Best smart bulbs for Apple

Smart bulbs that work with Alexa or Google Home aren’t always the best smart bulbs for Apple HomeKit. If you’ve had compatibility issues in the past or trouble keeping your Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad, HomePod, or iPhone connected to your smart bulbs and other smart home devices, the answer is to buy Apple-supported smart home goods.

There’s no shortage of options out there, and yep, it can be overwhelming. We’re here to break down the best smart bulbs for Apple users.

Philips Hue Smart 75W A19 LED bulbs

Philips Hue 75W smart bulb

Philips Hue Smart 75W A19 LED smart bulbs fit all standard outlets and give off a soft, warm white light. Lights are controllable with the free Hue app and Apple HomeKit and also work with Google Assistant and Alexa. Hue bulbs are dimmable, can be set on a home automation schedule, or turned on with your voice using any Apple HomeKit hub, like the HomePod Mini 2.

Philips Hue smart bulbs for Apple are at Amazon and Best Buy

Nanoleaf Essentials Matter A19

Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulbs for Apple

Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulbs are backed by Matter and work with every home hub and operating system, including iOS and Apple HomeKit. These color-changing bulbs display up to 16 million color options, helping you set the mood for every situation. Nano Essentials gives you the option to set Scenes and schedules that automatically turn bulbs on and off at specific times and days and switch light colors depending on your activity. You can set the scene for movie night or a late work session.

You’ll find Nanoleaf Essentials at Apple and Best Buy

Sengled A19 LED smart bulbs

Sengled color-changing smart bulbs for Apple

Sengled smart bulbs have an easy setup with Apple HomeKit, as well as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. The bulbs connect to your home Wi-Fi and can be operated hands-free with any Apple device or with the free app. These Sengled bulbs are 800 lumens, multicolored, and simple to operate on a schedule, with Scenes, or manually. They’re also the least expensive smart bulbs for Apple on this list.

Grab Sengled smart bulbs at Best Buy and Amazon

Meross dimmable smart light bulbs

Meross smart light bulbs for Apple

This twin-pack of dimmable Wi-Fi LED bulbs from Meross fit standard light sockets and push out 900 lumens, the equivalent of a 60W bulb. The newly-upgraded Meross bulbs offer 900 lumens of warm white light or you can cycle through a huge variety of colors to set the scene for movie night or a romantic dinner for two. Meross smart bulbs are fully compatible with Apple HomeKit and support routines and schedules.

Meross smart bulbs are available at Amazon and Meross

WiZ 60W A19 LED smart bulbs

WiZ smart bulbs for Apple HomeKit

WiZ smart bulbs are indoor LED lights that connect to your Wi-Fi and work like a charm with all Apple-connected devices and Apple HomeKit hubs. When you have two smart bulbs, you can activate SpaceSense, which turns lights off and on automatically when motion is detected. No more coming home to a dark house! WiZ smart bulbs let you schedule routines and scenes, are energy efficient, and display 16 million colors from cool white to dark red.

WiZ smart bulbs for Apple HomeKit are on Amazon

Honorable mentions

Now that Matter has gone mainstream, it’s easier than ever to find Apple HomeKit-compatible smart bulbs. The five LED bulbs listed above are our tried and true favorites, but these also rank high on our list.