The thing here is, it can always be buried in an “Advanced Settings” area in the App. I’m happy to inconveniently dig for it to be able to tell my lights NATIVELY to turn off the Basement, turn off the Basement Kitchen, AND, turn off the Basement Apartment, which does not include my laundry room. There are multiple areas of my house that need these Virtual Groups.
Besides building more flexible firmware that works better with more varieties of routers - I had to replace my brand new (ASUS AC-3100) to get my bulbs to work after several weeks of email troubleshooting and a 2.5 hours troubleshooting session with the head Engineer over there - this Virtual Groups idea is MY ONLY REQUEST. The app integrates well with Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Smartthings. The problem here, though, is that then we have to rely less on LIFX and more on the third party’s hardware and software to handle the requests correctly. And configuring a large network of lights across multiple software platforms is significantly more complex than having slightly more complex NATIVE LIFX direct-to-Alexa and direct-to-automation functionality.
I know this may require more technical support FTE and that may not work with the business’s current strategy, but it also may not.
I’m looking forward to this in the next iteration of the app, guys. It really needs to happen for your users to stick with your brand instead of your competitors’. I purchased 20 A19 v 2.13 bulbs from LIFX and I was too close to bouncing.