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LIFX Color 1000 review: One of the best smart bulbs gets brighter and better

Christopher Null | Oct. 17, 2016
This year’s model is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the original, but scheduling within its app remains a weak spot.

Colors are accurate and bright, and white light from the bulb is clean regardless of the temperature you choose. If you have a specific temp in mind, there’s no need to guess at it. The app spells out the effective temperature in numbers, in addition to offering a visual representation of its color.

Scheduling is perhaps the LIFX 1000’s only real weak link. It’s a bit buried under an unlabeled menu (tap + in the top right corner), and setting up timers takes more work than it should. That’s a minor complaint against an otherwise top-shelf bulb, which also now supports all of the major smart-home hubs, giving you ample options if you want to integrate things more closely with the rest of your home.

All told, it’s hard to find fault with the LIFX 1000—though even at the reduced price of $60 a bulb, it remains at the top end of a market that’s had plummeting prices in the last year. Still, its dependability, ease of use, and impressive feature set together make it easy to justify the outlay of an extra few bucks, particularly if you aren’t trying to upgrade the entire house.

 

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