LIFX, The iPhone-Controlled Any-Color Lightbulb [Kickstarter]

LIFX, The iPhone-Controlled Any-Color Lightbulb [Kickstarter]

Set any mood in your room, from psychopathic red to cat-lady off-yellow.

Question: How many iPhone owners does it take to change a lightbulb(‘s color)?

Answer: One. As long as he has installed the LIFX app, and bought the LIFX remote-controlled lightbulb.

The LIFX packs LEDs and a Wi-Fi access point into its pear-shaped body, and that simple combination makes it pretty awesome. Screw it in and you’re off. The app can control the bulbs individually or in groups, and you can pick the color (RGB LEDs inside will mix any hue), switch them on or off and dim them. You can have them dim and switch off on a timer (for going to sleep) and you can even have them flash a colored alert when you get, say, a Twitter @reply.

Now, I know what you’re asking. How much for this amazing, futuristic bit of tech? It’s bad(-ish) news: A single LIFX will cost you $70, but I figure that if the Kickstarter project really takes off, then they will eventually come down in price.

Still, they’ll last you up to 25 years. Lets just hope that Wi-Fi is still a thing in 2037.

  • mr_bee

    Lame. Lame that someone would “need” this, lame that anyone would bother to spend the time “inventing” it, and lame that thousands of people would actually send the guy money for this “great idea.” It’s not a *bad* idea, but it’s right up there with customised egg-boiling devices in terms of utility. “First world problems” for sure.

  • assyrianpride

    good way to prank people. they wont know whos making the lights change colors.

  • assyrianpride

    good way to prank people. they wont know whos making the lights change colors.

    unless, of course, they already know about this.

  • Lago1963

    I saw this last night in kickstarter. I but pricey but I’m feeling inclined to buy these bulbs. LEDs are long lasting so I’m trying to rationalize this purchase, lol.

  • Cortney Sauk

    I’ve been watching it for a few days now… Still undecided myself. The one thing I’m not sure about is whether or not multiple iPhone can control the same lights. If not then they are pretty much useless for anyone with more than one person in a house. Not to mention my wife would kill me if I bought LED lights at $70 a pop that only I could control… ;)

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