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2016 the year that was!

  Time flies - we can’t believe we’re almost through the first month of 2017! So, before we jump too far ahead into the excitement of the year, we thought why not take a moment to look back at some of the awesome ways you guys have been using your LIFX lights. From bright colors, crazy amounts of connections and some interesting use of Emoji’s, we’ve rounded up the very best of 2016. A lot of people love the color blue. No really. In fact, over 4,000 people set their lights to this exact color in 2016. Word association anyone? We hunted out the most common colors named with these keywords for the year. The results? For some, not what...
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Dress your home for the Holidays with Logitech & LIFX

  The holiday season is in full swing. Weekends are filling up with parties. This time can be so hectic and crazy. We get it. That’s why we’ve pulled together some handy tips with our friends at Logitech to make entertaining at your home, less stress and more success. So sit back, put your feet up and let us do the hard work for you. When you team your LIFX lights with Logitech’s Harmony hub based remotes and the new Logitech POP Home Switch, party planning is as simple as clicking your fingers. Here are some of our favorite ways to get started: Get your home in holiday mode Press your Logitech POP and instantly transform your home from functional...
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Let your tech do the haunting for you this Halloween

    How does a light bulb make your home extra spooOooky? Easy. We’ve come up with these quick and easy tips to help you cast fear in the eyes even the most experienced trick or treater.   Discover your sixth sense with Yonomi Take your Halloween game to a whole other level by connecting with the free app Yonomi, our friends there have set-up preset routines to give your home an edge above the rest, check them out here.   Conjure up some darkness Kick off your haunted home with motion detected darkness. All you need is a LIFX light, a smart camera, and IFTTT. From there create a recipe to fade your lights slowly into darkness every time the camera...
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Halloween LIFX-o'-Lantern

  With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve created a simple ‘How To’ guide for making your very own spooky, WiFi-controlled Jack-o’-Lantern…or what we like to call a LIFX-o’-Lantern! We bet your neighbors and friends have never seen a Jack-o’-Lantern that pulses to your music and changes colors – welcome to next level Halloween party decorations. Step 1 – Get your materials ready.– 1 Large pumpkin– 1 Carving Kit (kitchen knives and spoons are also okay)– 1 Goo (brains) bowl– 1 Light fixture– 1 LIFX bulb   Step 2 – Time to get-a-slicing! Not sure about how to sculpt yourself a super spooky lantern face? Trying printing out a template (like this one we used), place it over your pumpkin and away...
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What is a lumen?

  Typically, consumers have been used to the act of searching for a specific wattage when looking to purchase new light bulbs.  However, with the growing popularity of energy saving bulbs that use LED technology, lumens as the measurement of light, has become more important to understand, to make sure you get the light you want. Because of this, very similar to food labels, manufacturers have recently began to label lumens on their packaging to easily allow customer the ability to better understand the bulb’s overall ability to emit light. The higher the amount of lumens will result in a brighter output of light. Alternatively, a lower amount of lumens will result in a dimmer brightness and overall lower light...
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Connecting things to LIFX with IFTTT

At LIFX, not only do we love great lighting, but we are also avid fans of making things work together. That’s why when asked by our friends at IFTTT if we would be interested in being one of the companies to develop on their new beta platform, we said yes! We’ve worked closely with IFTTT to bring their experience seamlessly to the LIFX app. No longer do you need to navigate to their website to connect your lights with the 330 (and counting) services they have available (that number includes the likes of Twitter, August, Ring and ESPN). With just a few well placed swipes and taps on your smart device you can set your lights to blink when you’re...
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Understanding Kelvin and light temperature

LIFX bulbs provide fantastic benefits, such as great energy savings and a long lifespan of up to 22 years*. However, one important benefit that is often overlooked is how different color temperatures of lighting can positively impact the look and feel of a space. Color temperatures are measured in Kelvin (K). If you’re wondering what that means, here’s a quick overview of the lighting you might be familiar with, and the corresponding Kelvin temperature. When talking about the Kelvin scale with home lighting, let’s start with the warm glow produced by a candle or an early sunrise, which would measure around 2,000K. As you move up the scale from 2,500K to 3,500K, you move through warm color temperatures that an...
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Setting up your first smart home

Smart lighting is often the first step in converting your home to a smart one. With no shortage of companies offering a variety of solutions, it can be difficult to know where to go next. Complicated set-ups, additional hardware, and outside hubs can take the fun and ease out of connected living. That’s why we believe that a smart home should offer simple solutions to everyday challenges and shouldn’t take an engineering degree to get started. To help with this, we’ve been working hard this year to create simple to use, intuitive connections between Nest products and your LIFX lights. We’ve pulled together a quick list below of ways you can use these to simply improve the security, safety, and...
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LIFX now works with Nest Cam

LIFX is a great way to kick start your connected home, but to do this it needs to work seamlessly with the other smart devices you have. That’s why we have been working with the team at Nest to introduce and a new and improved interface to help you quickly and easily set up your lights which now, not only work with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect but also the Nest Cam. So how does the new interface improve your experience? Nest products help you create a thoughtful home with simple solutions to efficiency, security and safety. Our new and improved connection with Nest now reflects these priorities and allows you to enable integrations that will directly improve your...
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Introducing Color Sharing

The latest update for our iOS and Android apps has been released and with it some great new features.  With millions of colors possible from just one LIFX light, we know it is an important part of the experience, which is why in our latest update we have decided to celebrate just that... color! We’ve made it easier than ever to ensure that you are able to produce the exact same shade across all your lights with our new copy and paste feature. Simply long-press the color description (e.g. Color 60°) and then copy and paste the name onto a different light. With just a few taps on your phone your favorite shade of green is now reflected by all...
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