HomeKit Anybody with LIFX bulbs?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by x-evil-x, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

    x-evil-x

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    I seem to have issues where HomeKit every few weeks just says updating but the Lifx app works fine. I only have the lifx strips and it is connected to the cloud and homekit so I know its not that. Sometimes it will get kicked out of the cloud and I have to reset the entire strip(unplug 5 times and start over pairing).
    These seem super glitchy. Wish it would work as good as my hue bulbs. Also not the best you cant set a homekit scene with a colored scene for the strips its only one solid color.
     
  2. Bfarmer38119 macrumors member

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    I loved LIFX bulbs but they kept dropping off my network. I returned them and replaced them with more hue bulbs. Home does have it’s problems but has become more reliable for me. I have Hue, iHome outlets, Logi Circle wired cameras and they work pretty well together. I do occasionally have problems with one of the cameras but I think that is a Logitech issue.
     
  3. bripab007 macrumors 6502a

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    I have LIFX bulbs both connected natively through HomeKit as well as via Homebridge running on a Raspberry Pi. They've been pretty darn stable for me, but I'd say the ones I have connected through Homebridge are a little more stable than the newer LIFX bulbs I have with native HomeKit support.
     
  4. mpainesyd macrumors 6502

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    I have 3 LIFX light globes working with Homekit. They have been working well for several months with no problems. I usually turn them off at the wall switch at night so that I don’t have to use Siri/Homekit to turn them on later. They retain their settings even after several days.
    One issue I encountered setting them up was I had to initially connect them using the iPhone wifi settings instead of the LIFX app. An important step when using the Connect Device function of wifi setup was to change to default device name that pops up. Then the iPhone successfully connected the light and I could configure it with the LIFX app.
    Although you have a different problem I suggest trying that name change tip next time you have to reset your LIFX device.
     
  5. x-evil-x thread starter macrumors 68040

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    have you set up different colors for different scenes? doesnt seem like you can transfer scenes to homekit so your stuck with one color for each light.
     
  6. mpainesyd macrumors 6502

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    Just created two scenes - one turns a light red and the other turns it to white. They work as intended, including via Siri. When creating the scene I selected the light then tapped and held its icon. The light conifguration screen was displayed and I selected the Color button which allowed me to select a color for that scene.
     
  7. x-evil-x thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I mean with the led strips you can have different colors per section of the led strip(every 6inches can be a different color or around that). With HomeKit it will only save one color for whole strip. Scenes with the lightstrips I guess -are different then the normal lifx bulbs because you can’t do that.
     
  8. JMacIV macrumors newbie

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    I've got a LIFX bulb and 1 strip from them. Have had the same issues with disconnecting from the network after a week or two as well.

    Make sure to update the firmware on the bulbs. Also, on your router, LIFX suggests disabling WMM and Airtime fairness. I am in the process of moving, so have not had the opportunity to change these things myself.

    LIFX bulbs seem to have an issue with those features on newer Asus routers and some other brands I believe.
     

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