Control the light with your smartphone

Here I went and thought that you turned on and off the light at home in the home using the standardized sockets. You know, those dersens square plastic things that hang around the home. Typically next to door frames, so that you can easily – when you get home in a dark home – can grope out and hit the socket easily and quickly.

A single press of a button – then the cabin lights up. You have installed x number of lamps in the home, and then you have equipped the lamps with light bulbs that light up with perhaps different intensities. The bedroom bulb is perhaps a little more subdued than the office, and the living room may be furnished with several light sources, some of which have a softer light than others.

LED smart bulbs

It can eventually be a bit of a chore to have to buy a light bulb. There is a sea of ​​different solutions and now a relatively new concept has landed in my consciousness. Namely LED smart bulbs – ie bulbs that you actually connect to the house’s wireless internet (wifi). Yes, it may sound a little sour, but nonetheless, this is what you do when you open the box with your smart bulbs.

I had the opportunity to try out two smart bulbs, which had to be connected to the house’s wifi before they lit up. In fact, there were some technical things that needed to be put in place before a light went up for me. You control the light sources via your smartphone. Forget the electrical outlet.

My best advice is to install the app from the manufacturer, Lifx. When this app is ready on your smartphone, you will be guided easily and elegantly through the installation of your smart bulbs. It may seem a bit hocus pocus-like to have to use your smartphone to control the light, but it works. It is good enough!

Hey Google – turn on the light

Once you have completed the installation of your bulbs, you are ready to control the light in your home, and this is done either via the Lifx app, or via the intelligent services from Google, Apple and Amazon. By saying “Hey Google, turn on the light” you can turn on the light when you enter the living room. Personally, I stuck to Lifx’s app, which meets the requirements and wishes I have for the information in the home.

When things work out, you can start fueling your sweepstakes. For example, if you want to make the light flash in time with the music, you can do so. If you want a slightly gentler ambient lighting, you can almost create a mindfulness-ish atmosphere. You decide for yourself whether you are in the red or the blue mood. And then you put the light on then. This of course also applies to the white shades.

LED technology means that the bulbs have a long life. In fact, up to over 20,000 hours, so even though these bulbs are a little more expensive than the ones you usually buy in Føtex, the savings are noticeable. The prices for LIFX smart bulbs start at around 200 kroner, but as I said, they last for a long time.


LIFX’s products now come in new and refreshed packaging, so right now you can be lucky to find some of their products in old packaging at a good price on websites and in stores. Eg right here.

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