LIFX 2-pack Wi-Fi Smart/Smart + A19 Dimmable bulbs on sale


(jkp) #1

LIFX.com has 2-Pack LIFX Wi-Fi Smart A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb on sale for $59.99 when you apply buy one get one free discount code LIGHTMEUP during checkout. Shipping is free.

Also available, LIFX.com has 2-Pack LIFX Wi-Fi Smart +A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb w/ Night Vision on sale for $79.99 when you apply buy one get one free discount code LIGHTMEUP during checkout. Shipping is free.


#2

Buy 1, get 1 sounds like a sweet deal to me.

To anyone in the know: This sounds like a great deal, but I don’t have any experience with the LIFX bulbs at all. Right now I have 6 Philips hue A19 white bulbs on a Philips hue hub, with the hub then paired up to my SmartThings v2 hub and everything works great/seamless so far for me. How would these LIFX(non-Night Vision) bulbs compare to the my hue bulb setup I’ve got? I assume that these will connect directly to my ST hub via one of the wireless standards(wi-fi, zigbee, z-wave?) Also, aside from the white(hue) vs color(LIFX) differences, is there anything else of importance/concern I should be made aware of?

Thank you for this deal and also, thanks to anyone in advance for any input you can provide!


(Realy Living Dream) #3

LIke Hue have their own bridge, then the Hue bridge talks to ST hub. LIFx connect to the LiFx cloud via your home Wifi and then accept/report changes from ST via cloud to cloud communication.
Lifx are Wifi, Hue are ZigBee Light link.
Hue bridge and ST hub talk over your local LAN, no cloud involved. LifX are strictly cloud based, so no local control at all.
Some claim LifX have better colors than Hue, that is a matter of personal opinion. Lifx being Wifi can be better in more remote areas where you may not have a good ZigBee signal, since Wifi is more powerful than ZigBee.


#4

Thank you for your reply. Very informative and helpful! :clap:t3:

Question: So as far as local vs cloud execution, the LIFX bulbs are triggered and controller via cloud-cloud communication over WiFi via our ST hub, and the hue bulbs are controlled locally over Zigbee via the ST hub…

It seems to me that most people on here(and other related forums, websites, etc.) tend to prefer locally executing devices due to speed, but also in the sense that if there were to be a ST hub power failure/“blip” at my location, ST hub firmware update, ST system wide outage(Unfortunately, we’ve seen many of those in the past several months.), etc., my locally running devices(I actually have several “local” devices–outlets, bulbs, etc. But in this case, I’m specifically referring to my hue bulbs.) shouldn’t be adversely affected by such temporary hub outages?

While on the other hand, all non-local devices, my cloud executing devices(such as these LIFX bulbs), will “flicker” or turn off altogether until the ST hub is back up and running properly? Or would such bulbs as these LIFX bulbs need to be switched back on via manually turning them back on via an app/smartapp, routine(scheduled or manually run), etc.?


#5

All of the bulbs in my smart home environment consist of all Hue colored bulbs via the Hue Bridge and LIFX colored bulbs.

I just wanted to add this to the conversation:

  1. If you go with Hue and are going to directly integrate your bulbs with ST and skip the Hue Bridge (not recommended), then when ST goes down, you have no way of controlling your bulbs unless you have let’s say Smart Lighting rules in place or direct access to things in the ST app, or flipping switches off and on (which I don’t recommend using with Smart Bulbs for the life of the bulbs).

  2. The beauty of having Hue bulbs and the Hue Bridge is that you can have these integrated (via the Bridge being discovered) into ST and in the event that ST goes down (which is often in 2018), then you still have 100% control of your Hue bulbs via the Hue App on your phone. With Hue while SmartThings is working, yes, you get Local execution

  3. Same thing applies for the LIFX bulbs (minus the need for a bridge) in that you can integrate these into ST and when ST goes down, you still have 100% control of your LIFX bulbs via the LIFX app on your phone. No local execution.

You get the convenience of having these integrated with ST but still have a backup plan (plan b) and full functionality / control of your devices via their native apps. The points I’m making above are due to stability and reliability issues with the ST platform and you DO NOT want to be 100% dependent on ST or you will regret it later. :slight_smile:


(Realy Living Dream) #6

Hue are controlled over your lan from ST Hub to Hue bridge, and the Zigbee from Hue bridge to the lights.

There are a lot of misconceptions about “local execution”. If there is a power outtage nothing is going to work. If a cloud or internet issue your ST app will not work.
However, a local SmartLighting rule, such as lights on with motion or if a door opens will work if both devices run locally. In this example, your internet goes out ( but router is still working ). If you have a motion sensor and walk into a room, the Hue lights will turn on, but the Lifx will not.