Best smart light switch for 2022
(Pocket-lint) – Although smart lights can be controlled by voice and regular lights work just fine with switches, sometimes you want the best of both worlds. That’s where smart light switches and dimmers come in, with their capabilities extending far beyond a normal wired light switch – while still being simple enough for the whole family to use.
Like everything else in the smart home, however, there are a few things to understand before buying.
Most of the best smart switches offer compatibility with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, but installation methods vary. Some will only need an adhesive tab, but others will need wiring – so make sure the screwdriver is handy.
For reference, wall-mounted options tend to give you smart control over regular lights, while remote-type switches that you stick to the wall often aim to give you more control over smart lights already installed.
If you’re ready to take this lighting setup to the next level, we’ve detailed some of the best options to help you decide.
The best smart light switches available to buy
Kasa Smart Light Switch by TP-Link (HS200)
There are plenty of smart home devices under TP Link’s Kasa range, but one of the best is the company’s Smart Light Switch.
When it comes to installation, it’s one of the easiest methods that isn’t just about, you know, sticking an adhesive on the wall. The Kasa app will walk you through each step, but all you have to do is find the neutral wire behind your regular switch and configure it from there.
Plus, no hub is required, with the switch essentially giving you the ability to turn on your regular lights the smart way. This means you can control them from the app or using your voice and even set schedules for them.
Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer
Philips offers another kind of smart switch with its wireless dimmer, which basically exists to give users another way to control their Hue-enabled lights.
Instead of requiring installation to replace your existing switch, the remote is designed to be placed next to it with an adhesive strip. You’ll need a Hue hub, but if you have one, it’s a simple way to back up the app and voice control with something manual.
On the switch itself, you can dim and brighten the lights you’ve set up to work with the remote, as well as turn them on and off.
Wemo light switch
Belkin’s Wemo smart alternative works the same as other replacements for regular switches, working with Alexa and Google Assistant to give you ample control.
You will need a single pole connection and a neutral wire, the switch is not compatible with three way systems, but once you are set up you will be able to control the lights and program using your voice or the application.
It’s a bit pricey compared to similar options, but it’s a super reliable system that’s easy to set up.
Philips Hue faucet
Like Philips’ dimmer, the Tap is a type of wall-mounted smart switch that offers better manual control of your Hue lights.
The four buttons let you jump between different customizable scenes, with the unit itself smartly powered by kinetic touch. This means there are no batteries required – you can just stick the mount to the wall or use it as a remote control and it will still be usable.
It’s less of an essential switch than the Hue Dimmer, but it’s a really handy way to change the mood with, well, just a simple touch.
Meross smart light switch
Unlike many other options, which only work with single-pole connections, Meross allows you to replace your usual fitting with this two-way smart switch.
The device is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to enjoy voice control of your lights, as well as app commands.
Just be aware that your switch wiring will require at least one blue neutral wire to install, which many older homes don’t have.
Gosund smart light switch
Gosund offers another take on the classic smart switch style, upgrading your usual fixtures into more functional members of the home.
You get all the typical functionality once you set things up, meaning scheduling, voice control (via Alexa or Google Assistant), app control, and more. are at your disposal.
Like other fittings of this type, just know that it will not work with three-pole connections, but single-pole. They will also need a neutral wire to settle.
Sonoff touch wall switch
Sonoff’s Touch Smart Switch is a beauty, giving you one of the most stylish and affordable ways to add more functionality to your regular light switch.
The device is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, with this supported by app control and the ability to create scheduling routines and lighting scenes.
Just note that installation will require a neutral wire and the switch itself will only work with one-way connections (although Sonoff also offers two-way and three-way options).
Treatlife Smart Light Switch
If you want to install many smart switches in your home, it can start to get expensive.
With Treatlife’s four-pack, however, you can skip regular changes and still have enough money to pay your mortgage.
It’s the same single-pole neutral wire configuration as other switches, with the device itself opening up a world of scheduling, automation via Alexa or Google Assistant, manual app control, and more.
Written by Conor Allison.