Every now and then a project arrives on Kickstarter that blows people away and the pledges just go through the roof. One example of this is the LIFX Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulb and it appears to have captured everyone’s imagination. The LIFX is a state of the art LED bulb that you can control with your iPhone including color changes, on/off, dimming and so much more.
Once you have replaced your bulbs, you can control every one of them independently from your iPhone. As the bulbs are LED, you can program them to change color to match your mood, set them to come on from a dim condition to a light condition in the morning or vice versa in the evening and you can even set them to come on automatically to greet you when you come home. Of course you can just use them as normal lights with your existing hardware switches and just reap the rewards of the energy savings and long 25 year bulb lifespans.
If you like the look of this amazing Kickstarter project and would like a piece of the action you can grab one of the first LIFX bulbs for a pledge of $69 or more. That will secure you one bulb but there are various other pledge options right up to $5000. There has been a huge amount of interest in this Kickstarter project and it has already smashed its pledge target of $100,000; it currently sits at over $250,000 with 58 days left to go.
I have just replaced all of my bathroom lighting with LED bulbs and they do offer large energy savings without any issue with brightness or start up times. They are not cheap however and that is why the LIFX bulbs appear to be highly priced too. I really hope these make it into production as I will have them installed in every room in my home.
What about you, do you think the LIFX bulbs are a good idea? Could you see them in your home?
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