The Best Smart Light Switches for 2021

Do you like the idea of ​​saying “Alexa, turn off the lights” and have the lights turn off without you getting up from the couch? If so, a smart light switch might be right for you. Smart light switches let you turn your lights on and off using an app on your phone or a voice assistant like Alexa. Relatively easy to install, there are hundreds of different types and brands to choose from. In this piece, we break down our choices for the best smart light switches.

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Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer

When it comes to smart lighting systems, this switch from Lutron is one of the easiest to install and most feature-rich on the market. This smart light switch does not require a neutral wire. Plus, it offers geofencing capabilities, which means your lights can automatically turn on when you get home and turn off when you leave. You can also schedule them to turn on or off by themselves at certain times of the day. The switch itself is very functional, with different buttons indicating exactly what your options are, whether you want to turn off the lights or adjust the brightness. Want to use voice commands to control the lights? Integrate the Lutron Switch with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri to get started.

Keep in mind that you will need to get the Lutron Smart Bridge in order to use full functionality with all Lutron products, including Caseta. You can buy a starter kit, which includes the bridge and a remote control. The bridge must be plugged into your home router so that you can control the lights on your electronic device, such as a smartphone.

WeMo Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer

Looking for a dimmer that doesn’t require you to buy a whole new set of home bulbs? This one from WeMo will calibrate for any type of bulb. The Switch also has some cool design touches that put it ahead of the competition. For example, you can use a finger to control the brightness by running it along the gutter in the center of the switch. Whatever light the switch is paired with will darken or brighten accordingly. The switch also offers a night mode which gives you just enough light to find the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The WeMo app offers even more, including the ability to review your home’s electricity usage and control multiple WeMo devices. The WeMo Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT and HomeKit. Plus, you don’t need a hub, so you can set up your smart light switches for a low initial cost.

GE C-Start smart switch

The C by GE is a powerful amalgamation of minimalist design and easy performance. The casual design of the plate is not overbearing or annoying, but is actually pleasing to the eye. The controls are simple touch-and-slide gestures, and the tiny rings of lights make this an effective (but not dominant) nightlight.

Scheduling and remote control is handled by the GE C app, but the Switch is also compatible with voice commands via Google Assistant or Alexa, giving you many different ways to control it, including dimming options. Alone, the GE C-Start smart switch is also incredibly adaptive: it can automatically dim or brighten the lights based on the natural light it senses in the space or if it detects movement in the area.

TP-Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch

Part of the Kasa smart device family, the TP-Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch enables detailed planning settings through the Kasa Smart app.

The TP-Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is a simpler switch than some on our list, but a great choice for those looking for minimalist designs or those who love TP-devices and want to keep all of their devices linked and integrated. It also has great voice control options, offering compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, and even Cortana. The Kasa app has a presentation specifically designed to help homeowners install this switch on their own, something more smart switches should offer.

Instinct iDevices

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There is nothing better than having a virtual assistant at your disposal. With iDevices Instinct, a smart light switch with built-in Alexa functionality, that’s precisely what you get. Since Alexa is behind the device, it basically works like any other smart speaker that uses Alexa. From the ability to turn on / off various lights connected to the Amazon Alexa ecosystem to checking your future calendar appointments, Instinct does it all. There’s also a blue ring on the switch itself to indicate Alexa’s responses and other functions. The ring also serves as a practical night light.

What we like about the Instinct iDevices is that it offers additional sensors in the package. For example, light and motion sensors can automatically turn on your lights