The 8 Best Smart Light Switches of 2020

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Best Overall: Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch

When it comes to smart light switches, Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch has it all. Yes, it’s pricier than some of the other options on our list, but the extra features are worth it. First, it controls more lights than most other switches – each dimmer switch controls up to 17 bulbs per circuit (based on an 8.5-watt LED bulb or 60-watt incandescent bulb). Second, this Lutron dimmer switch can be controlled using a voice assistant, with your smartphone using the free Lutron app or with the included Pico remote. The ability to use a separate remote sets this switch apart from others since you might be using your phone for something else or you may not have it handy. Third, Lutron’s switch has way more automatic features, including the ability to set lights to automatically adjust with spring and fall time changes, create personalized schedules to turn on, off or even dim lights at set times to best fit your everyday routines.

The Lutron switch can act as a smart bridge that connects with other smart home brands such as Nest, Honeywell, ecobee, Sonos, Serena Shades and more. Plus, the included in-wall dimmers install easily with no neutral wire required, making them a great choice for older homes that may not have one available.

Best Budget: Maxcio Smart Light Switch

This budget-friendly smart light switch from Maxico is compatible with both Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free voice control, but you don’t need a hub to use it. All you need is a 118/120 type wall box (single-switch lights only) with a neutral wire and a secure 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection. Turn lights on or off from your phone or set up a schedule for daily uses. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up gently with light instead of a blaring alarm? With pre-set time control on this smart light switch, why not try it out? You can also check devices connected to the smart switch remotely for added peace of mind or even set up countdowns to turn off – perfect for holiday lights or a child’s night light. The backlit LED switch plate makes it handy to find in the dark too.

Most Versatile: Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200

Never come home to a dark house again with the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200. With the touch of a button, this smart switch allows you turn electronics on or off from anywhere simply using your smartphone and the Kasa app (compatible with both Android and iOS). Turn the lights off and on from the office to create a welcoming environment after a long day at work, create the illusion that someone is in your home when you are on vacation or even set up daily schedules for connected devices. With popular smart home hubs such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana, voice commands can even be used to control lights or other devices via the smart switch. Even if you are novice with electronics, the Kasa app helpfully guides you through the step-by-step installation process. All you need is a neutral wire and a secured 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network connection to set up your own smart switch.

Most Stylish: Homeyard Smart Switch

With its sleek, modern design, you’ll be excited to show off this stylish new smart switch from Homeyard. However, it’s more than just a good-looking addition to your home. Use your smartphone or a tablet as a remote with the free app or control the lights with your voice through Amazon Alexa or Google assistant. Set timers according to your schedule and your Homeyeard smart light switch will automatically power your connected electronics off and on. The wireless control switch itself features intelligent touch control and is just as easy to use as a regular light switch. You can even set up the smart Wi-Fi light switch to automatically power electronics on and off according to your schedule. Try it out in your home risk-free, thanks to the 12-month, worry-free warranty that includes a replacement or a full refund (including shipping) if you are not satisfied with the product.

Most Durable: KYGNE Smart Light Switch

The long-lasting KYGNE Smart Light Switch was put through the ringer during the design process for maximum durability. KYGNE estimates that the switch can be used up to 20 million times and it has a projected life expectancy of more than ten years. The switch is waterproof, making it ideal for use in bathrooms, and the LED indicator on the switch plate even helps you find the switch in the dark. Like other smart light switches, the KYGNE Smart Light Switch enables you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote to control devices connected to the smart switch using their app, or use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to control devices using only your voice. You can also create schedules and eliminate wasteful standby power usage while also preventing overcharging and overheating of connected devices. The KYGNE Smart Light Switch comes with a 60-day, money-back guarantee, too.

Best Three-Switch Panel: Funry Smart Touchscreen Wall Switch

Control three switches at once with the Funry Smart Touchscreen multi-light switch. With its sleek touchscreen panel (just like your smartphone), the Funry Smart Touchscreen Wall Switch uses capacitive touch sense and sensitive touch control to optimize your power over your home’s lighting. High-polish luxury crystal glass is used for the three-switch panel, making your home more stylish and more functional at the same time. The Funry Smart Touchscreen Wall Switch is also easy to install and simply connects to your home Wi-Fi network, so you can control the lights remotely. A red or blue backlit LED indicator provides just the right amount of illumination to find the switch in the dark and indicates which switches are in use – handy if the switch is controlling an outlet or another device that isn’t visible.

Best for Travelers: TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch (2-Pack)

Pick up this two-pack to get a head start on converting all your light switches to smart switches. Turn fixtures on or off from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Compatible w/ iOS 8 or higher & Android 4.1 or higher). Check on devices remotely, create schedules and even set timers with the easy-to-use app. If you have Amazon Alexa, set up voice controls for all connected devices, too. Plus, use the handy Away-Mode to turn devices on and off at different times, which creates a convincing illusion that someone is home even if you are gone. Like other smart switches on our list, this one requires a neutral wire for installation. One quick note – TP-Link doesn’t recommend that you use this smart switch with a metal faceplate since they have found it may interfere with your Wi-Fi connection, so keep that in mind if you are upgrading to smart switches.

Most Easy-to-Use: Gelettek Wi-Fi Smart Wall Light Switch

Sometimes simple is best. This Gelettek smart light switch doesn’t have any unusual extra features, but users say it is easy to install, simple to operate and reliably turns lights off and on according to the choices you program in the popular Smart Life app. Control lights and connected appliances remotely using just your smartphone anywhere you have an Internet connection or set up schedules so that you don’t even have to think about turning the lights off and on (ideal for outdoor or holiday lighting). You can also manually use the switch to turn lights off and on, something that not every smart switch offers, and something you’ll definitely want if your Internet ever goes out. Use this Gelettek switch to replace a traditional wall switch quickly and easily – just make sure you have a neutral wire for this to work correctly. 

What to Look for in a Smart Light Switch

Design - Whenever you’re installing technology that will be visible in your home, you’ll want to be mindful of its appearance. Most people won’t give a light switch a second glance, but there are some options on the market that are smart in functionality as well as design. Consider how many lights you’ll need it to control, plus other automatic features like backlighting and dimming. 

Voice support - It's a good idea to get a light switch that supports hands-free voice control through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana. Then you’ll be able to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the lights in the living room” or, “Google, dim the bedroom lights by 50%.”

Scheduling - The ability to schedule your home lighting can be a great safety feature, making it look like you're home when you’re really on vacation. On the flip side, it can also be a great way to save energy by eliminating wasteful standby power usage. You can’t argue with convenience, safety, and efficiency!