LIFX A19 (2018) good bulb evaluation: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat retains getting higher

Good gentle bulb pioneer LIFX continues to innovate within the house, with its Frankenstein’s-head-shaped bulb persevering with to steer the pack on the whole lot from construct high quality to software program options.

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An vital firmware replace will considerably enhance the safety of LIFX good bulbs.

Up to date February 11, 2019 to report that LIFX has launched a firmware replace to patch a big safety vulnerability recognized by a blogger who goes by the deal with Restricted Outcomes. In case you personal LIFX bulbs, flip them on and launch the app. In case you want the patch, the app ought to notify you {that a} firmware replace is accessible for obtain. Click on OK to obtain and replace the firmware for all of the LIFX bulbs in your community. (Extra data from LIFX right here.)

Little of bodily significance has modified with the bulb within the final couple of years, because it retains its considerably odd, outsized cylindrical design. Responding to considerations that a lot of the gentle emits upward from the bulb (or downward, if put in in a ceiling can) as an alternative of to the edges, the place it’s wanted in a typical lamp surroundings, LIFX has seemingly chosen a brute-force resolution: Now packing 1,100 lumens of energy, the LIFX A19 stands as seemingly essentially the most highly effective good gentle bulb in the marketplace. And in my testing, its brightness was unmatched by the competitors.

In easy phrases, the LIFX A19 is basically the identical bulb because the LIFX+, which provides an infrared nightlight to what’s in any other case a typical, color-tunable good bulb. Right here, the evening imaginative and prescient function is just stripped out. In comparison with the LIFX+, the bulb is identical form, dimension, and weight (each are a hefty 0.46 kilos), and it carries the identical luminosity. It’s barely smaller, a bit brighter, and some bucks cheaper than 2016’s LIFX Shade 1000, which has been discontinued.

The opposite new trick with the 11-watt LIFX A19 is HomeKit compatibility. Bulbs may be arrange manually over Wi-Fi, utilizing the standalone LIFX app, or by HomeKit, in case you have an Apple TV working as a HomeKit hub. In case you do use HomeKit, you’ll discover that bulbs seem throughout the iOS Residence app and behave like another colour bulb, with dimming, colour tuning, and scheduling options all inside simple attain. That’s not a requirement, although; as with all LIFX bulbs, no hub of any type is required to make use of the A19. You can too management any of LIFX good bulb with voice instructions by way of an Amazon Echo, Google Residence, or Apple HomePod.

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The LIFX A19 stays ultra-bright, even when its form isn’t best.

The LIFX app is, as common, extra highly effective than HomeKit can provide you, and it was revamped final yr with usability clearly at high of thoughts. Separate panels allow you to change between colour tuning and white colour temperature tuning, with a easy dial providing you with a simple colour wheel to decide on hues from and a dimming slider in the midst of the circle. The app affords a number of prebuilt themes, starting from “blissful” to “Halloween,” plus eight specialty modes that vary from a music visualizer to candle flicker to “spooky” mode (which you’ll be able to pair with “Halloween” for finest outcomes).

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LIFX’s colour wheel makes selecting a shade easy.

LIFX’s “Day & Nightfall” system, which automates lights turning on to an energizing chilly gentle within the morning and slowly fading to a calming heat gentle at evening, can be enabled for this bulb. With years of testing underneath its belt, the LIFX app labored flawlessly in my testing and is intuitive sufficient for novices whereas providing loads of options for energy customers.

Whereas LIFX bulbs stay on the costly aspect, that hole has closed sufficient to make LIFX a top-tier bulb value contemplating for any surroundings the place tunable colour is on the menu.

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