LIFX Unveils HomeKit-Compatible Decorative 'Beam' Light Set

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    Lighting company LIFX, known for its range of smart lighting products, today announced the LIFX Beam, its latest decorative smart light.

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    Beam is a set of thin, rectangular lights that are meant to be used for accent lighting. There are six white plastic beam lights per kit, along with a power pack and 1 illuminated corner, which can be used to create "L" shaped designs when attached to a wall.

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    Like other LIFX lights, the Beam supports 16 million colors along with a range of white shades. There are 10 blended light zones per beam, so each one can light up in a multitude of colors.

    Colors can be selected using the LIFX app, and there's also built-in HomeKit support so the Beam can be controlled via Siri and added to Scenes with other HomeKit products. LIFX products connect to a home setup via WiFi and do not require a bridge.

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    LIFX added HomeKit support to its most recent line of light bulbs in September, and just last week introduced the LIFX Tile, a modular square-shaped accent lighting system.

    LIFX Beam can be pre-ordered from the LIFX website for $199.99.

    Article Link: LIFX Unveils HomeKit-Compatible Decorative 'Beam' Light Set
     
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    They have to be able to make these kits cheaper ...
     
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    Heh... are we back in the Miami Vice era again?
     
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    Why not? I hear 80s Sci Fi is making a comeback...

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  5. acarney macrumors 6502

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    Ya, I love the clean crisp edges and colors of these things, but the price is just insane, especially if you need three or four kits to outline a room completely...

    These have got to have huge mark ups on them, or license cost for home kit is INSANE. If that's the case, make a bridge for $59 or something that has the home kit license and then offer the kits much cheaper.
     
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    These and other products (Hue, diy fitting spotlight kits and bulb splitters etc.) are great solutions to poorly lit rental properties (in which the market is probably pretty large.)
     
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    Just figured out that :apple: have broken Homekit remote access somewhere along the line with iOS11, solution is :apple:TV has to be connected on wifi or else feck all works, even to get to that I had to disconnect it from ethernet & manually key a 30-digit passcode as it the :apple:TV didn't recognise the iPhone. Out of sheer frustration I swore a few times at the phone, but hey it's only lights, god help folk with locks, think different? :apple: sure does!:eek:
     
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    Interior decorating isn’t a “problem”. SMH.
     
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    I love that no hub is required. Will be watching this product over the hue ones
     
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    People said the same about personal computers for the home. All of those people didn’t end up looking very smart.
     
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    Yeah, but because of that you need a power cable.
     
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    You’d need a power cable regardless.
     
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    looks like a cable management cover with led's inside. Would be easy to make this with those exact things and amazon sell 6 foot led strips for 20$ that include everything and the crappy remote.
    Not sure why these are so expensive you can make stuff like that easily.
     
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    Well overpriced, don't see them selling much of these. I'd much rather spend €229.99 on a modern lamp(s) for that price than on a pack of 6 30cm light strips.

    You could almost say this is an LED light strip with a translucent diffuser to house the strip to achieve that smooth blended colour transition. It'll look like your basic cable trunking when it's turned off, which isn't a pretty site.
     
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    I'd expect it to cost £29.99 and to be sold at Scribbler. This is lava-lamp level of usefulness and prettiness.
     
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    I work for a competitor of LIFX, also in Australia. I can tell you, it is not cheap to produce these products, especially as a small company.
    The price will come down eventually...
     
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    Then it's a failure.
     
  20. ilovemyibook macrumors 6502

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    Then tell me how else these would get power. I’m interested to hear this.
     
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    I would love to see the kind of battery life a light with a built in WiFi router would get.
     
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    Are you trolling?
     
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    Perhaps they should drop the mesh function then. My Philips Hue lamp goes for three hours and it's a lot smaller.

    Zigbee is used specifically to save power and a battery-operated model should probably not use Wi-Fi.
     

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