A lot of people already upgraded from using the regular old light bulbs and have opted for smart bulbs and light strips instead. If you aren’t familiar with these, they’re also called the ‘clever lights’ that can easily brighten up your party or even improve your sleep using a simple app to fine-tune your lighting; that is if we’re talking about the LIFX A19 and LIFX Plus A19 Smart Lightbulb, and the LIFX Z Light Strip.

We’re going to focus on the products of LIFX which is a top option when it comes to color changing smart bulbs, light strips, and a lot more. Are these easy to use? Can you decorate your home with different colors to set the mood? Do you need technical skills and extra hardware to make these work? Let’s look further and get more information about the products and see if the smart bulbs and light strips from LIFX are worth purchasing.

The LIFX A19 Review

We all want things to be quick, easy, and convenient especially at home, so having smart light bulbs are one of the ways to upgrade your lighting to full wireless control. What’s good about these types of bulbs is that it can drop your energy consumption, especially when you’ve just really gotten around to changing your old bulbs with LED bulbs that are definitely more energy efficient.

It’s also great that LED bulbs can last longer than 15 years under regular usage which means that you can save more money by utilizing the smart bulb’s useful features, namely remote operation and scheduling.

For a brighter and more colorful place, you can check out the LIFX A19 Smart LED light bulb which is a great option to add more vibrancy to your home. You can set a good tone to have convenient lighting, and its app allows you to control a ton of colors just by using your smartphone. If you’re thinking that setting up is tricky or you need a whole lot of technical skills for it, relax because LIFX A19 is easy to set up: just download the app, connect the bulb in your preferred room, then you’re good to go.

Whats in the Box?

What we like about the bulbs and light strips from LIFX is that all of them are packed in a simple yet attractively-designed cardboard drum container that is durable enough to protect the lights. The containers also have a detailed list of all the main features and specifications of the bulb which is great if you’re actually comparing the product to a different one.

Bulbs are kept nice and snug but don’t worry about anything breaking since the bulb’s head is made of durable plastic; for its base, it is slipped in a foam block piece to prevent any knocks from breaking the bulb’s metal fitting.

Opening the top cover of the container, the first thing that you’ll see is the bulb’s flat end; just pull out and you’ll see that the bulb’s still connected to the foam holder. After pulling out the bulb, you will see the manual tucked to the foam base. There isn’t much in the packaging and no space is wasted when LIFX packed their A19 Smart Lightbulb in this well-designed container.

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The Product

When you look at the appearance of the LIFX bulbs, they don’t appear like your classic old light bulbs; these look more similar to most LED lights when it comes to the design: a plastic head that somehow resembles a plastic hockey puck that is set on a metal chassis.

The bulb’s metal chassis is strong and durable so we can say that we’re quite confident with its built quality. It keeps the bulb’s Wi-Fi hardware, LED lights, lighting controllers, and the tiny computer in each bulb safe while also working as a heat sink to passively cool the bulb’s internal hardware.

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Product Specifications

Details and Specs:

  • Type: LED Light Bulbs
  • Device Compatibility: Google Assistant, SmartThings, Amazon Alexa, Nest, IFTTT
  • Connectivity: No hub required
  • Paddle Type: App controlled
  • Base Type: B22 Bayonet Connection
  • Bulb Shape: A Series
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Operating Environment: Indoor
  • Bluetooth: No
  • HomeKit Enabled: No
  • Auto Shut Off: No
  • Motion Activated: No
  • Color Changing: Yes
  • Built-in Speaker: No
  • Energy Monitoring: No
  • Two-wire Installation: No
  • Remote Control Included: No
  • Smart Light Bulb: Yes
  • Smart Light Control: Yes

Smart Light Features:

  • Wattage: 11W
  • Lumens: 1100 Lumens
  • Lumens per Watt: 100 Lumens
  • Certifications: REACH, CUL, FCC, UL, CE, IC, SRRC, EAC, R&TTE, SAA, PSE, RoHS, FAC, MIC, RCM, TRA, CQC
  • Color Temperature Range: 2500k to 9000k
  • Dimmable: Yes
  • WiFi Compatibility:11 b/g/n
  • Expected Lifetime: 25000 h
  • Voltage: 100 V to 240 V
  • Beam Angle: 130 °

Controller Features

  • Height: 5 cm
  • Width: 3 cm
  • Weight: 210 g
  • Depth:3 cm

Performance

After trying out the LIFX A19 Smart Lightbulbs, we can say that these work well and are easy to install, but the thing that impressed us the most is its rich color and brilliance – you can say that it’s blinding compared to the bulbs of other brands. Aside from its brightness, it also has useful customizable features accessible in the LIFX app; you’ll be able to fine-tune your settings and control the colors of your smart LED bulb with just one click.

Aside from being bright, convenient, and practical, we can’t deny that LIFX A19 is fun but most importantly, it’s a very reliable product that is up to par with the field.

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How to Use

Now we’re going to talk about how to use and install the LIFX A19. This is the fun part which also makes LIFX’s products some of the best things to have for your smart home.

To start setting up the bulb, all you need to do is to download the LIFX application on your smartphone or computer, register an account, then click on the plus button (found at the top right corner of your phone’s screen) then choose “connect light”. There will be a few instructions available then you will be asked for the following: your Wi-Fi connection, password, the name for your light and where you’ve set it. Once done, wait for the LIFX A19 Smart Lightbulb to blink since it indicates that you were able to successfully pair the LED bulb. If you have more than one LIFX A19 bulb, repeat these steps until all the lights have been connected. You will be allowed to make different groupings that you can easily control in a variety of ways.

All of your LIFX A19 Smart Lightbulbs can be controlled from the LIFX app since everything you’ll need will be present upon opening it; control options that are available include individual lights, all lights, or groups. We also took note of one of the most notable features of the app and it is the ability to make the lights fade on or off over a given time. If you want to try this, just press and hold the group / light icon to bring up a pop-up menu; here, you will be able to select between ten seconds and thirty minutes to have the lights fade either on or off. If you want to customize the lights further, you’ll need to tap the name that’s found right below the circle. Doing this will lead you to a screen where you can customize the color, saturation, brightness, or the shades of white. Just like we said, installation is easy but you’ll be spending a lot of fun time controlling and playing with your lights.

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Conclusion

We know that LIFX’s products are very impressive and LIFX A19 is one of these. You can easily alter the lighting and atmosphere of your home in just seconds: if you want a romantic setting, set the lights for a themed party, or if you just want to brighten up your surroundings with warm lighting during a cold or rainy day, all you need to do is to choose colors on your LIFX app and you’re all set.

Since it’s also easy to install, we highly recommend the LIFX A19 Smart Lightbulb; you won’t need to have any extraordinary technical skills which make it something really convenient for anyone who wants to quickly and easily create a new look for their home.

The LIFX Plus A19 Review

LIFX is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to smart lighting and today, we’re going to focus on the LIFX Plus A19 Smart Lightbulbs. We noticed that these bulbs are quite similar to the LIFX Color 1000 when it comes to the warm and soft whites, wide color range, and the evidently bright light. The only difference between the two is the infrared feature that the LIFX plus has; other than that, everything else is the same.

Whats in the Box?

The first look that we had on LIFX Plus’ packaging was quite interesting; we didn’t really expect to see it in a minimalistic but beautiful packaging that is quite appealing to the eyes. At first, we thought it was a rather flimsy container but surprisingly, it’s a sturdy container that definitely protects the bulb inside.

When you pop off the cover, the first thing you’ll see is the flat end of the bulb; when you pull out the bulb, the installation documents can be found neatly tucked in a crack that’s on the foam base. It’s basically just like the packaging of the LIFX A19 – minimalistic, attractive, snug, well-protected, and no wasted space.

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The Product

Let’s focus on the product itself: when you look at the LIFX Plus A19’s appearance, it looks just like the LIFX Color 1000 which came before this. The two products are basically the same bulb with the same size, features, and color; what’s new is the presence of an infrared light that appears once the LIFX Plus is turned off.

What’s great about the LIFX Plus A19 is that is can give a total of 16 million colors, white shades from 2500k to 9000k, are dimmable, and can be equipped with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Additionally, the LIFX Plus also features an additional infrared LED built-in which works by giving invisible lighting at night; this is very useful if you have any night vision security cameras in your home.

Another great thing about the LIFX plus bulbs is that these are compatible with numerous third-party applications such as SmartThings, Nest Protect, and The Nest Learning Thermostat to name a few; you can also link these with the Echo Dot and Amazon Echo smart speakers for voice-activation light changes via Alexa. LIFX Plus is also available for IFTTT.

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Product Specifications

Key Features

  • Dimmable: Yes
  • Indoor / Outdoor Use: Yes
  • Incandescent Wattage Equivalent: 75 Watts
  • Bulb Type: A19
  • IoT Hub (Internet of Things): Not Needed
  • IoT Platform: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, Nest, LIFX, Google Assistant
  • Voice Control App: Alexa, Siri, Google
  • Warranty for parts and labor: 2 years
  • Operating System Compatibility: Android, Windows, Apple iOS
  • Screw-In Base Type: Standard
  • Diameter: 8 Inches
  • Certification Type: UL
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Color: Multicolor and Infrared
  • Model Number: LHA19E26UC10P

Lighting

  • Base Type: Screw in
  • Color Temperature: Multicolor
  • Number of bulbs: 1
  • Bulb Shape: Globe
  • Voltage: 120 V

Performance

  • Maximum Life Hours: 25000 hours
  • Weather Resistant: No

Performance

The LIFX Plus work just the same as the previous LIFX bulbs but these are much brighter at every white and color setting; it’s a greater improvement given that these bulbs don’t utilize more energy than the previous LIFX bulbs do so that’s something really notable about the LIFX Plus.

Everything is the same except for the Plus’ infrared diodes that easily cast out invisible light once these are turned off; this is the same light that is present in night vision cameras which means that LIFX Plus A19 can provide greater visibility for night vision cameras that are set in low light conditions. We can say that this is definitely a cool and very useful feature which makes LIFX Plus a recommendable product especially if you have night vision cameras at home.

How to Use

Although it has a ton of great features, LIFX Plus is one of the easiest smart lightbulbs to install without needing any additional hardware or hub. You just need to install the bulb, download the app, then play with the settings to get the colors and hues that you prefer. The LIFX Plus is just like the original LIFX LED bulb and the LIFX Color 1000 since it makes use of a built-in W-Fi radio to link to your home network; once everything’s connected, you’ll be able to control LIFX Plus from any place that has stable internet connection.

Once you download the LIFX app, you will be required to register an account with LIFX, then after that, you’ll be given a couple of instructions to connect the light. When you’ve successfully paired this, your LIFX Plus bulb will blink to indicate that the connection was successful. You can do this for all the LIFX bulbs that you have in your home which will be easy enough to control since you can group your lights depending on your choice.

As for its infrared feature, it simply turns on when the bulb is off; LIFX has already updated their application so you can easily adjust the infrared’s brightness or you can turn it off when needed.

Conclusion

A big advantage that LIFX Plus has over other brands is the fact that it can emit infrared light which helps your LIFX Plus emits invisible light that security cameras need to see in low light conditions. The issue concerning a lot of security cameras is that these can only fill a certain area with infrared light to see clearly which is why the LIFX Plus A19 Smart Lightbulb is something that we’d really recommend if you have any security cameras set up in your home.

Aside from this, the Plus is undeniably brighter and more efficient as ever since it features an efficient, reliable, easy to use, and well-designed app that you can control anytime and anyplace that has a reliable internet connection.

The LIFX Z Review

Light strips have been around for quite some time and different brands have already given their fair share of these. It’s a good thing that LIFX made things a little more interesting when they introduced the LIFX Z which is a collection of multi-colored LED strips that you can easily set up.

Let’s check out what’s included in the box when you purchase the LIFX Z.

What’s in the Box?

The LIFX Z comes in a durable and well-designed cardboard drum packaging that features a detailed list of the product’s primary features and specifications; this is something really convenient especially when you want to get quick details about the product.

Once you open the lid, you will see the light strips neatly coiled on plastic drums which will make it easier for you to pull out. There are also three levels of the packaging where all the other contents are stacked throughout. Inside the container, you will see the following items: a power supply cable, two LED strips, a plug, an adaptor, and a little manual.

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The Product

We can’t deny that these vibrant light strips add a fresh dynamic to your home which is also something super fun since you can ‘paint’ each strip with diverse colors. Compared to other similar products that are around, the LIFX Z strips are categorized into 8 different color zones and by changing the colors of each, you can easily decorate your home with colors.

Unlike other light strips that are available, the LIFX Z adds enough illumination to the strip since it gives off 1,400 lumens per two meters; though adding the extension kit will put an extra 700 lumens, giving it a total brightness that is 2,800 lumens. The LIFX Z also has other exceptional things in store for you such as color temperature that ranges between 2500 to 9000k, 16 million colors, 8 watts wattage use, a two-year warranty, dimming from 1 to 100%, and expected life of 23 years when the light strips are used 3 hours a day.

There are two options for you to choose from when it comes to the LED strips and these are the Starter Kit or the Extensions – the only difference between these is that you will get an additional LED strip if you choose the Extension model.

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Product Specifications

LIFX Z Starter Kit

  • Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 47 x 39.4 x 0.16 inches per strip
  • Cable Length:5 cable from the power plug to the controller unit
  • Single Unit Weight: 411 g / 0.91 lbs
  • SKU / Model Number: LZC2M4WWUC07 / LZC2M4INUC07
  • Packaged Dimensions (L x W x H):12 x 5.12 x 4.24 inches
  • Brightness: 1400 lumens (per 2 meters), 2800 lumens maximum per controller
  • Wattage Use: 17W maximum, 30W maximum per controller
  • Wattage on Standby: < 0.5W
  • Color Temperature: 2500K to 9000K
  • Color Range: 16 million w/ cool to warm whites
  • Dimming: Dimming Software (1% to 100%)
  • Expected LED Life: 8 years
  • Plug Types: US Kit: Plug Type A; International Kit: Interchangeable Plug Types A, C, G, & I
  • Fitting and Class: Dual LED Light Strips w/ Power Pack and Controller
  • Voltage Range: AC 100 – 240V 50/60 Hz (Universal Compatibility)
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Android 4.1+, iOS 9+
  • Wi-Fi Router Requirement: 11 b,g,n standards compliant
  • Security: WPA2
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Material / Finish: Pearl White
  • Certifications: CUL, UL, IC, FCC, CE, RoHS, REACH, R&TTE,SAA, RCM, MIC, SRRC, PSE, CQC,TRA, EAC, FAC
  • Precautions: Should not be used in weather-exposed areas

LIFX Z Extension Kit

  • Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 4 x 0.47 x 0.16 inches per strip
  • Cable Length:5 cable from the power plug to the controller unit
  • Single Unit Weight: 44 g / 0.09 lbs
  • SKU / Model Number: LZ1MEUC07 / LZ1MEUC07EU
  • Packaged Dimensions (L x W x H):12 x 5.12 x 2.16 inches
  • Packaged Weight: 130 g / 0.28 lbs
  • Brightness: 1400 lumens (per 2 meters)
  • Wattage Use: 17W (per 2 meters)
  • Wattage on Standby: < 0.5W
  • Color Temperature: 2500K to 9000K
  • Color Range: 16 million w/ cool to warm whites
  • Dimming: Dimming Software (1% to 100%)
  • Expected LED Life: 8 years
  • Fitting and Class: Single LED Light Strip w/ Connector Pins for LIFX Z
  • Voltage Range: AC 100 – 240V 50/60 Hz (Universal Compatibility)
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Android 4.1+, iOS 9+
  • Wi-Fi Router Requirement: 11 b,g,n standards compliant
  • Security: WPA2
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Material / Finish: Pearl White
  • Certifications: UL, FCC, CUL, IC, CE, R&TTE, RoHS, REACH, SAA, RCM, CQC, SRRC, PSE, MIC, TRA, EAC, FAC
  • Precautions: Should not be used in weather-exposed areas

Performance

After trying out the LIFX Z, we can say that it’s a pretty impressive product to have in your home; it doesn’t only make your house look great but it is also easy to install and operate. The white customization and color quality are definitely notable, and given that it also has a lot of options when it comes to the colors make it a good choice that is worth the purchase. Additionally, the strips are crisp and brilliant so there isn’t any drop in the quality while the colors change; and also, the lights remain extremely responsive even when it is being controlled from the app.

How to Use

You don’t need to have technical skills to install the LIFX Z and you will only need a couple of minutes to complete the setup to start painting your home.

First off, you need to download LIFX’s mobile app so you’re required to have a phone that makes use of Android or iOS. Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it and you will be asked to link to the LED’s Wi-Fi connection; you will need to scroll and search for a network named LIFX. Once you’ve successfully connected to the strips, you’ll need to link to your own Wi-Fi network, then after that, you’ll have to figure out where to set your LED strips.

Before positioning the LIFX Z, you will need to connect the light strip to the cord; just make sure that the 3M adhesive is facing the LIFX logo or you won’t be able to connect this properly. Once that is done, you can peel off the plastic tape behind the LED strip then position it on the surface of your choice such as behind the TV, beneath the countertops, etc.

When you’ve finally set the strips to the preferred location, you can now connect this to the power supply then plug it to the nearest outlet. Keep in mind that you can bend these at a 90-degree angle but make sure to avoid bending it directly on the LED light. We didn’t have any problems installing and setting up LIFX Z which is something really convenient, especially when you don’t have great technical skills.

Conclusion

Color changing lighting is a smart novelty for your home and overall, we were highly impressed with the performance of the product. It not only offers us with an easy to use app and a ton of colors to choose from, but it also gives us a couple of unique features that aren’t available on other light strips: additional lumens when the strip is extended, painting in multiple colors, as well as color zones.

Installation, as we have seen, is also very easy so we highly recommend the LIFX Z to illuminate and make your home more vibrant.

The LIFX App

After you’ve downloaded the LIFX app, open it and head straight to the Themes option where you’ll find the available preset themes; it has one great feature that we’ve really enjoyed playing with and that’s painting colors right on the strip. A color palette is present so you can click and drag the colors of your choice across the strip. I think this feature is pretty useful when you’re celebrating the holidays, having a specific theme for a birthday party, or if you just want to have a relaxing atmosphere with lights that are dim enough to give off a cozy feel.

If you’re not really into the painting game, you can just select from a ton of preset themes that are available and these brighten up the light strip consecutively. As for the white lights, these works similarly to the LIFX bulbs where you can actually change the LED strips to various shades of whites; just remember that you can’t have multiple whites along the strip.

All in all, the LIFX app is easy to use and very intuitive with a connection that is mostly reliable; this actually depends on how stable your internet connection is, the size of your house, as well as the distance of the strips from your router. You don’t need to download another app if you also have LIFX bulbs in your home since all the LIFX lights can be controlled using just one application. You can see that LIFX also provides us with a lot of conveniences – from how easy it is to setup and install the lights, to using the application to paint your home.

Another feature of the app that we found very useful is that you can make groups and even set schedules to control all the lights in your home with just one tap. The LIFX Z and LIFX Bulbs is also compatible with a variety of smart home gadgets and these include the following:

  • Amazon Alexa (through Amazon Dot or Echo)
  • IFTTT
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Nest Protect and Nest Smart Thermostat
  • Google Assistant App
  • Scout Alarm
  • Logitech Harmony Remote
  • Flic

Where to Buy

If you head on over to the official LIFX website you can pick up the LIFX A19 for $74AUD, the LIFX+ A19 for $89AUD and the LIFX Z for only $129AUD.

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