LIFX Original A21 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb £35.99 @ Amazon
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LIFX Original A21 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb £35.99 @ Amazon

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Found 6th Oct 2015
LIFX is a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-coloured, LED light bulb that you can control with your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet.;LIFX uses a free app to customise your bulb, letting you remotely turn lights on and off, dim the brightness and change the colour, so you can set the mood whether you're waking up in the morning or entertaining a date in the evening.;LIFX automatically connects to your wireless network, making set up easy and can be used in conjunction with multiple LIFX bulbs in one room.;This energy efficient bulb consumes between 0.2W and 17W, depending on brightness level and can last up to 40,000 hours, or 25 years based on 4 hours use a day. With 4 hours use per day, your LIFX bulb will pay for itself in approx 4-5 years and will reduce green house emissions by about 80kg per year. It features a brightness level of 1,017 lumens, which is similar to a 75 watt incandescent light bulb but 4 to 8 times more efficient.;Please note: Wi-Fi features require an 802.11b/g/n compliant router in range of a bulb and either iOS 6.0+ or Android 4.0+ on your tablet or smartphone. LIFX bulbs are not intended for use in weather exposed areas
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£30 to much for me.
need WiFi Kettle instead
Wifi wife better still.
Not sure why this is being voted cold. These bulbs can be any colour you want controlled by your phone and use hardly any electricity and last many years. Good deal since the only other company I have seen making these sells then from the US for $59
A great deal at a discount of 38%.

These can also be directly integrated with Samsung's "SmartThings" Smart Home which is currently launching in the UK.
Having bought a £10 multi coloured bulb for my son's bedroom, with remote and dimmer function, can report that the novelty wore off within a few days. So much so that he asked to go back to permanent (and brighter) white only controlled by wall switch, after a week!
Edited by: "Yas" 6th Oct 2015
Yas

Having bought a £10 multi coloured bulb for my son's bedroom, with remote … Having bought a £10 multi coloured bulb for my son's bedroom, with remote and dimmer function, can report that the novelty wore off within a few days. So much so that he asked to go back to permanent (and brighter) white only controlled by wall switch, after a week!



​Agreed!
Yup, buy a £5-7 delivered 10w multi-coloured flood with remote control & keep your regular lighting "as is"

ooh it's got an app! ...ker-ching #heightofstupidity
The price may be a hurdle but that doesn’t mean these bulbs are a waste of money, it depends entirely on what you want the bulb for.

As an example, I bought a remote-controlled multi-coloured GU10 LED bulb in Aldi for 10euro and *that* was a waste of money - the colours are poor (“white” is anything but, it just display a mess of colours together), I only bought one but I wouldn’t consider three of them (the capacity of my light fitting) adequate to light a room, it always defaults to strobe mode when you first switch on the room lights which is annoying, the remote control is easy to misplace and it’s the only means of controlling the bulb, etc. My daughter found it entertaining for the first few days only so it doesn’t even have any lingering novelty value.

By contrast, I recently tried a different WiFi enabled multi-coloured 9W E27 LED light bulb which cost about 3 times the price of the Aldi one (think the brand is LED Logic but can’t recall for sure), and in my opinion that one could replace an existing room light (it’s a bigger bulb for a start, which helps), the quality of light colour was excellent to my eye (“white” was actually white, for one thing!), being able to control it from a phone (in addition to the remote it came with) was very convenient, etc. Despite it’s much higher price I would consider that one far better value for money than the “cheap” Aldi one. I’ve no idea how the Lifx one compares to the LED Logic one though so can’t comment on whether the Lifx offers value for money.

Horses for courses, there are benefits to WiFi enabled lights and for those wanting those benefits they can represent value for money if you can find the right one but a low purchase price does not automatically translate to better value for money.

What I’d like to know about the Lifx is: whether it can be turned on/off remotely (where “remotely” means when away from home - controlled over the Internet - not when on the other side of the room containing the bulb), and if not whether it can be controlled via a local server-based script in addition to via an app?; whether the Amazon comments about the Android app being flaky are still true? If the answer to one or both of those is no then these bulbs are not for me.

And even then, the LED Logic ones are cheaper, I am already impressed by them, and they come with their own remote as another means of controlling them so the Lifx ones would have to work hard to justify their extra cost to me.
Thats the thing, unless you know what you are buying & for what purpose these things are more often than not a complete rip off.

Add into the fact that if you want proper light then you are best off getting single colour measured emitters at a fraction of the cost in the first instance, ..so you are paying through the nose more for something you would typically want to simply conform to one colour ((wow a sliding scale)) ..& a limited pallete of colours once the glee of a new toy has worn off.

with a cheaper unit you can wall wash nicely & change the tone / depth of colour, & buy a good regular led bulb in the process, job done.

leaving an energy efficient led bulb on to deter burglars (etc) is going to be cheaper than resorting & remembering the app based gimmickry, timer switches are often noted because of their regularity..
In answer to one of my questions, the following review says that the Lifx bulbs can indeed be controlled remotely:

http://thetechreviewer.com/home/lifx-wifi-enabled-led-light-bulb-review/

Interesting point in that review too that because of its built-in WiFi the Lifz bulb uses more power (1.7W) in standby mode than some alternatives. Something to consider, for me that would count against Lifx bulbs.

And a quick search on GitHub confirms that the Lifx bulbs have an API and various scripts exist to control them. So another question answered.
I use my LIFX with iOS, and you can control it remotely, you don't have to be on wifi and it remains very responsive, no delay at all. You can also set schedules to turn it on/off automatically and have it fade in/out over a certain time if you want. It also integrates with IFTT so you can make it do things like blink a certain colour when you get an email or message on social media (if that's your bag).

The app used to be dreadful but it's really improved and works flawlessly for me now. I just have one bulb in an uplighter lamp in the corner of the living room. It's more than powerful enough for a whole room that way.

Height of stupidity it is not, it's actually very clever hardware and software. It's not for everyone but if you like the idea of it you'll like the product.
Also, something no one has mentioned yet is that you don't need a wifi hub for these to work like the Phillips ones, you connect the bulb straight to your wifi. One less device that you need.
njpugh90

Also, something no one has mentioned yet is that you don't need a wifi … Also, something no one has mentioned yet is that you don't need a wifi hub for these to work like the Phillips ones, you connect the bulb straight to your wifi. One less device that you need.



That was a positive for me initially, but now I'm wondering whether the overall power usage of WiFi electronics per Lifx bulb,, if using several of them, amounts to significantly more than a similar number of Phillips (or similar) bulbs plus their hub.

There are other potential downsides of WiFi per bulb too, like whether signal strength is reliable for all of the bulbs scattered round the house, whether you want that many devices on your home LAN, whether it's a pain to manage multiple individual devices directly, etc. Some of those issues may be shared with a hub -based setup mind you, particularly the signal reliability one.
This is a great price. Ignore the haters. These aren't anything like the cheap £10 coloured bulbs you can buy from China. Those bulbs are only a few hundred (normally 200 lumen), the lifx bulbs are 1000 lumen comparable to some of the expensive Philips LEDs. Consider a Philips LED can be around £20-30, even a cheap but powerful 1000 lumen from Aldi is £10. A dimmer switch to replace a normal flick switch is £10. So for an extra £10 you get a quality bulb that doesn't require a hub, has lots of firmware updates, a great app. Remote functionality, music sync, mood lighting, IFTT integration, away from home mode (lighting goes on and off randomly to simulate someone being home) and a crap load more functionality in a bulb.
Hmm, i'm thinking that this might have been the brand a friend brought round for a look at October 2014 maybe!? ..due to the room being fairly well insulated by modern standards the wi-fi operability was appalling due to in essence a faraday cage effect.
Bearing in mind it was a pretty standard foil foam foil & we were right above the router. at the other end of the house, in the north wing not a hope. this was a 1970's construct, I cannot imagine it in a modern built taped & sealed block of flats with metal frames & metal beams all over.

Meant we had to deploy a cheap led floodlight & a strobe instead (my preferred option anyway) which lit the room for purposes of silhouetting, the fact we could move regular floods around the room for best effect gave us much more scope to draw folks eyes from window to window so they didn't miss the projections.

There have been a few with bad clunky app software haven't there!? it will be interesting to see how long software is maintained with any product from hereon in & how it therefore affects long term use / vfm.

The thought of yet another vampire load product using energy when a product is "technically" off fill me with despair.
I think it tells its own story by virtue of the fact that the initial stock had almost sold out by lunchtime, and soon after were marked for delivery in 2 to 3 weeks! Not bad going for a "Today's Deal"

A great deal well worth the money once you realise their full potential.
Why is this so cold
Can we protest about these votes
This is not a bad deal. Perhaps those who voted hot the 1.5kg frozen turkey brick may not have realised this bulb has wifi...
I own one of these and it's great, just ordered another today.

Yes it's quite pricey but I kinda feel like you get a lot of functionality for the money (plus it's a fun geeky thing to play with too):

You can pretty much have any colour that exists, any brightness, use it as a SAD light, use it like a lumie clock and schedule it to wake you up with light in the mornings, set schedules for security, control remotely, link with IFTTT (which yes can be gimmicky but could get interesting), sync with music for parties etc..

The app works great (just updated today in fact) and they're still developing functionality with it so I expect improvements and additional features.



Ordered! And it better last 23 years for the price or I will be sending it back!
savage27

Ordered! And it better last 23 years for the price or I will be sending … Ordered! And it better last 23 years for the price or I will be sending it back!



The led's have that potential, however there's a lot more that may well not have been specced to last that long. for instance was it flow or hand soldered / quality of soldering, thermal paste etc.

Whilst I love LEDS, the "potential" for longevity is bandito-ed by marketing departments to epic, mythical, flying unicorn proportions oO
just noticed some of these on the big Chinese sites. prices are strangely much lower, I'm sure you get what you pay for.

thanks OP
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