Thebest smart lightsnot only allow you to create the right ambiance in your home in just a few taps, so whether you’re watching your favorite movie, entertaining or relaxing with a good book, smart lights can ensure your home is perfectly illuminated.

Philips Hue app update improves using smart lights for home security

Smart lights can also be an effective method of home security, alongside the best home security cameras, by giving the appearance someone is home in a bid to deter intruders, even if your property is empty.

Carrie-Ann Skinner is Homes Editor at TechRadar, and has more than two decades of experience in both online and print journalism, with 13 years of that spent covering all-things tech. Carrie specializes in smart home devices such as smart plugs and smart lights, as well as large and small appliances including vacuum cleaners, air fryers, stand mixers, and coffee machines.

When she’s not discovering the next must-have gadget for the home, Carrie can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen, and is particularly passionate about baking, often rustling up tasty cakes and bread.