TP-Link offshoot brand Kasa Smart has a couple of new smart lights to show you here at the end of 2019 — namely, new $17 each, as well as a new multicolor light strip that’ll sell for $70. All of them support voice controls via Google Assistant and Alexa, and are available wherever Kasa products are sold starting today.smart bulbs with fake LED filaments for
LED smart bulbs with old-school looks
The vintage-style bulbs come in two varieties: a soft white, 2,700 K version with clear glass and an amber, 2,000 K version with tinted glass for an extra-warm glow. Both of them — model numbers KL50 and KL60, respectively — feature an old-fashioned design with fake filaments that are actually just thin strips of high efficiency light-emitting diodes arranged in a line. The effect is a vintage aesthetic that’s reminiscent of old-school incandescent light bulbs, many of which are no longer sold due to.
At 600 and 400 lumens, respectively, they aren’t much brighter than your typical 40W incandescent accent light — but that’s kind of the idea with vintage-style lights like these that are commonly used in exposed-bulb setups. If they were any brighter, they’d be uncomfortable to the naked eye.
Both bulbs also feature built-in Wi-Fi radios to connect directly with your router, which means you don’t need any additional hub hardware in order to use them. Just screw them in, turn them on, and pair them with the Kasa app on your Android or iOS device to get started. From there, you’ll be able to turn them on and off from your phone, or schedule them to turn on and off at specific times.
That matches similar functionality from, which starts at $25 per bulb. Those lights use Bluetooth radios to connect directly with your phone for local, straight-out-of-the-box controls. An additional Zigbee radio lets them connect to the Philips Hue Bridge for expanded features and full control from outside of Bluetooth range.
Multicolor light strips, too
As for the light strip (model KL430), it’s 3 meters long and includes 16 distinct zones of color, each of which you can set to a different color for rainbow-like lighting effects beneath your cabinets, behind your TV or anywhere else you might think to stick them up. The strips can be cut to fit into smaller spaces, or extended up to a total length of 11 meters via 1-meter extension strips that’ll go on sale for $25 each this December.
That multicolor approach is a smart move for Kasa, since most other light strips like it can only put out one color at a time. That includes strips from names like, and even , which has been selling smart, color-changing light strips for more than five years, but still lacks a multicolor version.
In addition to support for Alexa and Google Assistant, the bulbs and light strips are also compatible with the free online automation service IFTTT. That lets you trigger lighting changes via other IFTTT-compatible products and services, and opens up a lot of room for creativity with how you ultimately put these lights to use.
Kasa products don’t work with Apple HomeKit, though — if you’re looking for something you can control with Siri commands, then you’ll want to stick with names like Lifx, Philips Hue or Sylvania Smart Plus.
Originally published 8 a.m. EST.
Update, 1:40 p.m. EST: Adds additional information about brightness and color temperature.