LIFX 2.0 update makes smart bulbs smarter

Australian smart lighting start-up LIFX this week rolled out the LIFX 2.0 app for iOS and Android alongside brand new firmware for its bulbs. Key features in the update include the ability to control bulbs remotely through the internet, improved security, a faster setup process and compatibility with IFTTT.

IFTTT compatibility is arguably the update's most exciting feature, and will enable users to integrate their bulbs with a variety of web services such as Facebook and Twitter. Example IFTTT recipes provided by LIFX include "dim my lights to a golden glow when the sun sets", "toggle my lights hourly to make my home look occupied" and "flash blue when I'm tagged on Facebook".

LIFX integration with Netgear's Arlo smart home platform will be added in an update later this year, but a date for this has yet to be confirmed.

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