LIFX is a revolutionary LED light bulb that heralds a new era in electric lighting. It was introduced in 2012 by Phil Bosua, LIFX founder and inventor, beginning its commercial life as a crowdfunding Kickstarter project. Within 6 days of its launch, LIFX had attracted $1.3m in pledged investment.
The LIFX bulb is a wifi-enabled bulb that can be operated from any iOS or Android device using a downloadable app. You can dim the bulb, freely alter its colour, and control groups of lights without any special circuitry. Dimming is achieved without any worry about dimmer switch purchase or compatibility—it’s all done from your smartphone or tablet! With these bulbs, you can set up a layered lighting scheme and create mood with the minimum of fuss.
Other useful LIFX features include remote cloud operation, allowing control from anywhere in the world for security purposes; a gentle wake-up and dimming function that slowly switches lights on and off as you wake and fall asleep; and simple on/off operation via a regular light switch (must be in an ‘on’ position for wireless control).
On top of all this, the LIFX bulb offers the usual outstanding energy efficiency of LED lighting as well as a long 40,000-hour lifespan. The lifespan is 40 times longer than that of an original incandescent light bulb! LIFX bulbs have regular screw fit or bayonet caps, for easy compatibility with existing lamp-holders.
Though it has a few competitors in the ‘smart bulb’ market, LIFX is backed by a team of ambitious developers, engineers, marketers and customer support staff, whose aim it is to deliver the best smart bulb experience in the industry. In its relatively short life, LIFX has already been praised in illustrious publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Economist. If you want to learn more about the applications of this new form of lighting technology have a look at our guide to Lifx.