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LIFX Smart Bulbs: Review Summary & Guide

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Introduction to LIFX Smart Bulbs

We are currently enjoying an influx of technological advancement in the area of smart home appliances, most especially, smart bulbs. In this crowded market, LIFX has done well to carve a niche in the industry.

The company’s smart bulbs provide the needed illumination, and the effects easily alter the ambience of any room. LIFX smart bulbs are easy to use and the connection to your home is seamless – and there’s no need for a hub.

They are an upgrade of conventional smart bulbs because the color can be flipped from shades of white to any color you desire using the LIFX app on your smartphone (provided you’ve got the color-changing bulb option). The LIFX app can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store.

This smart bulb can also be controlled using voice-activated services like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant.

LIFX Smart bulbs also come in different forms and shapes to suit your taste.

 

 

 

LIFX Color Changing Bulbs

LIFX Color 1000

LIFX Color 1000 is a Wi-Fi enabled smart bulb that emits a significant bright light. Unlike Phillips Hue, it does not require a hub and it effortlessly connects with the Amazon Echo gadgets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t integrate with Siri as there’s no MFi chip.

LIFX Color 1000 comes in a dome-shape that measures 4.53 inches in height and has a diameter of 2.48 inches. The light screws in via an E26 Edison connection. This smart bulb is capable of shining like a conventional 75 watt incandescent bulb but consumes only 9 watts of energy, making it an efficient power saver.

The Color 1000 bulb is capable of emitting light colors ranging from shades of white through a rainbow of other colors. Rated at a life expectancy of 23 years if used 3 hours daily, this bulb could last you a significant part of your lifetime.

LIFX Beam

LIFX Beam bar lighting is a set comprising of color -changing bars that can be fixed in walls anywhere in your home or office to give you that ambience you crave. LIFX Beam is about 12 inches long and contains 10 different and distinct color zones that can be controlled, programmed and customized to your taste using the LIFX App on your Android, Windows or iOS smartphone.

Each starter set comes with a color-changing corner piece and 6 color-changing light bars. The corner piece connects two bars at a right angle and the included power adapter is capable of supporting up to eight beam bars and two corner pieces, giving room for adding more later, if you wish.

Just like other LIFX smart bulbs, LIFX Beam set can be connected to your home router without the need for a hub and can integrate third-party gadgets like Amazon Echo.

Lifx White Bulbs

LIFX White 800

Although often seen as a second place to Philips Hue, LIFX’s brightness is unparalleled. However, most of the brightness is directed upwards rather than sideways in the earlier generations.

Like other versions of LIFX products, you can connect to your network directly via Wi-Fi, hence, eliminating hubs. Since they are conventional white lights, they are not likely to be purchased for a ‘party mode’ but you can cycle through different shades of white.

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Pros & Cons

  • Great colors and very bright light.
  • They are very easy to install and set up.
  • It saves energy and generates less heat than conventional bulbs
  • No Cynosure or hub required
  • Different varieties to suit any setting

  • Relatively expensive
  • Some people find they don’t emit enough light downwards
  • Larger and heavier than some alternatives
  • if you make them too bright, color can look washed out

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OnePlus 5T Review, Summary and Guide

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Five months after the initial introduction of the OnePlus 5, the Chinese company moved on to greater things; literally.

The new OnePlus 5T is regarded as a cost-effective rival to some of the most powerful smartphones on sale today, in fierce contention with the likes of iPhone 8, LG V30, and Samsung Galaxy ranges. But how does it stack up?

OnePlus 5T Review: Design

The OnePlus 5T is 156.1mm tall and 75mm wide and 7.3mm thick.

The sleek metal unibody makes it aesthetically pleasing, and it got a modest makeover with smaller bezels, and a gently-curving rear.

Even though the OnePlus 5T is neither dust nor water resistant, the 2.5D Gorilla Glass, anodized aluminum, and ceramic coating are basic protective measures.

Lastly, it weighs 163g, making it fit the description of big, bold, and beautiful. The OnePlus 5T colors are Lava Red, Sandstone White, and Midnight Black.

OnePlus 5T Review: Display

This is perhaps, the single biggest improvement on this device. The OnePlus 5T boasts a 6.01-inch full HD (18:9) AMOLED panel, making it one of the few handsets available with a screen larger than 6-inches.

One disappointing feature, however, is its full HD resolution; a mere 2,160 x 1,080 with a 401ppi pixel density. For the price, sacrifices have to be made, and this is obviously one of them for the 5T. It’s not ‘bad’ as a screen though.

Display Modes:

  • Adaptive mode
  • Reading Mode
  • Night Mode
  • Lift Up Display
  • Ambient Display

Software

Equipped with OxygenOS 4.7 and Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), the OnePlus 5T is upgradable to Android 8.0 and Oxygen OS 5.0.3.

Face Unlock uses a plain 2D recognition feature, which makes it faster and easier to use for unlocking the phone, however, it is unfit for any other authentication outside the lock screen – so you won’t be able to use it for payments, for example.

Its chipset is the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 and the OnePlus 5T has an Octa-Core (4 x 2.45 GHz Kryo & 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) processor. It offers 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64/128GB storage, depending on where you are in the world.

There is no external memory slot available, however.

OnePlus 5T retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and the company announced that it will continue to support this connector until USB-C headphones garner enough momentum to making the switch painless. There is also an active noise-cancelling microphone to make audio quality clearer on calls.

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OnePlus 5T Review: Camera

The OnePlus 5T is home to dual cameras; the primary 16-megapixel and the secondary 20-megapixel. OnePlus employs what it calls ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’, which is useful in brightening dark scenes without causing a distortion.

The camera features a pro mode, panorama mode, time-lapse, slow-motion video mode and a rear fingerprint sensor that can be long-pressed to take photos with either camera.

It also comes with a face unlock interface which allows you seamlessly unlock your phone. On the other hand, the removal of the telephoto lens makes an optical zoom impossible and the front camera lacks a portrait mode.

The face unlock is not as reliable as that of the Samsung S8, however.

OnePlus 5T Review: Battery

Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T comes with a 3,300 mAh battery.

Tests reveal that the life-span under heavy usage is 11 hours, 22 minutes, however, some users find that they get a lot less than that under any conditions.

On paper, it’s about on par with the Samsung Note 8 and Google Pixel 2, as long as you don’t suffer the same problems as some of those other users linked above.

OnePlus 5T Review: Pricing & Availability

The OnePlus 5T is available in almost every country in the world.

The phone price ranges from $450-$600 depending on the specifications you choose, and it’s available directly from OnePlus, third-party retailers or on contract deals – again, depending on what country you’re in.

OnePlus 5T Review: Rating

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