Three bulbs we love for their special talents.
“Research from sleep studies led our team to create this smartphone app–controlled bulb. For night, it can provide warm, calm light that doesn’t interfere with your body’s production of melatonin (a natural sleep hormone). In the morning, it can give off a cool, vibrant light, reducing your body’s production of melatonin and helping you get ready for your day.” —Carmen Pastore, consumer marketing manager at GE Lighting
To buy: GE C Sleep-Smart Bulb, $25; lowes.com.
“On a covered porch that you want to keep insect-free, try a yellow ‘bug light’ like this. The yellow coating makes it difficult for most flying insects to see, so they are not drawn to the fixture as they are to white bulbs.” —Joey Corona, lightbulb merchant at Home Depot
To buy: Philips 60W-Equivalent Yellow LED Bug-Light Bulb, $6; homedepot.com.
“If you love to entertain, this bulb is a fun way to give your living room a more special feel. You can use your smart- phone to change the light to any of the ROYGBIV hues and tons of variations along the way. You’ll also be able to set up a lighting scheme in advance or sync color changes to music. Of course, when you’re not in party mode, this multitasker can behave like an ordinary bulb. It’s pricey, but it has a 25,000-hour life- time, depending on use—over a dozen years if you use it five hours a day.” —Todd Manegold, Connected Home-Business Lead at Philips Lighting North America
To buy: Philips Hue 65W BR30 Connected Bulb, $62; amazon.com.