The 3D printing hype of the early 2010s brought small, low-cost printers to many homes around the world. Groundbreaking technology was suddenly within reach of thousands of designers, engineers, hobbyists, schools, and everyday consumers that wanted to create their own projects. Photo Credit: Creative tools But even as technology becomes more affordable, you still need to spend in between $500 and 6K USD to get your hands on a decent 3D printer these days. The solution if you still want to discover 3D printing? Try before you buy. Where? In a Maker Lab - also called Fab Labs, Hacker or Maker spaces. These are normally DIY spaces where people can meet to create and invent new things. They often supply...Read more
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Lumens Defined A lumen is a measurement of illumination which tells you the exact amount of light a bulb will produce. If you want to look at it from a more technical perspective, a lumen is a finite measurement of visible light emitted by a source which is detectable to the human eye. It’s now common to find lumen ratings listed on light bulb packaging as this information can help individuals make more informed choices in determining which bulbs are right for them. Traditionally, light bulbs have only displayed wattage ratings on product packaging. As energy saving bulbs are now taking up a larger share of the market, expect to see lumens listed universally. By taking the time to understanding...Read more
Still adjusting your LIFX lights one by one? It’s time to get you up to speed on Grouping! Grouping is a powerful function within the LIFX app which allows for convenient adjustment of multiple LIFX lights throughout your home or workspace. You’ll gain enhanced control over your lighting network while opening the doors on some very cool lighting themes and effects at the same time. Create a GroupStart by ensuring all LIFX lights within the intended group are online. Go to the HOME menu and choose the first LIFX light you’re forming a group around. On the following screen, press EDIT in the upper right corner. From EDIT, select GROUP, then create a NEW GROUP to add your light to;...Read more
The LIFX + is a unique light, combining all the control and colour capability of the LIFX lights, with the addition of IR LEDs to the hardware. IR adds a very unique feature to the LIFX + A19 and BR30 lights. It uses 950nm IR LEDs for light that is invisible to the human eye, but can be seen by many security cameras on the market. Most night vision cameras will have IR LEDs built in, for allowing the camera to see at night. What the LIFX + can add in value, is to illuminate those areas that the camera LEDs cannot reach. To setup your extended night vision, simply place your LIFX + in a place where it can...Read more
Alexa just keeps getting smarter! She can now control your LIFX lights in custom groups as well as let you control your scenes and colours with just a quick voice command. First, you will need to setup your LIFX OPTIMISED FOR SMART HOME skill. To get started, open the Alexa App. Tap the MENU icon in the upper left hand corner. Find SMART HOME and tap SMART HOME SKILLS. Click ENABLE SKILLS then search for the LIFX Skill. ENABLE the LIFX OPTIMISED FOR SMART HOME skill. This will require you to enter your LIFX account name and password to link your LIFX lights to your ALEXA app. Tap AUTHORISE. Once the account is linked, the Alexa App will...Read more
What? LIFX Partner and creators of Nuimo, Senic are returning to Kickstarter to launch COVI. COVI is a speech-enabled light that also includes an open-source based smart home hub. Senic has taken the feedback of their early users and channeled it directly into their ambitious second product. COVI will work together with LIFX bulbs and also be compatible with Nuimo. https://www.senic.com How? COVI is a speech-enabled designer light and open-source hub that supports speech services like Amazon Alexa. COVI can connect smart home devices to enable home automation with an awareness of your activities. Unlike many larger companies who build closed automation platforms, COVI is built on an open source platform includes 500+ contributors. This allows COVI...Read more
Forget about fumbling for perfect lighting thanks to the one-touch magic of LIFX SCENES. Set multiple custom presets and let SCENES efficiently illuminate any situation; warm white for a dinner date or a groovy green when spirits are high. Ready to set the SCENE? Start with a lighting situation you want preset for future use. Next, go to HOME, hit the “+” symbol in the upper right corner, select “New Scene” from the pop-up menu. Give your new scene a unique name, assign it to your connected LIFX lights or a group, tap SAVE, and you’re done! Scroll down to access your presets on the HOME screen, press SCENES, and your preferred illumination options appear...Read more
Naturally ease your transition into the waking world or dip yourself to sleep, with Solar Schedules. This GPS-enabled feature pairs the LIFX lights in the home with the rising and setting of the sun. Schedule your preferred time to light or dim the household while keeping in a natural rhythm with the Sun’s movement across the Earth. To set your Solar Schedule, tap the “+” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Choose NEW SCHEDULE on the following menu then tap START TIME. On the following screen, choose WITH THE SUN, then allow the LIFX app to pinpoint your GPS location. LIFX Tip 37: Be home when setting your solar schedules, so they are accurate to your...Read more
When you’re soundly snoozing in the morning or gradually drifting off at night, your LIFX light offers a quick and convenient fade feature to ease the transition. It’s a spontaneous feature useful as a convenient sleep timer in the morning or a reminder to reign in an all-night brainstorming session. Go to the HOME menu, then press and hold the power icon above the selected light name for one second. A menu will appear, select the time frame you’d like the light to fade on or off. Remember, the current power state dictates whether the light fades off or on; if powered down, you’ll be prompted to set how long the light takes to fade on, and vice versa. ...Read more