Need some coloured LED Bulbs for the New Year that you can control using a smartphone App via Wi-Fi?
Albeit clearly a lot more expensive than the other LED like the US$10 10W GE Bright Stik (Deer, 2015, July 16) or even the US$5 Philips 60W Replacement LED Bulb (Deer, 2015, June 4), it offers one nice advantage; these bulbs are made for the IoT!
The Lifx Color 1000 gets its name from the fact that at its default brightest setting at a colour temperature of 3500 K is a little above 1000 lumens.
This coupled with the sixteen (16) different colour settings from 2,500 to 9,000 K sets the stage for a very interesting LED, especially for owner of Dance Clubs or Strip Clubs in Jamaica!
US$60 Lifx Color 1000 – Smartbulb with a 16 colour light settings
Now for the IoT part of this bulb.
The Lifx App makes it possible to control the sixteen (16) different colour settings on your smart bulb remotely over the Internet. Available for Apple iOS or Google Android, the App has several sections worth checking out:
The Colours section in the App comes with a full RGB color wheel that allows you to rotate the colour that you want to the top and thus change the Lifx Color 1000 colour to any of the sixteen (16) hues available.
The Themes is a lot like the name suggests; preset backgrounds. This is actually colour chancing cycles that paired with an emotion e.g. “Cheerful” or “Exciting” and a colorful icon that gives you a clue as to what to expect.
So what else can the Lifx Color 1000 do aside from being remotely controlled to change colour?
US$60 Lifx Color 1000 Effects and Skills – Programmable Visual FX with Amazon Echo
The Effects is really the same thing as the Themes.
But instead of just changing from colour to colour in a sequence, it adds in special effects, such as a strobe light option, cycling randomly through colours and even one that mimics a flickering candle.
This is going to make the Lifx Color 1000 really popular in night clubs and strip joints!
The Effects also packs a few additional surprises. There is an included music visualizer that taps into your smartphone microphone, allowing the colours to change in step to whatever music your playing. This seems a bit odd, as the music is already on the smartphone, so why listen to external sounds?
Possibly, it might be a consideration for the homeowner who has music being played from another source with speakers, such as a (Deer, 2015, January 8) pair of Samsung Panoramic WAM7500 and WAM6500 Speakers.
You can also schedule the light to turn on and off either via the App or using IFTTT (IF This then That) recipes based on certain external triggers such as your location or time. The in-depth, easy-to-use controls even give you control over fading the lights when they come on or off, an effect sure to please club owners trying to create a mood for their patrons based on a specific schedule.
Finally the Skills section of the App allows you to control your smart bulb via third party Voice command Application and automation platforms. So if you have windows smartphone, you can use Cortana to issue voice commands to the Lifx App.
The App also plays well with the Nest Learning Thermostat, the SmartThings connected home platform, the Logitech Harmony Hub and the Amazon Echo (Deer, 2015, May 31) smart speaker.
Lifx Color 1000 is pricey – Easier Lighting control in your Go-Go Club
Albeit a bit pricey at US$60 per bulb, this level of control on a coloured bulb without having to resort to using coloured cellophane plastic makes the US$60 Lifx Color 1000 the Strobe light for the Club.
It would have been nice if the bulb was round instead of flat-topped, as it does cast its light in all directions. This means that the Lifx Color 1000 is definitely not desklamp material, unless your desklamp will position the bulb pointing downwards!
Still, this level of integration with your existing Home automation systems makes the Lifx Color 1000 the life of the house party or the strip club, whichever you’re into as it makes setting up strobe lights that respond to dance music easier that.
Here’s the link:
- Deer, L. (2015, January 8). Samsung Panoramic WAM7500 and WAM6500 Speakers with Curved Soundbars at CES 2015. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/samsung-panoramic-wam7500-and-wam6500-speakers-with-curved-soundbars-at-ces-2015/
- Deer, L. (2015, May 31). US$199 Amazon Echo with Alexa is Ground Zero for iOT push into Home Automation. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/us199-amazon-echo-with-alexa-is-ground-zero-for-iot-push-into-home-automation/
- Deer, L. (2015, June 4). US$5 Philips 60W Replacement LED Bulb for Incandescent Bulb Replacement on a Budget. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/philips-60w-replacement-led-bulb-incandescent-replacement/
- Deer, L. (2015, July 16). US$10 10W GE Bright Stik is the cheapest 60 W Replacement LED Bulb. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/10w-ge-bright-stik/
- Crist, R. (2015, December 23). Lifx Color 1000 review: The best color-changing bulb? Not Hue you think. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/lifx-color-1000-smart-bulb/