Halloween meets LIFX

Halloween LIFX-o’-Lantern

With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve created a simple ‘How To’ guide for making your very own spooky, WiFi-controlled Jack-o’-Lantern…or what we like to call a LIFX-o’-Lantern!

We bet your neighbors and friends have never seen a Jack-o’-Lantern that pulses to your music and changes colors – welcome to next level Halloween party decorations.

Step 1 – Get your materials ready.
- 1 Large pumpkin
- 1 Carving Kit (kitchen knives and spoons are also okay)
- 1 Goo (brains) bowl
- 1 Light fixture
- 1 LIFX bulb

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Step 2 – Time to get-a-slicing!

Not sure about how to sculpt yourself a super spooky lantern face? Trying printing out a template (like this one we used), place it over your pumpkin and away you go.

Remember to scoop out as much pumpkin brains as you can – there can be a lot so remember to keep your goo bowl handy. We should let you know that LIFX bulbs are NOT fans of pumpkin goo. In fact they don’t mix well at all, so make sure you try and keep as much of it away from your bulb as you can – this is really important.

Once you’ve emptied out the pumpkin carefully cut a hole at the back where your LIFX bulb can fit into and connect to an outlet.

To power your LIFX-o’-Lantern, you will need a small light socket – many table lamps are perfect for this. You could even hop down to your closest IKEA and grab a cheap fixture - this is the one we used and it worked perfectly.

 

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After you’ve hollowed out your pumpkin brains, insert your LIFX bulb, connect it to power and away you go! We suggest playing around with the music visualizer or tinkering with candle flicker to find the perfect visual effect.

 

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Here is a little video of our spOOOOoooooky lantern in action!! If you make your own LIFX lantern please send us your photos or videos, or tag your social post with #LIFXoLantern. We’d love to share your creations with the LIFX community!

If you’re interested in getting a bulb before Halloween, you’ll need to place an order in the next 48 hours (HERE) to ensure we can ship them to you in time.

 

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LIFX + Apple Pay

We created LIFX because we believe you should have complete control of your lights right from your pocket. Which is why we’ve designed a product that gives you more than 16 million ways to customize your lights with one swipe of the LIFX color wheel.

We’re excited to announce that beginning today with Apple Pay, you can now purchase your bulbs in app streamlining your LIFX experience so that you can buy AND manage your bulbs with the touch of your finger. In addition to this integration, we have also made our store available through both the Android and iPhone apps regardless of whether you have Apple Pay or not.

We’re thrilled to be one of the first companies using Apple Pay, available with the new iOS app update.

Now there’s no need to enter billing or shipping info. Or get up to find your wallet and credit card. Just sit back, relax, set the mood (lighting) and make your home your own. Here is a quick video how the process works on your iPhone.

*Note* Apple Pay is currently restricted to US-based residents, but fingers crossed Apple will be expanding this out very shortly.