You’re settled in with your popcorn, your cozy blanket, and your dog with his head on your lap, ready to watch your go-to feel-good movie—and you realize your lights are still on.
Best Smart Light Switches of 2020
And smart light switches aren’t just for your inner couch potato. They can also help you limit energy use and discourage burglaries if you’re out of town.
There are quite a few to choose from, so we’re here to help you find the right one for your home and wallet.
Our favorite smart light switches
- Wemo Smart Light Switch: Best Dimmer
- TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch: Best Basic Switch
- Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit: Best Starter Kit
- Switchmate: Best for Quick Installation
- Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch: Best for Philips Hue Smartbulbs
|Best for||Best dimmer||Best basic switch||Best starter kit||Best for quick installation||Best for Philips Hue smartbulbs|
|Product name||Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer||TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch||Lutron Caséta Dimmer Switch Starter Kit||Switchmate||Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch|
Yes (comes in kit)
Yes (Hue hub)
|Installation||Hardwired||Hardwired||Hardwired||Snaps on existing toggle switch||Mounts anywhere using adhesive pads or screws|
|Needs neutral wire|
|Compatibility||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Nest, IFTTT||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT, and more||Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, IFTTT, and more|
|Learn More||Read our overview||Read our overview||Read our overview||Read our overview||Read our overview|
Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer | Best dimmer
Wemo Smart Dimmer pros and cons
- No hub required
- Compatible with most normal light bulbs
- Neutral wire required
Why we like the Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer
Wemo’s smart dimmer is our favorite smart light switch because it includes time-saving features without getting too pricey or complex. Plus, unlike some other smart switches, it works over your home’s existing Wi-Fi instead of using an additional Z-Wave or Zigbee hub, which helps keep your costs down.
This smart switch lets you turn your lights on and off with an app and set lighting schedules. It also offers an Away mode that randomly turns your lights on and off to help convince would-be bandits that someone is home.
And because the Wemo switch works as a dimmer, you can adjust your lights to use less energy, set a mood, or reduce eye strain when you’ve got a headache.
Plus, since this smart dimmer is compatible with Alexa, Google, and Apple devices, you can pair it with a smart speaker to add voice control to your lighting setup.
TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch | Best basic switch
TP Link Kasa pros and cons
- Budget-friendly price
- Stylish design
- No hub required
- Neutral wire required
- No dimming feature
Why we like the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch
We love the Kasa smart switch because it’s affordable—great if you want to outfit your whole home with smart switches rather than just one room. It can’t dim your lights, but it does let you control lights with an app and program schedules. Handy features if you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy use.
It also works with Alexa devices and the Google Home, which means you can control lights with your voice if you connect the switch to a smart speaker.
Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit | Best starter kit
Lutron Caséta pros and cons
- No neutral wire needed
- Light switch and dimmer functions
- Simpler installation
- Hub required
Why we like the Lutron Caséta starter kit
Lutron Caséta’s smart lighting dimmer kit is an excellent product, but we ranked it a bit lower because it requires a hub and because the dimmer switch alone usually costs about the same amount as switches that don’t need hubs.
But if you don’t mind paying a bit more for a hub, Lutron’s kit is extremely capable—you get app control, dimming abilities, and scheduling. You can also sync it with other smart home devices to program scenarios. For example, once you have the Caséta Smart Bridge, you can sync your lights with Serena window shades.
Plus, the kit comes with a remote. After you install the switch in your wall, you can stash one by your couch or nightstand so you can turn your lights off and on even if you’re burritoed in a blanket.
Easy-install smart switches to consider
Replacing your current light switches with any of the switches listed above will require a bit of electrical work.
If you’re not up for digging out your tool set, finding your electrical breaker, and rewiring things, we sympathize. But don’t worry—you can still live your dream of controlling lights without getting off your couch. The smart switches below can be installed without any tools or electrical work.
Best for quick installation | Switchmate
Switchmate pros and cons
- Easy installation
- Low price
- Limited compatibility
- Clunky looking
Why we like the Switchmate
The Switchmate isn’t the prettiest smart switch out there, but it’s the simplest to install. You just snap it in place over your existing toggle-style light switch (there's also a version for rocker-style switches). It shouldn’t take you more than a few seconds. You won’t need any extra equipment like a hub.
It’s a bit clunkier looking than the rest of the smart switches listed here, but it includes motion detection, voice control, and a mobile app, so if you want the perks of a smart switch without the hassle of wiring, the Switchmate is a great solution.
Best for Philips Hue smartbulbs | Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch
Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch pros and cons
- Easy installation
- Place anywhere
- Hub required
Why we like the Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch
This switch won’t do you any good unless you already own Philips Hue smart lights, which is why we didn’t recommend it higher in the article. (Especially since a Philips setup requires a hub that costs about $60.)
That said, it’s a fantastic switch if you’ve already got the Philips hub and smart bulbs. It costs quite a bit less than most smart switches and installation is so easy it’s basically inconsequential—the base sticks onto the wall with built-in adhesive—no wires or screws needed.
Since the Hue dimmer doesn’t have to replace an existing light switch, you can place it wherever is most convenient, whether that’s next to your bed or on the wall by your front door. The actual switch snaps into the base magnetically, which means you can remove the switch from the wall whenever you want and use it as a remote.
Other products we considered
The Ecobee Switch+ is unique because it has built-in Amazon Alexa voice controls. This means you can talk to the switch to control lights, music, you thermostat, or just ask Alexa about the weather.
Unfortunately, the Switch+ seems to be plagued by performance issues according to customer reviews. This is enough to keep it out of our top rankings, but damned if it isn't a fascinating product anyway.
Smart light switches are a great, affordable solution if you’re looking for ways to save energy and make your life a little simpler. Any of the switches on this list will do the job, but we think the Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer is the best solution for most people.
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