The smart bulb to rule them all.
The increasing popularity of the smart home concept now sees every company releasing their own devices that fit nicely into that platform. Take for example LIFX, they’ve been manufacturing smart bulbs for years, ones that you can conveniently control with your smartphone.
We’ve been using the LIFX Mini for more than a week, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy using it. The new LIFX Mini is well, the smaller and less expensive version of the original LIFX bulb. It peaks at 800 Lumens brightness while consuming only about 9 watts. The LIFX Mini comes in three variations: a white-only bulb, a ‘Day and Dusk’ bulb and a ‘Color’ version. Both the Day and Dusk bulb and the multi-colored bulb were supplied to us, which will reflect on the rest of this review.
The LIFX Mini Day and Dusk bulb offer different white-light settings starting from a candlelight lighting at 1500K all up to a cool 4000K setting where you can also adjust the brightness of each.
The LIFX Mini Color offers more 360 colors to choose from, including the same white-light options from the Day and Dusk bulb.
The LIFX Mini is Wi-Fi enabled, and you would need the accompanying smartphone app to set up and configure the bulbs. Setting up is easy, and you’ll these bulbs up and running in just a few minutes. These bulbs use the same screw as any other bulb, meaning that you can replace the lights or lamps in your home with the LIFX Mini.
The LIFX app houses all the controls that you need to configure the LIFX Mini. This includes choosing the color and brightness of the bulb that you like along with updating the firmware.
You can change the color by rotating the color wheel (it’s similar to the Day and Dusk bulb as well) and then sliding the vertical dial for the brightness.
There is also an option to use different color themes (for the LIFX Mini Color) that are preloaded on the app, where you can choose from ‘Mellow’ and ‘Peaceful’ to ‘Intense’ and ‘Energizing’.
The rest of the other features like lighting effects and day and dusk lighting, are both available on the Color and Day and Dusk bulbs.
But what makes these smart bulbs work even better is its integration with services like Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. It’s even compatible with other automation services like IFTTT, Nest, and even Logitech’s Harmony remote.
I set up the LIFX Mini using my iPhone, so HomeKit was the platform I was using. Setting the LIFX Mini up with Apple’s HomeKit was also hassle-free, and once that is done I can easily use Siri to run on the lights or even create an automation that would turn on the lights at a specified time.
LIFX said the Mini has a 22-year lifespan, so I hope I’m still using these bulbs after two decades – which kind of makes the price worth it (prices start at 149 AED). Still, it’s a pretty big investment if you’re planning to change your entire house with smart bulbs.
One thing’s for sure, I didn’t realize how convenient it would be when I started using the LIFX Mini smart bulbs and yes, it also looks cool.
+ Bright and highly customizable
+ Compatible with nearly every home automation app and platform
– Might be expensive for some
Final Rating: 4/5