Not too long ago, the only way you could control your home’s lighting, blinds, music and more, was to invest in an exceptionally expensive system from the likes of Creston. However, in the last few years we’ve seen a variety of products emerge, and flourish with success no less, that allow you to individually and directly control their operation utilizing a simple smartphone app. Case in point Sonos, which we love to this day, and Lutron blinds, amongst many others. However, controlling your home’s lighting still requires one to hire a contractor or at the very least spend the better part of a weekend getting things up and running.
The LIFX lightbulb installs instantly and requires no construction knowledge; if you know how to screw in a lightbulb, then can install the LIFX. The system is based off a master/slave relationship, which means that one LIFX lightbulb controls the bunch. That isn’t to say you can only have one, but you’ll at least need a master LIFX in each room, provided of course you want that much versatility (or lighting) around your home. Once installed it’s as simple as downloading the iPhone or Android app (Windows and Mac apps coming soon), adding the LIFX to your home’s network (this should be a step-by-step process), and presto, you’ll be able to turn the lights on and off from your phone. But that’s not all the LIFX can do.
The LIFX bulb is made up of a multicolored LED bulb, allowing you to control the color on the fly. Presented on the iPhone app is a color wheel. Just tap the color that matches the mood and the bulb will instantly change. Dimmer functionality can be adjusted on the fly or set to a timer, so you can fall asleep easily or wake up to a gradual warm glow. For security’s sake the LIFX bulb can also be programmed to turn on at certain hours of the day, or illuminate when you arrive home, though we’re not sure if that is timer based or simply detects when your smartphone has rejoined the network. In fact, these are just a few example of what the LIFX lightbulb can do, as they’ve got plans for an SDK and hacker kit.
The LIFX Lightbulb is currently a Kickstarter project and has already far exceeded their funding goal by a 4 fold in just a few day’s time. That said, they only cost a mere $69 each, though that price will rise when they actually come to market.