Kickstarter of the Week: LIFX
Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient lightbulbs.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: September 26th, 2012
Its goal was to raise $100,000, and with 49 days left, Kickstarter pledges have sold out for LIFX. It's raised $1,312,176 so far, and would likely earn even more if it was allowed to. It's a wi-fi enabled, multi-colored, energy efficient light bulb. Now, we know you're probably scratching your head, wondering how something as simple as a light bulb raised so much money so fast.
The creators claim that the light bulb lasts up to 25 years. That alone is pretty impressive—but we wonder how shatterproof it is, since most people don't stay in the same place for 25 years these days.
Additionally, it works just like a regular light bulb when it comes to installation—just screw it in. As for using the wi-fi enabled capabilities, an app is available for both iPhone and Androids. You can then use the app to control the brightness of each bulb, as well as the color of light emitted.
What's more, and probably the neatest thing it offers, is that you can program the bulbs to automatically increase brightness for waking up gently, or dim slowly for lulling you to sleep. You can also set timers so the lights are on when you get home and so that they turn off when you leave.
The light bulbs can also pair up with the music playing on your phone, offering mood lighting that matches the beat. Your existing light switches will still work, but the app is more efficient and customizable.
But the bulbs don't just light up your house in a convenient way—since they can run on wi-fi, you can also get text message notifications, as well as notifications from Twitter or Facebook. A little extraneous, but still kind of cool. Install this with Ubi, one of our previous Kickstarters of the week, and you'd have a house that practically runs itself. The page itself doesn't mention a direct price for what the bulb will cost when it's produced, but we imagine it'll be a bit more expensive than the standby bulbs we use now.
Check out the creators' video that explains the project a little more: