LIFX Clean, at the root of it all, is a super high-tech light bulb.
Through the LIFX app, or other smart home systems like Amazon Alexa, schedule LIFX Clean to turn off and on while you're away on vacation, program it to change colors to match the music you’re listening to, create epic lighting effects to enhance your favorite video game surroundings. The list goes on and on...
But, while it (along with all of our other smart products) provides a wide range of possibilities for home enhancements, LIFX Clean is the only light bulb in the world that can provide timed and scheduled disinfecting to mitigate the growth of harmful bacteria in your home.
How does LIFX Clean disinfect?
A smart light feature that’s completely unique to LIFX Clean is its ability to eliminate bacteria on surfaces and objects in your home on a pre-set, timed schedule.
While it does emit standard light (the shiny rays that come out of the average bulbs in an everyday home), LIFX Clean’s LED diodes can also emit light with wavelengths of 405nm. This wavelength is called high-energy visible (HEV) light, which appears blue to our eyes. HEV blue light is scientifically proven to eliminate bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus (Staph) through exposure at certain lengths of time.
What is a Clean Cycle?
By using LIFX Clean’s scheduling capabilities, HEV light can be pre-set to turn on for a length of time to eliminate bacteria, and then turn off when it’s complete. This is called a Clean Cycle.
You can think of a Clean Cycle in the same way you’d think of running your other household cleaning appliances, like your laundry machine or dishwasher. If you had a large load of heavy towels to wash, you’d set your laundry machine to run on a longer setting and go about your day as it were until the cycle is finished. Or, if you have a small load of delicate undergarments, you’ll run the machine on a different cycle for a shorter length of time. Easy enough, right?
Your Clean Cycle will function much in the same way. The only difference is LIFX Clean is a smart light, which means you can use your LIFX app to schedule a cycle at any time of the day. That means there’s no need to worry about manually turning it on or off to run a load. Because it’s based on a pre-set schedule, the Clean Cycle can run while you’re out of the house, sound asleep in a different room, or doing other things around the house.
How do I use a Clean Cycle?
Just like your laundry machine, you can use your Clean Cycle to clean different things through different settings. Your Clean Cycle will vary in terms of duration and location. So how long you choose to set your Clean Cycle to run comes down to where you want to use your light to kill germs.
In order to maximise the quantity of bacteria you reduce, just like any other disinfectant product, LIFX Clean will need to run for a certain amount of time.
Efficient spot-treatment for objects
Positioning your LIFX Clean bulb in a table lamp (or the equivalent) is ideal for mitigating bacteria on everyday objects such as your cell phone, computer keyboard, or gaming controller. Close-range HEV lighting is great for efficient and effective reduction of bacteria. This type of Clean Cycle can run for as little as two hours.
General upkeep for surfaces
Situating your LIFX Clean bulb in larger lamp or hanging pendant is a great way to handle general upkeep of bacterial mitigation. Use this mid-range distance approach by running your Clean Cycle for approximately eight hours over bacteria-ridden surfaces like your kitchen or bathroom sink.
Gradual mitigation for rooms
Because bacteria are constantly multiplying and repopulating, it’s always beneficial to stay on top of gradual mitigation. To use your LIFX Clean bulb at long-range distances, in overhead lighting, set your Clean Cycle to run for approximately 12 hours. This distance and duration of a Clean Cycle is great for reducing bacteria overnight, while you sleep, in spaces like your bathroom or home office.
What else can LIFX Clean do?
With the LIFX app, you can schedule LIFX Clean to turn on and off at any time of the day, whether you’re home or away, for any given amount of time.
This is great for a lot of reasons such as energy efficiency, nightlight timing (so your little one can calmly fall asleep with the light on, but sleep through the night with the light off), and security (so you can make your lights turn on and off when you’re on vacation). More importantly, it’s also ideal for running your Clean Cycle.
Smart home integration
Just like all of our other smart products, LIFX Clean can integrate with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit and more. What this means is you can connect LIFX Clean to another device to create an ecosystem for automatic routines.
If you’re new to the smart home world, you may be wondering what that could look like. Here’s an example: Every evening, when you begin making dinner, you like to have the lights a little dimmer and your favorite playlist on in the background. With a smart home system, you can set it an automatic routine to make that happen. “Siri, it’s dinner time” can activate your LIFX Clean light to dim to a specific, perfect warm white, and your favorite smooth jazz playlist to activate.
Bam. The future is now.
By integrating LIFX Clean with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit, your lights can work for you without you having to lift a finger. The benefits of using voice control include the necessities, like making LIFX Clean start eliminating bacteria for you – “Siri, start a Clean Cycle” – as well as the niceties – “Siri, dim the lights.” The possibilities are endless, really.
550 billion colors
In the hours you’re using your LIFX Clean as a standard light (and it’s not running a Clean Cycle), you can choose from 550 billion color options to set the mood. From a warm peach to bring calms to your evening, bright fuchsia to get into a funky party mood, or a vivid to kelly green to enhancing your gaming experience, you’ll never struggle to find the right mood lighting for any setting or situation.
Warm to white range
The shades of our white lights – from bright blue whites to deep, warm ambers – have a significant impact on how we move through our days and into our nights. For example, bright whites can make you more alert and are great for helping you jumpstart your mornings, while warm ambers can help you relax and wind down for bedtime.
LIFX Clean, like all of our smart light products, has a huge range of warms to whites, so that your lights can help you get through your day in the best way.