Smart LED light bulbs have become a very popular item and can be found in millions of homes throughout the United States and beyond. LiFi Labs, Inc. began as a small American startup, founded by Phil Bosua, an Australian inventor. The company took its innovative product idea to KICKSTARTER, an extremely popular crowdfunding platform that allows inventors to launch campaigns to request public funding. The 1x LIFX Smart Bulb was an extraordinary idea that gained attention from Australian, American, and Canadian consumers. The campaign successfully raised $1,314,542 from 9,236 backer, which is quite extraordinary considering that connected devices were still trying to find their way in the world.
LIFX+ LED Light Bulb
The LIFX team continued forward on their journey to become one of the most successful producers of Smart lighting products. The White 800 and Color 650 Light Bulbs were launched in May 2015, followed by the LIFX iOS app upgrade that included Apple Watch support. On September 30, 2016, the company revealed their plan to add two more products to their existing Smart lighting lineup. The LIFX+ Smart Light Bulb and the LIFX Z Smart Light Strip is scheduled to hit the market November 1, 2016.
What sets the LIFX+ LED apart from the original version is its ability to emit infrared light. While, this feature may seem useless to most consumers, it could potentially play a huge role in home security. Almost all wireless security indoor and outdoor cameras utilize active near-infrared illumination to detect humans and animals in low-light conditions and at nighttime. The IR energy capability could potentially enhance the functionality of these security systems.
The LIFX+ will be available as a BR30 floodlight and standard A19 light bulb. The bulb is integrated with a Wi-Fi module, which acts as a communication gateway. Another unique feature that is worth mentioning is the voice-activated function. The Alexa integration provides users a hands-free convenience of voice commands. It will also support the Nest Thermostat and Nest Cam, with plans to expand in the near future.