How Long Do Smart Bulbs Last?

On average, a smart bulb lasts approximately 25,000 hours. Though some smart bulbs can last 15,000 hours while others can last up to 50,000 hours. This disparity between how long various smart bulbs can last greatly depends on the manufacturer, quality, and how often it is used.

Moreover, smart bulbs are efficient, controllable via wifi connectivity, and customizable. They also last much longer when compared to incandescent light bulbs due to their LED technology.

However, a common mistake that most people make when trying to figure out how long a smart bulb will last is thinking in terms of years rather than hours. This is because many manufacturers base the years their smart bulbs will last on varying usage per day in hours which can be very misleading.

For example, company A may rate its smart bulb for 25000 hours but at a 3 hour per day usage meaning, this bulb can last about 22 years. Company B on the other hand may have a bulb rated to last for the same 25000 hours but at a 6 hour per day usage meaning it can last roughly 11 years.

This is very misleading because both smart bulbs are rated to last the same amount of hours, but you would think that one lasts longer than the other if you strictly base your decision on years rather than hours.

How to calculate how long a smart bulb will last

To calculate how long a specific smart bulb will last, you’ll need 2 variables. The first variable is how many hours the bulb is rated for which can be found on the packaging or the official manufacturer’s website.

The next variable you will need to determine is how many hours a day you plan to use that smart bulb. The number of hours may vary depending on which room or area of your home you plan to utilize the bulb.

Once you have these two variables you can then calculate how long it will last you in years. For example, say a bulb is rated for 25,000 hours and you determined that you will use it for 4 hours a day on average in your living room. You can calculate how long that smart bulb will last you in years via this formula:

25,000 (rated hours of the bulb) divided by (4 (average usage per day) x 365 (days in a year)) = 17.123 years  

Meaning that this smart bulb will last for a little more than 17 years in your living room based on a 4 hour per day usage.

How long do philips hue bulbs last?

A Philips hue bulb lasts anywhere between 15,000 and 25,000 hours. This is due to their LED technology and energy efficiency that allows them to use less power. First-generation Philips Hue light bulbs were mainly rated for 15,000 hours of use. Though with the release of 2nd and 3rd generations, the life expectancy of Philips hue smart bulbs has increased to 25,000 hours.

Are smart bulbs worth it?

Yes, smart bulbs are worth it because they are more energy-efficient along with being controllable and customizable via wifi connectivity. They also last far longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs due to their LED technology. However, they do cost considerably more on average.

Smart LED light bulbs are more energy efficient

According to, smart led light bulbs use about 25% to 80% less energy when compared to incandescent light bulbs. This is because incandescent light bulbs only last about 1000 hours and 90% of the energy they consume converts to heat with only 10% going toward emitting light.

Incandescent light bulbs are cheap but will only last for a short while. You’ll end up replacing them several times over before replacing their smart LED counterpart.

In the long run, you will have spent more on incandescent light bulbs not only because of how frequently incandescent light bulbs must be replaced but also because of how inefficient they are in terms of energy consumption when compared to smart LED light bulbs.

Controllable and customizable via wifi connectivity

Smart LED light bulbs can also be controlled via internet connectivity. This allows you to control and customize them from your smart devices. Moreover, with your smartphone, you can turn lights on and off, dim, or change to one of the 16 million colors to instantly alter the look, feel, and atmosphere of a room.

You can even use your voice to control smart bulbs through a smart home assistant such as Amazon Alexa, Google, or Apple Home Kit. Via this method of control, a specific smart bulb or all the smart bulbs within your home can be turned on or off, or customized without having to move an inch.

Final Thoughts

Smart light bulbs last about 25,000 hours on average. However, it is important to consider how many hours a day your plan to utilize a specific smart bulb, before you can properly determine how many years it will last you. Based on your use case or what area of your home you plan to use that specific bulb, the number of years it will last you can vary greatly.

There are also several factors to consider such as the manufacturer, model, and style of a smart bulb. Functionalities such as the desired wattage, brightness in terms of lumens, color temperature, color-changing, voices activation, and much more should also be considered. We recommend the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Smart Bulb because it has all of the features mentioned above.

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