Smart light-bulbs: how clever does a light-bulb really need to be? Well thanks to LIFX, they’re getting pretty smart.
LIFX was another Kickstarter project that captured global interest. They’re simple to install – you replace the traditional light-bulbs in your ceiling lights or lamps with the smart LIFX bulbs and then you connect them to your wifi network using a smartphone or tablet.
Then, you can put them to work. The first thing you’re likely to try is creating a schedule so your bedroom for instance or the kids rooms start to gradually lighten in the morning in a shade that mimics the sun – waking you gently – time to lose the thundering alarm squeal on the phone under the pillow.
The most interesting, and I”ll own up, the fun part of these is bulbs is you can ‘paint’ the house with light as you can change the colour of the light coming from the bulbs, all of them or one by one – so maybe light the living room in one colour, and the hallway in another – you can light the house in a bright blue for a party or maybe a deep hue of purple for a romantic evening. The possibilities are endless – and it’s incredible fun creating these scenes.
And there’s clever add on features: you can use the bulbs to notify you of incoming email – so maybe the lamp on your desk blinks ever so slightly when you get an email from your boss – and the one feature you will play with endlessly, if you have an Apple Watch you can control the bulbs, all over the house from your wrist.
You can sync them with your house or fire alarm so they light up and flash, for example red, if the alarm is going off – so neighbours passing will see there’s a problem and you can sync with your Nest thermostat so the house ‘looks’ like someone’s home, when you’re away. The Lightbuld reinvented? Understatement!
Pricing: From €89 | More info online at: lifx.com