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LIFX (pronounced Life-X) is a line of energy-efficient, multi-color, Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulbs that can be controlled via a Wi-Fi equipped device such as a smartphone or smartwatch.[1][2][3] The master light bulb connects to the router via 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n and then to all the other LIFX bulbs in the house via a low power IPv6 802.15.4 mesh network.[4]

LIFX
LIFX Logo.png
Founded September 2012 (September 2012)
Headquarters Redwood City, California
No. of locations 2 office (2015)
Owner LiFi Labs Inc
Founder(s) Phil Bosua, John Bosua, Andy Gelme, Guy King, Bevan Clarke, Daniel CM May, Jake Lawton, Shane Hanna, Andrew Birt
Key people Marc Alexander (CEO), David Kavanagh Michael Krypuy
Industry Lighting
Products Color 1000, White 800, Color 650, LIFX+, LIFX Z Light Strip, LIFX App
Website lifx.com
Native client(s) on iOS, Android, Windows 10
watchOS, Android Wear
LIFX White 800 (left) and LIFX Original 1000 (right) sitting next to their retail packaging.

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HistoryEdit

The LIFX is manufactured by LiFi Labs, a San Francisco-based company founded by the Australian inventor Phil Bosua. LIFX Labs introduced its idea on Kickstarter and have since attracted large attention.[2][5] Consequently, the company managed to raise $1.3 million in public funding,[3] followed by a $12 million series A investment round in mid 2014.[6] LIFX was also one of the first products to participate in the Works with Nest program.[7] On February 3, 2015, LIFX 2.0 was launched. This included IFTTT integration, remote access and an Android Wear app. In April 2015, LIFX was renamed LIFX Original; two new products were launched that day, White 800[8] and Color 650. On May 16, 2015, the LIFX iOS app gained support for the Apple Watch.[9] On October 1, 2016 the third generation LIFX bulbs shipped which included the original A19 and BR30 bulbs along with the GU10 track light and LIFX Downlight plus the LIFX+ bulbs and the LIFX Z light strips.[10]. In September 2017 support was added for Apple HomeKit[11]. In November 2017 the company released the LIFX Mini bulbs, LIFX Beam color bar, and the LIFX Tile colored tiles.

ProductsEdit

LIFX A19Edit

The LIFX A19 is a Wi-Fi enabled LED downlight with millions of colors and many shades of white controlled using a Wi-Fi enabled device.[12]

LIFX BR30Edit

The LIFX BR30 is a Wi-Fi enabled flood light with millions of colors and many shades of white controlled using a Wi-Fi enabled device.[13]

LIFX GU10Edit

The LIFX GU10 is a Wi-Fi enabled track light fixture with millions of colors and many shades of white that can be controlled with a Wi-Fi enabled device.[14]

LIFX DownlightEdit

The LIFX Downlight is a Wi-Fi enabled trim for a recessed light with millions of colors and many shades of white that can be controlled via a Wi-Fi enabled device.[15]

LIFX+Edit

The LIFX+ is a Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulb with millions of colors and many shades of white that also emits infra-red light to assist security cameras in lighting up dark areas. The bulb can be controlled via a Wi-Fi enabled device and is available in A19 and BR30 shapes.[16]

LIFX MiniEdit

The LIFX Mini is a Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulb controlled using a Wi-Fi capable device. The bulb has a smaller profile than the company's flagship bulbs. The bulb is 9 watts and produces 800 lumens. The bulb comes in three variants. LIFX Mini Color with millions of colors and thousands of shades of white, LIFX Mini Day & Dusk which outputs only shades of white, and LIFX Mini White which outputs only a 2700K color.[17]

Light StripEdit

The LIFX Z light strip is a color-changing, Wi-Fi enabled LED light strip.[18]

LIFX BeamEdit

The LIFX Beam is a color-changing Wi-Fi enabled light bar. [19]

LIFX TileEdit

The LIFX Tile is a set of fully integrated illuminated panels that offer millions of colors and many shades of white plus the ability to add animated effects.[20]

The LIFX AppEdit

The LIFX app for iOS, Android, Windows 10, watchOS and Android Wear manages and controls LIFX bulbs.[21] LIFX lights can also be controlling using Microsoft's Cortana, Google Now, and Amazon's Alexa intelligent personal assistants. LIFX apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft HoloLens are currently in the works.

Works with LIFXEdit

IFTTT connects LIFX bulbs with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, The Weather Channel and Google Calendar.[22] It can also connect the lights with the GPS location of a smartphone and motion sensors.[23]

When the Nest Learning Thermostat notices that you are on vacation, it switches itself on and off throughout the day to make it seem like someone is home.[24]

If the Nest Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide, LIFX bulbs start flashing red.[25]

When you press Flic, it can turn LIFX lights on or off, change the color and more.[26]

LIFX lights can be controlled using the SmartThings and Logitech Harmony ecosystem.

LIFX light bulbs can be controlled via Amazon echo or echo dot using Alexa voice control to turn on off or dim.

LIFX can now be controlled via Google Home device as of March 28, 2017. [27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ On LIFX and $1.3M: Will Crowdsourcing Implode?, CEPro, retrieved January 14, 2014 
  2. ^ a b Smartphone-Controlled Light Bulb Raises $260,000 on Kickstarter, Mashable, retrieved January 14, 2014 
  3. ^ a b LIFX shipping its bulbs after taking Kickstarter by storm, Business Review Weekly, retrieved January 14, 2014 
  4. ^ Smartphone-Controlled Light Bulb Raises $260,000 on Kickstarter, Mashable, retrieved January 14, 2014 
  5. ^ Could BeeWi Smart Color LEDs be the Hue competitor we've been waiting for?, CNET, retrieved January 14, 2014 
  6. ^ Maker Of $99 Lightbulbs, LIFX Gets $12M Series A From Sequoia Following Huge Crowdfund Campaign, Forbes, retrieved August 8, 2014 
  7. ^ "LIFX is now part of the Works with Nest program | LIFX Blog". June 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "LIFX White 800". LIFX. LiFi Labs. 
  9. ^ "Wearables". LIFX. 
  10. ^ "Lifx Plus is a color-changing smart bulb that helps your cameras see in the dark". CNET. 
  11. ^ "Hello HomeKit!". LIFX. 
  12. ^ "LIFX". LIFX. 
  13. ^ "LIFX BR30". LIFX. 
  14. ^ "LIFX BR30". LIFX. 
  15. ^ "LIFX Donwlight". LIFX. 
  16. ^ "LIFX+". LIFX. 
  17. ^ "LIFX Mini". LIFX. 
  18. ^ "Lifx finally sells color-changing light strips". CNET. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "LIFX Beam". LIFX. 
  20. ^ "LIFX Tile". LIFX. 
  21. ^ "Get the app". LIFX. 
  22. ^ "Enhance your LIFX with IFTTT". LIFX. 
  23. ^ "LIFX Channel". IFTTT. 
  24. ^ "Works with Nest". LIFX. 
  25. ^ Brown, Rich (June 23, 2014). "Developer program makes Nest a focal point for the smart home". CNET. 
  26. ^ "Flic Button". LIFX. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  27. ^ https://blog.google/products/assistant/connected-devices-smarter-home-just-ok-google-away/

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