Smart Bulb vs. Smart Switch: Which Is Best for You?

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Smart Bulb vs. Smart Switch: Which Is Best for You?
18 January, 2023

Ever find yourself in the smart lighting aisle wondering: what is a smart switch? How do smart bulbs work? Which one is best for my home and my needs?

Well, we completely understand. Smart lighting is still a relatively new technology for many people. And to get the bang for your buck, it helps to have answers to your questions—and a plan. So today, we’re going to compare the two most popular new-user products: smart bulb vs. smart switch. And we’re going to give you an expert breakdown on both, so you can decide which is the smartest choice for your home.

What Are Smart Bulbs?

Smart bulbs, including smart lighting fixtures, pair with a single app (e.g., the CYNC smart home app) that allows you to set schedules, control with voice assistants, control away from home, dim and brighten, as well as customize and save the perfect scene—all under one ecosystem. All Cync smart bulbs are available in two easy connection options. Both provide all the smart features you love. Choose the bulbs that work best for your lifestyle from our wide selection—which includes full color bulb options for interior and exterior fixtures, decorative led bulbs for chandeliers, and many more.

What Are the Advantages of Using Smart Bulbs in the Home?

Smart bulbs are the easiest way to get instant smart benefits. All you need to do is screw in a light bulb and connect it to the Cync App. Voila! Now you’re able to schedule your lights to turn on so you feel more comfortable when you get home from work at night. You can change the mood of a room in seconds with millions of colors and dimming capabilities at your fingertips—which is perfect for holidays or entertaining. And you can set and save scenes, control your lights from anywhere, and even pair with a voice assistant for voice control. So, if you’re looking for a solution that’s quick, easy, and colorful, starting with smart bulbs is a bright idea.

What Is a Smart Switch?

A smart switch can replace your traditional switch to give you smart control of your traditional non-smart bulbs. Which means you can keep all of your current bulbs and control them using the Cync App from anywhere, as well as through a connected voice assistant or right at the switch. We offer a variety of smart switches—including the new ceiling fan switch that controls the speed of your ceiling fan from anywhere. And of course, there’s our wireless smart switch that can be added anywhere on a wall—with no electrical box needed. May we suggest, right next to your bed or couch?

What are the Advantages of Using Smart Switches for the Home?

There are a few reasons to choose a smart switch over smart bulbs. For starters, let’s say you want to keep your current light bulbs—whether it’s because they’re too difficult to reach, you have multiple downlights and other specialty fixtures, or you’re simply happy with the light quality. Smart switches give you the complete smart experience of your current lighting with one installation. So now, you can group multiple bulbs together to turn them on/off with one touch of the switch or our app—which is great for large open kitchens or living rooms. You can also control lights away from home, set lighting schedules, and more. Plus, with a peel-and-stick backing, our wire-free switch option gives you the freedom to add a switch anywhere—offering touch control where it’s most convenient. Do any of these benefits match your needs? If so, it’s time to switch to a smart switch.

How Do Smart Bulbs Work with Smart Switches?

Like all our products, smart switches and smart bulbs pair seamlessly in the Cync App. With our wire-free and wired smart switch options, you can group your smart bulbs in the Cync app to get simple one-touch control of large areas and common spaces. In fact, you can use the Cync app to control your lights from anywhere and even turn them on when they’re turned off at the switch. Plus, they allow you to adjust the lighting temperature at the switch, control your ceiling fan and lights from your comfortable bed, and so much more. Sounds like a perfect smart pair!

Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Switches—Which Are Best for My Home?

Whether you opt for a smart bulb or a smart switch or both, you will experience the best that smart lighting has to offer. Smart switches give you the ability to make any of your existing light bulbs and fixtures smart, while smart bulbs give you the ability to play with color. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between the two. We thoughtfully developed our family of products, so every purchase comes with multiple life-enhancing benefits that work together seamlessly. This allows you to build onto your smart home as you see fit. And now that you have answers to some of your biggest questions, you can enter the lighting aisle ready to make a more informed decision for your unique home and needs. Happy smart shopping!

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