What’s new at LIFX: Do Button, Themes, and Scenes (back and better than ever)

Here’s a roundup of some great new features we think you’re going to love.

Do Button – the do-it-yourself button by IFTTT

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Set your own personalized one-tap LIFX actions with the just-released Do Button by IFTTT.  Download Do Button and search for LIFX within the app to add recipes from a list of essentials like ‘Toggle LIFX Lights On/Off’ and ‘Change the color of your lights’. A one-time setup lets you select lights and color, and your LIFX Do Button is ready to go. You’ll need to create an IFTTT account if you don’t already have one, but don’t let that deter you; Do Button offers a simple way into the great world of IFTTT. Pro tip: iOS users can access Do Button via their widget for Notification Center for added convenience.

Themes and Scenes

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The new Smarts tab is home to one-touch preset Themes and custom Scenes that you can easily apply to groups or single bulbs. Explore the LIFX Themes to bring a sunset to your living room, or evoke a beach-scape in your bedroom. The back-by-popular demand, and prettier-than-ever Scenes allow you to save your own custom tone and brightness settings with large lovely icons. 

2.0 Update – To get access to these features, you’ll need the latest 2.0 software in your bulbs. If you haven’t done so already, you can update here to start enjoying the benefits:

  • Added support for secure Internet-connectivity of your LIFX bulbs, enabling IFTTT integration and remote access via LIFX Cloud
  • Improved performance and reliability for on-boarding and lighting control
  • Dramatically faster future firmware updates

The right light for your party

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Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of party planning.  While great food, drinks, and music are well known party-musts, you might not be aware of the importance of great lighting. Careless lighting instantly creates the wrong vibe. Harsh light is unflattering and can put guests on edge. If the space is too dark, you lose the carefree, celebratory atmosphere. From bright and festive, to dim and romantic, lighting is your party’s backdrop.  Here are a few ideas for using LIFX light bulbs to enhance the decor and desired mood.

Dinner Lighting: For intimate sit-down gatherings, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A warm white glow will make sure your carefully prepared food looks as good as it tastes.  Stay away from blueespecially darker shadessince it can take guests’ minds off of food. If you’re starting the evening with a cocktail hour and want to mix in some color, choose a palette of reds, which increase appetite.

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Accent Lighting:  Theme parties are a great opportunity to go color crazy, but there are also more subtle and chic ways to work color into your decor. Try uplighting a corner of the room in a rich color and enjoy the effect on the wall color. Or, pick a hallway and go bold and bright. The hallway will look visually stunning from the next room, and create wow-factor for guests passing through.

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Spot Lighting: Brightening a a single bulb while dimming the rest, creates a central focus and directs guests to a specific part of the roomthe hors d’oeuvre table, for example. In the kitchen it’s a helpful tactic for distracting the eye away from party-prep clutter, towards your new centerpiece, or bouquet purchased just for the event.

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While these tips will get you started, like all design, lighting ultimately comes down to personal preference. It’s best to play around with preset Themes and custom Scenes in the LIFX app to find settings that work with your space and style. Because LIFX light bulbs are controlled with the touch of a smartphone, it’s easy to adjust the lighting as the event moves from afternoon to evening. Remember that deep rich red is calming and can help wind things down when you’re ready to get the house back to yourself.