Best Smart Light Switches for 2020
Smart light switches can bring functionality and convenience to your home with customized lighting configurations, timers, scheduling and automation.
Choose the Best Smart Light Switches for Your Smart Home
If you’re new to smart light switches, check out 7 Savvy Answers to Common Questions About Smart Light Switches for good background. Efficiency is probably the biggest advantage. A few smart switches can control most of your lights, although you do sacrifice some individual control and customization this way. That’s easier than replacing all your bulbs.
Here are six smart light switches to consider adding to your smart home.
Lutron Caseta In-Wall Smart Dimmer Switch
Lutron brings its lighting control experience to its rock-solid line-up of smart switches. The Lutron Caseta In-Wall Smart Dimmer Switch Starter Kit is a great solution if you want an integrated, professional-looking in-wall smart switch.
This kit includes the required Smart Bridge and a Pico remote switch (basically a portable copy of the in-wall switch). It provides the smooth on/off and dimming control you’d expect, scheduling and timers with its mobile app, and voice control via Alexa, Google Assistant or HomeKit.
You can also buy a kit that includes the Pico Adapter, which allows you to mount the remote switch on another wall. That gives you a second in-wall switch, without the wiring.
Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch
The Philips Hue smart home ecosystem is one of the most robust and well-developed of any smart home product collection, and their Hue Smart Dimmer Switch upholds that reputation.
Providing easy stick-anywhere wall installation and a magnetic portable remote control, this switch makes an excellent addition, especially if you’re already set up with Hue smart lights.
With the ability to control any or all of the Hue lights in your house, turn them on/off, dim and brighten or sequentially select your custom lighting scenes, it’s a powerful tool to add to your Hue toolbox. And the portable remote control can be particularly useful for the elderly or anyone with mobility challenges.
Lutron Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer
The Lutron Aurora Smart Bulb DimmerSwitch pulls off an innovative new trick — it makes your old light switch disappear! By fitting over the top of the existing manual toggle switch, this smart switch cleverly solves a persistent problem for stick-on switches — they can be disabled when someone turns off the manual switch.
This switch is a great option for anyone who wants a quick stick-on smart switch upgrade, but also wants to take the old switch out of service. Once the small puck-shaped switch is in place, it locks the old switch in the on position. Then you can tap it to turn on/off, or rotate it to dim or brighten the lights.
The switch is made to work exclusively with the Philips Hue ecosystem, but it definitely scores points for creativity.
Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Switch
Leviton is another company that delivers innovative, quality in-wall smart light switches. Their Decora line features multi-location three-way switching that allows up to 10 switches on the same circuit.
Start by choosing your master switch, either a Decora Smart Coordinating Switch for WiFi connection and voice control compatibility, or a Decora Digital Switch for Bluetooth. Then you can add up to nine Decora Digital Matching Dimmer Remote Switches.
From there you can control your switches remotely or set timers/schedules with the Leviton app, or add voice control to the WiFi switch with Alexa or Google Assistant. They also sell a different version that works only with HomeKit. No hub is needed but a neutral wire is required for installing all of these in-wall switches.
WeMo Smart Light Switch
The Wemo switch does not require a hub. It connects directly to WiFi, which can be good for simplicity as long as you have reliable Wi-Fi coverage. With the Wemo app you can control the switches remotely, set light schedules and timers, or set up groups, which allow you to turn on or off groups of lights with a two-second press on the smart switch.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Light Switch
For the best budget-friendly solution with a clean look, check out the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200. This in-wall switch provides simple on/off functionality, scheduling and timers with the Kasa app, or voice control with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, IFTTT, Nest and others. No hub is required, but in-wall installation requires a neutral wire.