@codewiz That's not as simple of a question as it might seem.
It really depends what kinds of smart home hubs (if any) you have.
The bulb I use down by my basement retro computers is this...
amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZBYX

Which works great if you have an Amazon Echo Plus..it's (so far) my best bang for the buck for smart bulbs that are voice controlled...

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I also have a couple of these...
amazon.com/gp/product/B07DHRJV

I control these with a Vera Plus Z-wave hub, which the Amazon Echo can in turn control. They are technically more versatile, but they're also more expensive and more complicated to set up...

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Then WAY at the other end of the spectrum, we have these...

amazon.com/GPCT-Changing-Brigh

I have several bulbs like this that I bought very early on. They aren't as "smart" and don't work directly with a controller hub (but also don't require one). They use a simple infrared remote. The bulb itself is about the same cost as the first bulb, but since it doesn't require a hub at all, they're cheaper to get started with. The quality of the light isn't as good though.

@codewiz All other things being equal, if you have or can afford a compatible hub (an Echo Plus or a Google Home hub, etc), I'd go with the first one I posted in this thread.

FWIW, I was able to make the infrared bulbs (the last option) controllable with the VeraPlus hub by using ESP8266 microcontrollers as web-to-IR relays, but that is not a simple thing to do if you've not done any 8266 programming.

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