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BEST SMART BULB REVIEW: LIFX

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Compatibility: Android, iOS, E26/27, E12/14, B22, GU10, mains.

There is a need for you to be educated if you are not familiar with smart bulbs. These bulbs are internet connected devices. They are connected differently, some are connected via WiFi(eg Lifx) , which do not require extra hardware. Others need a hub and router connection.

When it comes to the competition in the smart lighting world, Lifx is a serious contender it may not yet be as popular as Hue but it is designed with many interesting functions and features, a good quality, a slick app, everyday integrations and lighting options that are inexhaustible. And if you want a hub-free smart bulb,  Lifx is a good choice. With time Lifx will be a highly recommended smart bulb for household.

Like some other smart bulb, Lifx would have been a bulb with no name in the smart lighting world. However, it’s now a strong rival to a big brand like Philip Hue, with a lot of colors up to 16 million, 1,000 shades of white alone and WiFi connected bulbs with maximum brightness at 1,100 lumens. And it’s hub free.

With Lifx app or voice commands you can choose from arrays of color exceeding 16 million like other multi-color bulbs. These bulbs can work with Google assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Home kit.

Lifx is designed to be connected through WiFi so it can speak to your smartphone app or your smart speaker directly. The set up is easy all you need to do if you want to get Lifx into your life is to screw one of the bulbs into a light socket and you are good to go.

The range of bulb in Lifx is ever increasing – there are mixture of white, colour, mini and light strip models on test – and each one is as good as the last, with compatibility not only with the superb Lifx app, but also with many smart assistants.

Lifx light quality is great with 2500 – 9000k white light on the top models and and also a Hue – matching 16 millions colours. Some users are impressed only with the flat head bulbs of the original line-up, the new mini range resembles a real light bulbs but with a reduced and fixed (2700k) white light quality.

There are beam and Tile in Lifx, not just traditional bulbs. They are lighting fixtures that can be put on your wall and the arrangement is flexible. They are built to pulse with ever-changing colors but they can also be set to Lifx’s custom themes. It has been noted by some users that the beam is easy to install and a great addition to the atmosphere of any room.

Lifx is integrated into all major smart home setups – Alexa and google is easily compatible but, Homekit is a bit difficult especially if you buy a Lifx with with a pre-installed homekit support and you have no sticker to scan. If you have a case like this then you will have to go through a painful reset option to get the Homekit code.

When all is ready and set up, everything works perfectly and Lifx smart bulbs is also one of the platforms for syncing app for instant alerts via your connected bulbs.

Bulb for bulb, Lifx is actually a shade more pricy than Hue but, don’t forget, you don’t have to shell out for a separate hub to make it all work.

FEATURES

  • Easy to set up, built in WiFi – no hub required
  • Compatible with home ecosystems like Alexa, Google assistant, and Apple Homekit.
  • Temperature: 2500k to 9000k
  • Voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Sixteen million colors and consider cool whites
  • LED life-span – 22.8 years (based on 3hrs/day)
  • Bright – equivalent to 75W bulb.
  • Beam Angle: 135 degrees
  • Works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming, reminder white, and color settings.

  Note: Kindly refer connected manual for steerage on installation

PROS

  • Great quality lighting
  • No hub
  • Excellent smart home integrations

CONS

  • Flat-headed bulbs, not the slickest
  • HomeKit Setup can be annoying
  • Still quite expensive.
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