LIFX Color and White Smart Bulbs (Wifi)
Let’s start with LIFX. LIFX has a great app – it’s easy to set schedules, pick a specific color – any color – from the entire color spectrum on their wheel, and choose scenes. Setup of LIFX bulbs is painless as well, though I recommend using your 2G network if you’ve got a 2G/5G split as I have. This is because most smart products do not play nice on 5G. They’ve got regular A19 bulbs, a mini A19 (downsized for smaller lamps/shades), BR30 lights and LED strip lights. Bulbs range from $44.99 to $79.99, with deals for buying in bulk. Their LED strip, the LIFX Z, starts at $89.99 for 2 meters.
Ilumi Color Smart Bulbs (Bluetooth)
The next company, ilumi, is newer to the smart product game, and had their humble beginnings in Kickstarter (a trend amongst smart lighting companies). They, too, have an A19, an indoor BR30, an outdoor BR30, and LED light strip kit. Most of these apps work the same, with minor differences, so I won’t get into that. Instead, let’s talk price.
Their smart bulbs range from $49.99 to $59.99, and they even have a smart outdoor flood for $69.99. Their 2 meter LED strip lighting kit goes for $89.99 as well. Something cool I discovered on the ilumi website is that you can choose to pay small monthly payments on the lights, which would be useful if you’re planning on getting a ton of these for your honey’s home theater.
Lightify Color Bulbs and Light Strips
Lightify, a brand by Osram/Sylvania, also has a fantastic app. We have a video of their LED light strips in action, and a demo of the app. The brand offers the same kind of scheduling, color selection, themes, and compatibility with your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. That’s right, you can activate these lights with your voice (you can also do this with the LIFX bulbs). “Alexa, turn on the theater lights,” is always more impressive than flicking a switch.
Sylvania has tons of lighting products, both for the home and commercial uses, but what should interest you are their A19 and BR30 flood lights, as well as the Lightify Flex RGBW strip lights. These are possibly the most affordable of the bunch, with their A19s being sold for around $36.99, and the strip lights for around $54. They’ve also got their Lightify Gardenspots, if you’re looking to illuminate your outdoor theater or garden.
Nanoleaf Aurora, and Aurora/Rhythm (wall Art)
The last lighting kit we have here for you has not been mentioned yet – we saved the best (well, perhaps the coolest) for last. The Nanoleaf Aurora is a 9-panel, completely customizable smart lighting solution that doubles as a work of art. You can arrange the panels in any configuration you like, add panels to the design with their expansion kits, and choose from an array of color patterns – or create your own. There are a number of presets that range from the festive to the seductive, playful to the-perfect-match-to-your-décor.
The original 9-panel kit goes for $229.99. Upon visiting their website, I’ve discovered that Nanoleaf has recently come out with a new version of the product called the Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm. This is the same idea as the Aurora, only it will vibe to your music, for the same price. Pretty awesome. If you’ve already got a Nanoleaf Aurora, you can purchase the Rhythm’s sound module to attach to your existing Aurora.
Fancy Nanoleaf Aurora wall art design
Enjoy the video below of the Nanoleaf Aurora in action before we move on to the rest of our projectors featured in this guide. This Aurora design is in Art's Living room, although he tells me, he just ordered two extension kits, so he's pulled the Aurora down, and reinstalling next week with a 15 panel pattern.
In this video clip, the walls really aren't black, but light grey, they only look dark in this photo because the Aurora is so much brighter than the wall.
Did we mention that Aurora is controllable from Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa? Well, it is!