Lifx Review

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Speaking of intelligent lighting and smart lights, Lifx is one of the most popular brands out there. The Lifx smart LED bulb is the way to go if you’re looking for experimenting with no-nonsense smart home technology, as their products are reliable, fairly easy to install with almost zero fuss, interoperable and highly customizable. So, what’s not to like, right?

Another advantage of using Lifx’s smart LED bulb is that you’ll not require extra equipment to use it properly (a hub respectively), which means you’ll (kind of) reduce upfront costs. Moreover, you can start with buying just one smart bulb from Lifx to begin your “intelligent lighting journey”, and if you’re not happy with the end result, you can stop there and try something else (as in other product, like a Philips smart bulb or, why not, Ikea Trådfri); or, if you’ve enjoyed the Lifx experience, you can go and grab more of them. Even if Lifx doesn’t make the cheapest smart bulbs, as far as smart lights go, these babies are some of the best on the market today, so keep reading and we’ll explain in detail everything there is to know about the company’s line-up right after this short commercial break.

Voice Control and Lifx

If you are paying attention to the geek news, a smart light for Alexa is the latest rage nowadays among smart-home aficionados. As in, voice control lights, just like in science fiction movies. And since high technology is very close to magic, the home automation fantasy that we’ve all admired back in the day in shows like Star Trek has already become reality thanks to the internet of things and high end gadgets, such as Amazon’s Alexa, working in “collusion” with Lifx smart bulbs, obviously.

The point being, Lifx smart bulbs are fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, because they’re Wi-Fi enabled, hence you can control your smart lights by just using your voice. How does it work? Well, since the Lifx bulb comes with built in Wi-Fi, making for a standalone fixture which can operate autonomously without a dedicated hub (like it’s the case with a Philips smart bulb, that requires a Hue Bridge), it can be paired very easy with Alexa, thus you can control your smart light by remote via voice or by using your smartphone and the Lifx app. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And in terms of convenience, an internet enabled smart light for Alexa makes for the best smart lightning system, especially if you’re “boomer tier” in regard to technology.

Joke aside, let’s take a closer look at Lifx’s main products.

Lifx A19 Smart Bulb

This is the original Lifx intelligent lighting work-horse, and it’s a best seller, due to its amazing features which include voice control via built-in Wi-Fi and color changing options. If you’re looking for a stand-alone smart LED bulb which can do everything, the A19 has your name on it. The Lifx A19 can be paired with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, hence you can control it both with your voice or via the Lifx app on your smartphone. The bulb is color changing, dimmable and delivers a whopping 1100 lumens, everything without requiring a smart hub, which is as good as it gets.

In terms of customization options, you can switch between white color-temp tuning and color tuning via a basic dial from the Lifx app via separate panels; on top of that, there are some cool prebuilt themes and special modes within the app, ranging from Haloween to blissful. Or, to put it another way, from horror movie atmosphere to Zen at a flick of a switch.

If you’re looking for an individual smart bulb that works out of the box and it doesn’t require a smart-hub to operate full throttle, the A19 is the way to go. All you have to do is to screw-in the bulb, download the app on your smartphone, then find the bulb and you’re ready to roll.

The most important features of the A19 include turning lights on/off, schedule lightning, automate lightning (trigger-based), dim lights and setting RGB color. And don’t worry, you can add additional Lifx A19 bulbs to your “smart home” just as simple as the first install. Just screw them in, and connect them to the Lifx app.

LIFX + A19 with Night Vision

This one is quasi-identical with the A19, but it’s designed to be used in tandem with a security camera. The Lifx +A19 emits IR light when it’s turned off, thus it helps the security camera to “see in the dark”, hence the night vision thing. Other than that, the Lifx + is identical in size and features with the regular A19, using the same control Lifx App and everything. On top of that, the IR feature is fully-automatic, as in it doesn’t require you to do anything.

Lifx Mini Smart Lights

As per the “mini” particle, these ones are the smallest smart bulbs in the company’s portfolio. However, the Lifx Mini is not small by any metrics, being approximately the same size as a “normie” light-bulb. In terms of power output, you’ll get 800 lumens, and there are three different models to choose from: the “white only” Lifx Mini, the Day&Dusk and Color. Compared to the “original” Lifx smart bulb, the Mini is cheaper, smaller (doh) and a tad dimmer (800 lumens vs 1100 in the A19, which is the equivalent of an old-school 60 watt bulb); on top of that, the Mini range is arguably the most interesting of the bunch, as they’re the cheapest and the most economical, as they consume just 9W compared to A19’s 11W.

Other than that, the Lifx Mini smart lights are identical functionality-wise with their A19 sibling, and just as easy to set up, while delivering just as well in all regards, i.e. they’re fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Home Kit.

The Lifx Mini Color smart bulb is the definition of fun, as it looks absolutely fantastic, and it can dim/brighten, switch colors and activate a variety of party modes, including a strobe light and a music visualizer.

The Day&Dusk smart bulb is basically a temperature changing white smart bulb. In case you were wondering, the Mini Day&Dusk is roughly the equivalent of the Philips Hue White Ambiance, but unlike the latter, it makes for a standalone product which can be fine-tuned to provide you with a wide range of white tones, from 1500K to 4000K respectively. One of the coolest things about the Day&Dusk is that it can be programmed via the Lifx app to automatically change the light-tone over the course of the day, as in warm light in the afternoon and cool light in the morning.

The Mini White is the perfect choice if you don’t need all the “party” features, and no “fine tuning” thingies whatsoever, as it makes for a basic warm-white locked 2700K smart bulb, available in both screw and bayonet fittings. Obviously, you can manage this Lifx bulb the same way as the other two versions, except from the color/temperature change thingies. Don’t worry, there are some cool features still available in this simpleton, the likes of music visualizer effects, strobe, dimming and candle flicker via software.

The Lifx Beam

The Lifx Beam is designed to bring beauty and creativity to the walls of your home, making for a set of smart strip dimmable lights that can change color. The Beam smart strips can be easily attached to a wall, thus helping you with “artistic lightning”, and they can be controlled by the Lifx app or via Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. The retail box contains six 300 x 35 x 20mm Beams (hard plastic LED strips), with magnetic power connectors on each end, plus one corner unit, if you want to create an L shape or a T shape light pattern.

Each strip features sticky tape on the back, so you can attach the Beam to a wall or wherever you see fit. It’s worth mentioning that the Lifx Beam looks fantastic, and you can control both individual colors and saturation/warmth/brightness from within the Lifx App. Even if the Lifx Beam is not cheap, it’s pretty clever, easy to use and it takes the smart lighting systems one step further, into the artistic realm.

When to Buy Lifx Gear?

The Lifx wiz light is the perfect choice if:

-you want full smart-bulb customization out of the box

-you want boomer-tier easy setup sans a smart-hub

-you want high light output

-you want a simple and intuitive app to configure your smart bulbs via automation triggers

Pros:

-simple and fast setup

-no smart-hub required

– full out of the box functionality

-excellent Lifx companion app

-wide-range compatibility with basically all smart home ecosystems

-easy to control via voice/smartphone

-no-nonsense automation capabilities via triggers

-fully customizable, highly interoperable, reliable

Cons:

-some connectivity quirks

-the smart bulbs are kind of expensive

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