Once I decided to get the Amazon Echo to create a Smart home, the first accessory I bought to pair with it is the LIFX Colour 1000 Wi-Fi Smart LED light bulb for my bedroom. As my bedroom light fitting has the bayonet cap holder, I chose the BC version from Argos at £53.99 (RRP £59.99).
It took a few days for the item to be sent to the Argos store in Botley, Oxford, where I went to collect it. It is well packed to protect the bulb from damage during transit. The power consumption is 11 watts but is equivalent to a 75 watt tungsten bulb and produces 1055 lumens.
The bulb looks very modern and well made. It is fairly big and heavier than a compact fluorescent bulb, but not overly heavy or large.
It was very easy to install it – simply unscrew the old bulb and screw in the LIFX bulb. But to setup the bulb for Wi-Fi control, I first had to install the free LIFX app for iOS, which runs through the setup with simple instructions to connect the bulb to the home hub. I had no issues installing it on my BT Home Hub at all. It even updated the firmware of the bulb automatically so it will work properly.
Once it is setup then it is possible to control the light – it started up with the default warm 2500K setting as you can see below.