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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

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Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range of bias lighting colors for your TV, but no “true” white mode

If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-colored bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting strip makes for a solid choice.

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The MediaLight bias TV lighting review: Subtle bias lighting designed for videophiles

The MediaLight bias lighting strips are designed for discriminating viewers who want to enhance their TV’s visuals while preserving the integrity of the original image.

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Govee DreamColor for TV with Alexa review: This bias light uses a camera to sync with your TV screen

If you want more from your TV bias lights than a subtle glow that boosts contrast and eases eye strain, this responsive LED light strip from Govee is worth a try.

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Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb review: A $10 bulb built for the SmartThingsverse

Samsung SmartThings users will want to check out this inexpensive, dimmable, Zigbee, white-only LED smart bulb, but be aware of its limitations before you plop down your 10 bucks.

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Lutron Aurora review: A nearly perfect solution for Philips Hue smart bulbs

This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Light Switch 3-Way review: One of the best ways to render a three-way circuit smart

Excellent design, trouble-free installation, and elimination of the need for a matching switch gives Wemo another winner in the smart home space.

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Nanoleaf’s Canvas smart light squares are poised to take charge of all your HomeKit devices

An update to the Nanoleaf app for iOS will add Touch Actions, a feature that lets you tap specific Canvas light squares on your wall to control your various HomeKit devices.

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Braumm P11 WiFi Smart Plug review: This generic smart-home product gets the job done

A bare bones smart plug, priced accordingly.

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BioLite SolarHome 620 review: Here’s a box full of solar goodies that every homeowner should consider

Whether you need off-the-grid lighting or just an emergency power option, don’t overlook this simple kit.

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BenQ ScreenBar Lite review: A portable light for your laptop

The BenQ ScreenBar Lite is a great option for a portable desk lamp, but the cable and price may make you pause.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth + Zigbee smart bulbs review: The best smart lighting just got better (but no less expensive)

Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.

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Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

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New Philips Hue smart bulbs don’t need the Hue Bridge—but there’s a catch

Philips is shifting to a new chip that has both Bluetooth and Zigbee radios onboard, but most people will still want a Hue Bridge on their home network.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

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