As cool as smart lightbulbs are, there’s no getting past the fact that they can be very expensive per bulb. Kitting out a single room can easily cost over $100, and let’s not even get into the cost of replacing all the lighting in your home with smart bulbs. But, with smart light switches, you can actually build out your smart home while using the standard (and much more affordable) light bulbs you already have.
Let’s say you have a room with eight lights in it. If they’re all controlled by a single light switch, you can suddenly make them all work like smart lights by replacing that light switch with a smart one. That can give you scheduling, remote control, and plenty more for the lights in a whole room for the same amount of money you might have paid just to get a single smart lightbulb. Combine a few of these with some smart plugs, and you can really build out a smart home without having to replace many actual appliances. So, if you’re ready to make your home smarter with just the flip of a switch, check out our top picks.