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Curbed's Jenny Xie says when it comes to smart home tech, the sheer breadth of products and integrations available can get overwhelming fast.

According to Xie, an easy way to get started is smart lighting. Setting up just one smart light bulb makes your home more controllable than before, and because bulbs are small and easy to change, they’re ideal for playing around with in rental apartments as well.

But first: What is smart lighting anyway? Very simply, it’s lighting connected to the internet so you can control it with an app, or increasingly, with a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, using the Amazon, Google, or Apple smart devices that have those services built in. With smart lighting, “control” is no longer just about powering on or off, it’s also about dimming, timing, colors, color temperatures, and how all of those things can be programmed to match your mood or activity.

Intrigued? Read on for three ways to hop on the smart lighting train.

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