Any regular readers will know that we love technology and when the makers of a wifi lightbulb got in touch, I was more than a little intrigued to see how the humble light bulb could be modernised! Lightbulbs have been around for over 130 years, with the only real leaps in the technology in that time being what we know as the energy saving bulb and more recently LED bulbs. How could a wifi enabled bulb be useful?
Well, the LIFX Color 1000 is quite remarkable and fits into modern life almost instantly. I say almost because it took hubby an Android App, an iOS App and finally a Windows 10 App (I know!) to get the bulb to work. It needed a firmware upgrade straight out of the box and achieving this was a little tricky. Hubby tried his trusted Android phone first, but the bulb would not accept the home wifi configuration to start the upgrade. The same was true when using the iOS App, but it got a little further into the configuration but would not show up within the App after the upgrade was supposedly complete. Finally, Windows 10 came up trumps with a version of the App that worked on the first attempt. The configuration was then pretty straight forward and the Android and iOS Apps also now recognised the bulb and were able to operate it.
The LIFX App is also able to work with other pieces of wifi enabled tech in the home. Already having a Nest Thermostat at home, Hubby was pleased to see that the LIFX App could be used in partnership with Nest. This works when in Away Mode on the thermostat, for example when you’re on Holiday, Nest will automatically detect this to use less heating or none at all when your not there. LIFX uses the Away mode and will randomly turn on what ever LIFX bulbs you may have set up, to make it appear as if your home is still occupied.
LIFX produce bulbs that are available in various fittings so you will be able to use them all around the home from ceiling lights to table lamps. And with energy efficient LED technology inside, you will not only save money but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. We love having the LIFX Color 1000 Lightbulb in our lounge and we have been impressed that LIFX really have modernised, and reinvented, the bulb!