LIFX White 800 Review 2017 – We recently purchased the LIFX White 800 smart bulb.
The review below captures our first week with the LIFX White 800, a smart bulb made exclusively by LIFX. From purchase decision to figuring out the IFTTT recipes through trial and error (mostly error).
LIFX White 800 Review 2017
Day 1 – Purchase Decision & Initial Setup
We decided to go with the White LIFX 800 smart bulb for a couple of reasons:
- Price – Although it may seem like a lot for a single light bulb, it was on the lower end compared to other smart bulbs on the market. We also felt that $29.99 for the white version vs. $59.99 for the LIFX color changing option was an ok amount to spend on the first one.
- Simple setup – LIFX bulbs do not require a central hub to operate, everything you need is in the bulb. You can simply screw the bulb in as you would a traditional light and you are off to the races. This was a big selling point.
On the side of the interior packaging, the instructions are simple:
Once inside the LIFX app, setup is extremely simple. You have to first connect a phone to the wifi signal coming from the light bulb. You then select theWiFi network in the app, entered a password, and wait while the device connects. Setup complete.
Day 2 – Learning the Settings in the LIFX App
Every morning, most people who own smartphones will glance at their device upon waking up.
One especially nice feature of the LIFX bulb is the ability to dim the lights.
In addition to the dimming feature, there are a few basic settings that we picked up on very quickly. Setting on and off timers by pressing and holding the power button, changing the shade of white from 1 of 16 options (see below), as well as adjusting the brightness.
Below is an example of the basic controls withing the LIFX app. The wheel allows your to choose the shade of white. While the area in the middle allows you to control the brightness. The bottom of the wheel is the on/off power button.
Day 3 – LIFX x IFTTT Recipes
If you aren’t familiar with IFTTT, it stands for “If This Then That“. It is a way to create simple commands or functions. For example, If (blank) happens, then I want (blank) to happen. Moreover, if it is 6:00 am then I want my LIFX light to turn on.
The example above (lights on at 6) is one of the first IFTTT recipes we setup for LIFX White 800.
The second IFTTT recipe was to turn on the lights when arriving home. This uses the ‘Location Services’ feature on our smartphone.
Day 4 – Simple Home Automation Using LIFX & IFTTT
The 4th day the alarm goes off at 6:00 am sharp. Surprise! The new light has not turned on.
1 hour later, at 7:00 am the light turns on. After double checking the IFTTT app, it has been confirmed that the light was set for 6:00 am.
We checked the settings to ensure the time zones weren’t off. They weren’t. At this point, we are still unsure of what caused the incorrect time. Please leave a comment if you have an idea.
Fast forward, We leave the house to run a few errands. Before leaving making sure the bulb is programmed and ready to go. Remember yesterday we set an IFTTT recipe to turn the lights on when arriving.
After getting home several hours later, the light is on when walking through the door. Yes! The recipe worked. This home automation recipe is not only nice for security and convenience but was also extremely easy to setup.
Day 5 – More Home Automation Through IFTTT Recipes
We start to explore all of the different IFTTT recipes. Time to get weird! There are over 400 (yes we counted) IFTTT recipes that are specifically for the LIFX smart bulb. This is a great way to start exploring different productivity hacks as well as home automation.
Below are 5 of our favorite LIFX x IFTTT recipes currently available. We paid special attention to recipes that are good for the white bulb specifically:
- Wake me up by fading my LIFX lights
- Leave an area, LIFX bulb(s) off
- Turn my lights on at sunset
- If any new email in inbox for Gmail, then blink LIFX lights
- Tweet to turn your lights on
After looking through all of the IFTTT recipes we are starting to wish we had sprung for the $59.99 LIFX color option.
The color bulbs allows IFTTT recipes such as, flash my favorite sports team’s colors when they score, as well as other color specific recipes.
Day 6 – Semi-Smooth Sailing
Woke up today a little earlier than normal, 5:00 am. Did so because the LIFX bulb had turned on. In an effort to rectify the timing issue from day 4, the light/alarm was set for 5 o’clock thinking it would trigger at 6:00 am.
Today the smart bulb worked exactly as intended. We are extremely confused now.
Day 7 – LIFX Pros and Cons
Overall, we are very satisfied with our LIFX purchase. One of our favorite parts of the LIFX white 800 WiFi smart bulb comes down to the simple fact that it can turn on/off from a smartphone.
This may sound silly when considering all of the different functions through IFTTT and other integration partners, but this feature is especially nice.
Have you ever been ready to fall asleep in bed while the lights were still on? Typically being very comfortable laying there? Sometimes even considering to throw a pillow at the light switch in an effort to turn them off without getting out of bed.
The LIFX smart bulb solves this problem and has the potential to simplify your life through one of the hundreds of home automation IFTTT recipes.
LIFX White 800 Pros
- All in one bulb. No need to purchase the bulb in addition to a central hub
- Simple, easy, and fast setup
- Good amount of settings and features that don’t require owning additional smart home devices
LIFX White 800 Cons
- IFTTT recipe seemed to work sporadically
- Relatively expensive when comparing to a traditional light bulb
- Not the color option
We are pleased with the LIFX WiFi light bulb. This is a great smart home device for anyone looking to experiment with a new way of turning off the lights and setting up simple home automation.