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LIFX (B22) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Adjustable, Multicolour, Dimmable, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant
- Works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming, shades of white, and color settings through voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- 16 million colors and warm to cool whites
- Easy to set up, built in wifi - no hub required
- Bright - equivalent to 75W bulb
- Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
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LIFX (Br30) Wi-Fi smart LED light bulb, adjustable, multicolor, dimmable, no hub required, works with Alexa. With LIFX, how your bulb connects is important, so all of our WiFi technology is built right into each individual bulb - no hub required. Works with Nest.
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- Easy set-up, no extra hardware
- Bold, room-filling colour
- Lasts up to 22 years*
*Based on 3 hours use per day.
LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb
The Lightbulb Reinvented
LIFX is a smart lightbulb that uses Wi-Fi to bring immersive colour to your home. A simple-to-use app allows you to fine tune your lighting experience; control a single light or your entire home and enjoy strong vibrant colours along with delicate whites.
A Connected Home Should Be Easy
LIFX lights are engineered to provide a simple way to start designing your connected home. A single bulb contains all the technology and hardware needed to use your lights. LIFX is ready to seamlessly integrate with some of your favourite smart home products, including Amazon Echo, Nest and SmartThings.
Experience Light Differently
One App, Your Device
Take complete control of your lighting. The free LIFX app is available on Android and iOS. With a few taps on your tablet, phone or watch, colours go from bright and vibrant to pure whites in seconds.
With all the intelligence built into the bulb it is easy to kick start your connected home. No technical skills or additional hardware needed. Regular software updates and cutting-edge integrations mean LIFX bulbs only improve over time.
In Tune with Your Needs
LIFX works to make connected living simple by responding to you. Arrive home and have your lights come on automatically or take control from your couch, bed or even work, the LIFX app lets you immerse your home in light, your way.
LIFX lights work with Amazon Alexa. Use simple conversation starters to turn your lights on and off, change the brightness, make them warmer and swap them to your favourite colour - all with the power of your voice.
The Connected Home, Made Simple
LIFX bulbs combine built in features and intuitive integrations to make building your smart home easy. Connect your lights seamlessly with the likes of Amazon Echo, IFTTT, SmartThings and Nest.
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They work well and the colours are great, with one proviso. Because they run off your wifi, you *must* have a good wifi signal everywhere they are installed. My lights in the kitchen were getting an intermittent signal and would constantly not respond. I have upgraded to a mesh wifi network and now all the lights respond perfectly; however this is one downside of relying on wifi vs other specialist wireless home protocols.
Good light bulbs. Really smooth after setup hiccups. Works exceptionally well with my Google nest
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A lot of the "usual suspects" when it comes to smart bulbs require hubs of some sort, that's ok if you're going to be lighting up a whole house, but if you only want to do one room or you're just trying it out before you invest fully, then you'd be paying a lot of money for something that won't really benefit you.
Enter the LIFX. It works totally standalone so you don't need anything other than a phone to use it. Unfortunately it does require an internet connection to connect to the cloud to work, but for me that's not an issue as I'm always connected anyway. If you do lose internet connection, switching it off at the light switch will make it behave like a normal light, switching it on just turns it on as if it wasn't a smart bulb.
It's as simple as any other wifi bulb I've looked at or used and it really is bright, it's easily enough to light a decent sized room, the same as a normal bulb. It works easily with Alexa and has been completely reliable for me.
I read lots of reviews around WiFi light bulbs and it all came down to lifx or Philips hue, and I decided on lifx. I can't remember why exactly, mostly around reviews and hue needing a home hub at the time, so more cost.
Initially it was awkward. Setup took an hour and wasn't very slick. It dropped in and out of use for the first few hours and it reminded me of all the poor reviews mentioning that.
But the next day it worked, and it's worked perfectly every day since.
Making your light strobe blue is fun for a few hours but the novelty wears off, the real utility is in having it hooked up to Google home and planned in with your routine.
1. 20-30 minutes before my alarm goes off the light starts coming on. In the middle of winter, especially if you're up early, this is bliss. Because the bulb is led and you can set the hue, you wake up to a room filled with light. No more waking up in the dark and having to reach around for the switch and flick the lamp on which messes with your eyes. Either that or you have a yellow lamp which fills the room with weak light, i always found it was too much or not enough.
2. When I get home I say 'okay Google turn the light in' and it's on. It sounds lazy and you might think using a light switch is easy, but when you can turn your lights on and off without your hands, you will, every time.
3. When I go to bed I ask Google to dim the lights and change the colour to incandescent. It's nicer to relax and read in.
4. When I want to go tomorrow, I just ask Google to turn off the lamp.
I haven't used a light switch in my room in months.
The app could be improved, setup was awkward and some of the light presets are redundant. But it's great hardware and if you're willing to take the time to set it up how you want it, it's perfect.
Once installed and with the firmware (automatically) updated, everything worked fine. The app is very simple in terms of selecting colour and brightness and the Alexa integration was decent, although if you want a specific setting you're better off using the app as Alexa gets confused if you try and adjust more than 1 thing in a single command. The app also has a series of 'Themes' with names like 'Relaxing' which don''t always feel accurate. Maybe they work better with a multiple bulb setup but with one bulb, "Cheerful" and "Energizing" are sickly shades of blue usually found in public toilets, and "Relaxing" is a retina blasting green. It sometimes also says it's lost connection to a bulb and requires going back to the main menu to get it working again.
I've only had it installed for a day, but I love it. I have a smallish room with a shade that's open at the bottom, directly over the bed and it was far too bright trying to read late at night. The ability to dim the bulb without rewiring anything is a winner, and the colour options and Alexa integration are welcome bonuses. It's expensive and there are a few minor niggles with the app but overall, it works great. If you want to try out smart home lighting but don't want to commit to a hub or extra kit, this is ideal.
Colour reproduction is astonishing! The resolution while cycling though colours on the slider is very high. So nice and smooth colour transitions. The colours are incredibly vibrant!
These bulbs are extremely bright at all light wave lengths. I found with cheaper bulbs, the greens and certain other colours would kind of just flake out when you switch across to them. So say you have a cheaper bulb on blue, and its at say 500 lumens, then you switch over to green, you would often find it drops to nearly half that. These bulbs do not flake out at all!
The app is good and setup was fairly quick and easy to do. I also updated the firmware which took literally a minute to do! This allowed further access to other features within the app to play about with. I use a Samsung galaxy S6 (Normal) and also have it installed on my galaxy tab pro 10.1. I had no issues with either of these devices.
The size of these bulbs aren't as bad as I thought they would be, they are about the same height as my cheaper bulbs I had installed (Kasa Veho Bluetooth bulbs). They are certainly shorter than the older versions. So they do not stick out over the top of either of my lamp shades. Rather there level with the top.
Last note: I have seen many bulbs, these have the best colour production and brightness in my opinion out of all of them, that includes the Philips hue colour bulbs. Although there are more versatile bulbs out there, as in more functionality with apps and connectivity options like philips smart hub etc. I would prefer these as the colours are just so vibrant! You could put these in old peoples homes and it would make them feel like they were kids again!
Very pleased I took the leap and put my trust in LIFX once again.
I will update this review with regards to endurance of the bulbs and connectivity issues if any.
Initially I had a well known rivals bulbs, which involved installing a hub, and firstly I was very disappointed at the brightness of them, but after 6 days the hub packed in altogether, leaving me in darkness, and as I am disabled I had to sit in darkness (except for the TV) for 3 hours, until my wife came home from work, where she removed the bulbs and put in the original standard LED's back in.
So with the brightness issue and the hub failure I needed a much better solution, so I looked on YouTube and other online reivews, which not only proved that I was right about the brightness of my old system being poor, but also thet the colour rendition was poor too... so I concluded I would give LIFX a go as they seemed perfect.
By the way, this was over 3 1/2 years ago when LIFX were £20 more than they are now, so not cheap, but it was the light output and reliability that I wanted, not the cheapest available bulb !
I did look at other reviews on here too and yes they are slightly 'fiddly' to set up especially at first, and also if you have to reset them (i.e. turn the light on and off 3 times) but I have only had to reset one bulb once because my MY error.
A lot of reviewers tend to blame the bulbs, where clearly it is a problem with the router, as I found out early on as I added more home automation to my set up.
My original modem router was a 2012 Netgear one, near the top of the range in those days, and my original LIFX bulbs were not a problem, but then I started adding smart plugs, few start with, then I added more smart speakers and doorbells... hat is where the problems really started... something or even everything would drop out at least one a day but usually twice... yes I could have blamed, LIFX, smart plugs, doorbells etc but it really pointed to one thing my aging Modem/Router, so time for an upgrade (this is especially so if you have a ISP router you get free, these are definitely NOT made for home automation, think : "Why did I get this free ?", thereby lies the answer.
So as my "need" for home automation was picking up speed (I was buying more but not Installing then as I knew the router was literally at breaking point) I decided to update my Netgear to a more modern/powerful one, one that was the bottom end of a gaming router really.
WOW, what difference... I now have literally 88 'items attached'... no problem, has NEVER dropped out either !
Back to the bulbs now : For starters, I used to have 60W tungsten bulbs originally and the highest I run the LIFX at is 80%... and they are definitely brighter than the 60W old bulbs.
The other make were run at 100% and were far dimmer than the old 60W bulbs.
I was so impressed that I actually started taking an interest in lighting for the first time, and we found that changing the colour temperature in the kitchen, bathroom and my computer room to "cool white" (like most office lighting) was MUCH better and pleasing, and made reading anything a lot easier too, whereas in the bedroom, living room etc, a "warm white" (slightly yellow, more like the old tungsten light) was more relaxing.
Then of course there is the '%' brightness, it was great to turn down the brightness for instance when watching TV.
Not to mention turning the lights on and off !
Even better I am able to control the lights via Alexa and Google Home (yes, I have both) both on/off, % brightness AND colour on colour bulbs.
These LED's are strong and VERY well made, they just ooze quality, you realise that when you feel the weight of them.
The fact they are their own 'individual hub' means that IF one bulb does fail (as I say, none of mine have, and as I am virtually housebound and I am sure my light are on a lot more then the average house) ALL the rest will still work, so I know I won't be left in darkness again.
Unlike other makes fitting them takes 5 minutes, no removing/replacing switches etc, if you can change a bulb you can fit these.
You have to have the normal light switch switched on all the time though. initially we used sellotape, but it looked awful, we found the "Switch Bridge 3 Pack" (search for that on Amazon), which are easy to attach to stop people accidentally turning the switch off, but you can still operate the switch though the slot with the little gadget they provide, should you need to replace the bulb or reset it as I mentioned earlier.
The other advantage with these is that if you move, undo the LIFX bulb, put the original LED one back in, and remove the switch covers I mentioned, compare that to other systems !
I have a multi-bulb set up in the living room of 5 bulbs but I was the first to admit that the standard LIFX with their flat face looked awful, but then the bought out the "Mini' bulb" which is near enough then same size as the old tungsten bulbs.. and even better they did not only a colour version but a "Day and Dusk" version which you can allow to let the bulb change it colour temperature automatically during the day... but you can also have them set to a specific colour temperature too, certainly cool white and warm white are possible plus lots more.
The app is one of the best, and a joy to use, but while I initially experimented with it, I found that using voice control was fine 99.9% of the time for what I wanted to do.
Now the price has come down on the 'Color 1100' (the spec is slightly better too) bulbs I have just bought two more, one for the kitchen and the other for my computer room.
Everyone will have difference experiences with products they buy but please, please look at the possibility that it could be other things, and even if you do swap to another make you will still have problems because of that.
Another thing I 'stumbled across' was that changing the channel on your 2.4GHz band will also solve a lot of problems as your neighbours router could be on the same channel and causing interreference (Use a "Wi-Fi Analyser app" on your phone or Google it for more details), also microwaves etc. can cause interreference, maybe you might need a 'signal booster'.
I am not saying ALL poor reviews aren't justified, just that some mentioned on here are other problems and not the products, and we can't all be experts, but I am in my seventies, disabled and can still manage to do some of things - if I can't there are groups and the internet search engines you can turn to before giving up, and I am the first to admit I sometimes don't read the instructions fully (… it's a man thing !) then when I do, problem is solved, as the saying goes "If all else fails, read the instructions !"
If you buy ANY LIFX bulbs, take a little time setting then up then you will have no problems at all, they are definitely affordable now and you will really appreciate them and what they can do or you.
I have no connection with LIFX at all, just a fortunate customer who found the solution to a couple of problems by using these bulbs !
Hope this has helped even one person.
Update: My router failed, multiple connections including much cheaper bulbs connected without problems. But not Lifx. Further investigations found one old and cheap mobile phone had the same problem. It seems there was an inperfection in the 2.4GHz frequency a know problem with some BT SH6. A BT agent told me it is pot luck if you get a good one or not. Got lucky on the second replacement except it doesn't seem to have quite as strong a signal so the Lifx bulb connection further than 8M from the router was unreliable. Every thing else works at 25M. Had to move router just for the Lifx bulbs. Very pretty but what a pain they are.
App is great, no connection issues, can operate from home or away (and they work as I can from my.home cameras). These are not as pretty as the mini ones which are smaller and neater and look less obvious but it depends what you want as in the ceiling lights I don't think it matters as much and these are brighter, although the minis are bright too! You can group the lights to be controlled together or control them individually, all done from the app which is really easy to use. You can play about with themes and effects. I think they're great for security or when you're out and it gets dark you can come home to your lights on. I've got mine set to go off as I drive away from the house and come back on as I arrive. I can turn them off with my phone and change the colours but I need to invest more time in this as I can't yet control individual lights with my voice but I know it can be done! I was a bit unsure about these as I like tech but nothing complicated but they're easy to use, really fun and very useful. Takes a bit of time to get used to not switching the light switches and using your phone instead but you can get add on switches if you'd rather have them. Also a bit awkward when you have guests as they can't control the lights unless they download the app! I started with one bulb and a week later I had them in every light in my house that I could, very addictive!
The bulbs themselves are longer than standard bulbs and of course the heads themselves are wider, so do check your sizing before you buy.
I have both Philips Hue bulbs and Lifx. The hue bulbs react faster to changes than Lifx and the control + App for hue is a lot more friendly. However the Lifx app does have a few quirky benefits over hue. If the App was better for Lifx I would recommend more.
The primary benefit of the Lifx bulbs is the brightness. This function way outstrips the Hue. hue bulbs are around 6watts v Lifx being around 11watts. A clear difference as you can see.
Selecting the colour is much easier with Hue, Lifx is quite clunky, but this is really App interface design.
When you can get Lifx at a reduced price it makes it a more appealing proposition. Hue bulbs aren’t cheap either, but getting good prices and packs are normally easier.
Would like to see some ‘buttons’ for Lifx like you get with Hue, but nothing yet, so you have app or voice, unless you invest in Flic.
The application sometimes fails to register the light on the network, but usually corrects itself after a few seconds, however that does not matter too much when most of the lights usability is automated, both through the mobile app and thanks to IFTTT.
After setting up some basic routines within the LifX app, such as to make the lights brighten to full brightness over a 30 minute period to help slowly wake me up for the day ahead, and setting it to gently dim to a warm white in the evening so that I can get settled for bed easier, using IFTTT allowed me to program the light to turn on when I was nearby, so I wouldn't even need to open the app to turn the light on if I came in late, and then programming the reverse meant that when I leave in the morning for university or work, the light will turn itself off when I'm out of the local area, meaning it saves power when not needed, and doesn't appear out of order.
Being able to set routines with the light also helps when going on holiday, as you can program the light to turn on at certain times of the day, on certain days if you want to, so that there is no longer a need for socket timers if you want the house/flat to appear lived in whilst you take a deserved break.
I will certainly be buying more of these, although I may need to improve my home network a bit more to support the bandwidth that multiple lights will likely take up.