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## What are Home Smart lights exactly?

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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### 1. How many lumens, or how much light do the bulbs create?

Lumens are a measurement used to indicate how much light these bulbs can produce on their highest setting.

### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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### 1. How many lumens, or how much light do the bulbs create?

Lumens are a measurement used to indicate how much light these bulbs can produce on their highest setting.

### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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They are lights capable of an increasing amount of options and features. Smart lights are still relatively new but with the technology and apps constantly updating and supporting them, it is something very desirable and comforting to own and control.

Smart lights can be controlled by your phone or tablet from anywhere you have internet access. That’s right, you could even be across the globe and be able to turn the lights on or off in your home!Setting up timers is a great feature smart lights offer your home and can even gradually turn on or off to mimic an internal sunrise and sunset for any time you would like!

A lot of smart lights have an incredible amount of white shades and hues to choose from. Whether you would like a relaxing glow from your light or an energizing buzz the smart lights can accommodate you.

## What to look for?

There are a lot of different light bulbs
that can sometimes have an overwhelming amount of different information. What does it all mean? What should I be looking for? These are robably questions you might have when reading about smart lights or light bulbs.

The most important information to look for when looking for new light bulbs will be some of these in no particular order:

### 1. How many lumens, or how much light do the bulbs create?

Lumens are a measurement used to indicate how much light these bulbs can produce on their highest setting.

### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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You might be thinking, what exactly are home smart lights anyways? Home smart lights are similar to comparing a smart phone
to a non-smart phone.

They are lights capable of an increasing amount of options and features. Smart lights are still relatively new but with the technology and apps constantly updating and supporting them, it is something very desirable and comforting to own and control.

Smart lights can be controlled by your phone or tablet from anywhere you have internet access. That’s right, you could even be across the globe and be able to turn the lights on or off in your home!Setting up timers is a great feature smart lights offer your home and can even gradually turn on or off to mimic an internal sunrise and sunset for any time you would like!

A lot of smart lights have an incredible amount of white shades and hues to choose from. Whether you would like a relaxing glow from your light or an energizing buzz the smart lights can accommodate you.

## What to look for?

There are a lot of different light bulbs
that can sometimes have an overwhelming amount of different information. What does it all mean? What should I be looking for? These are robably questions you might have when reading about smart lights or light bulbs.

The most important information to look for when looking for new light bulbs will be some of these in no particular order:

### 1. How many lumens, or how much light do the bulbs create?

Lumens are a measurement used to indicate how much light these bulbs can produce on their highest setting.

### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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You might be thinking, what exactly are home smart lights anyways? Home smart lights are similar to comparing a smart phone
to a non-smart phone.

They are lights capable of an increasing amount of options and features. Smart lights are still relatively new but with the technology and apps constantly updating and supporting them, it is something very desirable and comforting to own and control.

Smart lights can be controlled by your phone or tablet from anywhere you have internet access. That’s right, you could even be across the globe and be able to turn the lights on or off in your home!Setting up timers is a great feature smart lights offer your home and can even gradually turn on or off to mimic an internal sunrise and sunset for any time you would like!

A lot of smart lights have an incredible amount of white shades and hues to choose from. Whether you would like a relaxing glow from your light or an energizing buzz the smart lights can accommodate you.

## What to look for?

There are a lot of different light bulbs
that can sometimes have an overwhelming amount of different information. What does it all mean? What should I be looking for? These are robably questions you might have when reading about smart lights or light bulbs.

The most important information to look for when looking for new light bulbs will be some of these in no particular order:

### 1. How many lumens, or how much light do the bulbs create?

Lumens are a measurement used to indicate how much light these bulbs can produce on their highest setting.

### 2. What type of voltage do these light bulbs accept?

For North America you will need a voltage of around 110V to 130V input. When buying light bulbs look for this number, especially if you are a buying from somewhere that may also supply light bulbs with different voltages.

### 3. What type of fitting are the light bulbs?

In other words will they screw in and fit my outlet? The most common and popular fitting type in North America will be the E26 fitting, but there are a lot of different ones.

### 4. What is the lifespan of these light bulbs?

It’s a good idea to know how many hours, months or years these light bulbs are going to last you. This can help you save time and money on light bulbs in the future.

### 5. What kind of color temperature are these light bulbs?

Some light bulbs create very warm white lights and some create very cool white lights. This has been proven to affect people’s moods and sense of well being.

This is measured using a Kelvin light temperature. Generally most light bulbs you will encounter will range from 600-6500 Kelvin. A Warm White will be around 600-3000, but generally at the higher end. A Bright Whiteor Cool White will be 3500-4100 Kelvin and a brighter light known as Daylight will be 5000 and above.

### 6. Are the light bulbs dimmable or just a fixed setting?

If you have dimming capabilities in your home you will also need to ensure the light bulbs you buy are capable of dimming!

### 7. How many watts does your light bulb use?

This can be a great indicator of how much electricity the light bulb will use and how much money it is going to cost you. The lower the wattage, the less you pay. Smart light bulbs and LEDs generally use very few watts and will save you money year after year.

Let’s have a look at one of the smart lights and see what information we can learn from them.

### 8. What kind voice control it support

Usually smart bulb manufacturer will claim what kind of voice control or 3rd party service they support in product spec or directly print it on packaging box.

## Info on packaging box

These are Philips new smart hue bulb technology. Philips has 3 main different types of hue light bulbs. The white and color ambiance, the white ambiance and the white. All light bulbs are smart light bulbs and can be controlled using the Hue app. The ones above are the Philips hue white light bulbs.

### Lighting Facts on box

Take Philips Hue White bulb 4-pack as example:

1.The brightness listed is per bulb and is not the total of all 4 bulbs. The brightness of one of these bulbs is 840 lumens.

2.The color temperature of these smart lights sits at 2700 Kelvin. This is a very soft Warm White, and these smart light bulbs are fully capable of dimming.

3.You may notice the famous energy star logo that means this product is certified energy saving bulb.What is the energy star certified bulb?

The wattage these will use is 9.5watts. This links into the next item the box lists which is the Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. Thesebulbs are estimated at costing only \$1.14 per bulb per year.

4.They give these light bulbs a lifespan of 22.8 years. However this is based on a mere 3 hours a day of being turn on.

You can get the amount of hours these light bulbs are supposed to last by multiplying the amount of years by 365.25 days
and then by multiplying 3 hours per day.

This can be a bit misleading because it is based on having the lights turned on only 3 hours a day and based on an electricity rate of \$0.11 per kilowatt hour. Your light habits and area’s electricity rate could very well be different.

Using this formula I can then estimate the lifespan of these light bulbs, which is just under 25000 hours and any other lights bulbs in the future.

### lifespan formula

You can calculate this number for any light bulb by using this simple formula.

Light bulb wattage multiplied by amount of hours turned on in 1 year. Divide by 1000. Then multiply by your electricity rate.

I’ll use this 1 an example which is which is 9.5 watts, 3 hours a day for a year with an electricity rate of \$0.11.

3 *365 = 1095 hours of light bulb turned on for 1 year.

1095 hours of light turned on * 9.5 watts =10402.5 watts used in 1 year.

10402.5 watts / 1000 = 10.4025 kilowatts used in 1 year.

10.4025 kilowatts * \$0.11 = \$1.144275 cost per light bulb per year rounded down to \$1.14 per year.

### Other facts you need to check

On Philips Hue website,you can find the specification page like above,there might be other facts not list on the packing box.

1.The input voltage they will accept is between 110V to 130V which is perfect for anywhere in North America.

2.The fitting type is E26 fitting type, which is the most common type for US.

3.Bulb form is A19 that is standard shape in current market.

## Conclusion

No matter what type of light bulbs you have in mind, these 7 things are going to be the most important bits of information you should look for. I personally like to look for smart lights with low wattage LED bulbs that have warm white colors. I feel this saves me the most money and gives my rooms a cozier feel than other light bulbs. You will need to decide which shades of white, colors, brightness and size works for you, while also keeping the long term costs in mind as well.

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