulling into your driveway and get your home lit up instantly with a single tap of your finger. Plus, many of these remote control models offer an option to dim the illumination instead of turning it off completely which makes them perfect for installation in bedrooms allowing you to create an intimate mood.

After you buy your first smart lighting system and step on the road towards modernizing your house, consider getting smart locks that will allow you to secure your house in a smart way. And, of course, even the best smart light switch won't be able to demonstrate its full potential to you if you do not pair with the right set of bulbs.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-30 14:42:01