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Smart LED mood lights: 5 systems from Nanoleaf to Philips Hue

Would you like atmospheric light for a romantic couple’s evening? Cool lighting for your favorite hits? Smart lighting systems adapt the light in your home to your mood or specific occasions in a matter of seconds. In this overview we have put together seven mood lights and lighting systems with LED technology for you.

Philips Hue: Compatible with other lighting systems

The LED mood lights from Philips Hue always immerse your home in the desired light. Would you like suitable lighting for cuddling, for your favorite series or the current hits? With the Hue app you select the optimal lighting scenario. Practical: Philips Hue is compatible with third-party apps, you can integrate the lights into another lighting system.

Up to 50 Hue lamps and lights can be connected and controlled using a so-called bridge. If you use the starter set with a motion detector, you can get started in no time. Since the system communicates with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant, you can also conveniently control the lighting using voice commands.

In addition to mood lights, the Philips Hue system also includes outdoor lighting. Practical: Special features such as “Mimic presence on motion” pretend that someone is at home when you are away – this deters burglars.

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Qivicon, SmartHome, ZigBee, Alexa, Google Assistant


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Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm: Pulsating Triangles

Featuring Aurora Rhythm by Nanoleaf up to 30 LED panels immerse your four walls in atmospheric light, the system also independently adjusts its effects to the music currently playing. The panels can be put together as desired, so that you can determine the shape and size of the entire panel yourself.

In addition to the preferred color palette, light scenarios, alarms and automatic actions can also be set via the associated app. Nanoleaf mood lights are also compatible with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant. So you can integrate your lighting into your smart home and control it by voice command.

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant


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Lifx lights: play of light without a bridge

The smart ones Lifx mood light bulbs do without a central connection unit like a bridge. They can be controlled via WiFi and app as well as via voice assistant. If you want it to be particularly convenient, you can use one of the various automation options. Thanks to the manufacturer-independent IFTTT technology, you can integrate the lamps into an existing smart home system.

The LED lamps of the Lifx series are available in different white and colored variants. You simply screw them into a common standard socket – and you can already bathe your home in rainbow colors or imitate natural sunlight.

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Nest, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, Flic, Scout


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Ledvance Smart+ lights: Osram’s heritage

In 2016, the traditional manufacturer Osram spun off its lamp division for end consumers from the company and offered it for sale. LED, traditional lamps and the company’s smart home products are now distributed by Ledvance. Of course, the good quality of the lamps was retained.

With the Smart+ lights Ledvance now offers the successors to the Osram Smart+ lights. The light bulbs and LED strips can be conveniently controlled using the Ledvance Smart+ WiFi app, a bridge is not required for use. If desired, the lamps can also be integrated into Smart Home and controlled with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Compatible with: Google Assistant, Alexa, ZigBee


Ledvance Smart+ lights
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Ikea Tradfri system: Smart lighting from the furniture store

With the Tradfri series, Ikea also has smart LED mood lights in its range. They can be combined into groups using a central control unit and controlled using the associated app, remote control or dimmer. The lighting system also responds to voice commands. In addition to white tones, there are of course also colored light scenarios to choose from.

The remote control can be used to control up to ten LED lights at the same time, with a maximum range of ten metres. In addition to LED bulbs, the Tradfri range also includes light panels and LED doors for Ikea furniture. Particularly practical: if desired, the smart lights can be integrated into the Philips Hue system and then controlled via the associated Philips app.

Compatible with: Philips Hue, Alexa, Apple HomeKit, ZigBee, Google Assistant

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