(Pocket-lint) - Getting started with smart home lighting can be intimidating. It takes you away from simple on and off functionality you've always known and replaces it with a world of automation options, color capability and required hubs.

However, these extras don't necessarily have to make things more complicated. Depending on the devices you select, it can be as simple as unscrewing your regular bulbs, downloading an app and syncing up your new set for greater control.

That's why we've compiled this list of some of the top starter packs. The outlay is often more on the budget end, and that means you get to enjoy some of the smart home basics without investing huge sums. 

The features and performance can vary between different brands, naturally, so dive in to learn more about the best smart home light bulbs.

Best smart lightbulb sets you can buy

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Philips Hue White A19 (Four-Pack)

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Philips Hue's A19 set is perhaps the best way to get started with smart lighting, giving you four top-tier bulbs to dot around the house.

You can connect them using Bluetooth or through the Zigbee-friendly Hue Hub, and, thereafter, connect them to either Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa (Apple HomeKit, too, if you own the Hub).

In the Hue app, you'll be able to set timers for these bulbs, and, though these particular bulbs can't provide colors, they can be dimmed to just the right level for your room.

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Philips Hue White A19 (Two-Pack)

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Philips Hue's E27 screw set is perhaps the best way to get started with smart lighting, giving you two top-tier bulbs to dot around the house.

You can connect them using Bluetooth or through the Zigbee-friendly Hue Hub, and, thereafter, connect them to either Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa (Apple HomeKit, too, if you own the Hub).

In the Hue app, you'll be able to set timers for these bulbs, and, though these particular bulbs can't provide colors, they can be dimmed to just the right level for your room.

Lumimam

Lumimam Smart Lightbulb (Two-Pack)

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If you fancy lighting up your home in color, Lumimam's pair is a great, affordable way to get started.

Ideal to place in lamps, no hub is required for this Bluetooth duo, and you still have the option to control through voice via Google Assistant or Alexa.

Through the app, you can also access remote control from anywhere, as well as schedules for when the lights turn off/on, and at what color and brightness level.

Peteme

Peteme Smart Lightbulbs (Two-Pack)

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Peteme may not be the household giant that Philips Hue has developed into, but it does give you an affordable gateway into smart bulbs. 

Able to work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri - and without the need for an external hub - the bulbs are easily set up in the companion app, and it's here where users can access remote control.

In terms of the actual light, each bulb can deliver 600 lumens, equivalent to a 75W incandescent, and will last for around 27,000 hours.

Ohlux

Ohlux Smart Lightbulbs (Four-Pack)

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Ohlux offers a good budget alternative to Philips Hue, with this A19/E27 four-pack able to integrate with Google Assistant or Alexa without an additional hub.

This affords you voice control for brightness level, color temperature and on/off, though users can also gain access to the bulb's status through the companion app, too. It's here where timers and schedules can be set, as well as group control for multiple bulbs.

Each 7W bulb will deliver the equivalent of a 40-60W incandescent alternative, lasting approximately 50,000 hours before needing to be replaced.

Gosund

Gosund Smart Lightbulbs (Three-Pack)

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Gosund has plenty of smart bulbs for you to consider, but this three-pack is definitely one to explore if you're new to smart bulbs - or perhaps if you want to smarten up a few rooms in your house without breaking the bank.

They offer no color capabilities, sadly, though you can adjust the brightness level to set the mood or control through Alexa or Google Assistant.

Once set up in the companion app, you also gain remote control from anywhere, as well as the ability to group the bulbs together for the same actions, such as schedules or timers.

Writing by Conor Allison. Editing by Dan Grabham.