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Done with Lifx such a waste of time and money

I have tried and failed after 2 hours of ‘preparing Device’ I have reset everything several times but the clunky software {not suported) is not basic or advanced it is just hard to find anything needed, leave it to a wizard that does not speak.
These lights have been such a waste of my time since I bought them, they no longer will conect to anything so What am I todo with my expensive lights, that I bought for ease of use.
I will be buying a cheap set of wifi lights tomorrow and end my wasted time dealing with Lifx at all

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I literally just bought 12 new Philips hue lights tonight and replaced most of my lifx. I’m so tired of them “not responding” and after the past 2 wouldn’t even install after resetting I give up. I have spent far too much money and certainly far too much time troubleshooting and resetting and reconnecting and switching off and on at the wall or sitting in the dark waiting and waiting for the light to turn on.
Lifx was an expensive exercise but I’m out ! Cut my loses and moving on to something more stable and fit for consumer use

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LIFX definitely has problems but in a stable WiFi environment they work OK. We currently have 87 of them in use throughout our house. FWIW, about 20 replaced poorly functioning Hue’s.

LIFX are neither end-user level friendly nor do they have capabilities for network mgmt which does make it quite difficult to get them up and running or fix problems. Drivers for systems like Control 4 are quite poor. Other stuff is simply inconsistent.

Hue suffers from reliance on Zigbee which, as we and many others have discovered, is not an appropriate protocol for this purpose.

Agreed. I have 58 LIFX bulbs and they’re pretty rock solid on my Ubiquiti UniFi powered LAN. Having said that, I advice against testing Ubiquiti’s beta firmware releases, because they tend to make things really bad.

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I have over 70 LIFX lights (various bulbs and strips) in (and outside) my house connected to a mesh wifi network (eero) that work in tandem with WeMo switches. I use python scripts that I wrote and execute (on a raspberry pi) to control the WeMo switches and LIFX lights automatically every day to the weather and sunrise/sunset times. They all work with my python scripts perfectly and flawlessly 99% of the time. I automate several routines throughout the day using these python scripts over the last 4 years and I’ve only ever had ONE LIFX bulb fail (keep in mind many of these lights are OUTSIDE all year in Michigan weather!).
All of that being said, I find the LIFX android app a little clunky and the “press and hold” function to turn on/off a light over a period of time doesn’t seem to work anymore for me. The WeMo Android app for controlling the WeMo switches doesn’t work AT ALL anymore (shame on Belkin) but they work perfect with my python scripts.
In my opinion I think the LIFX products themselves are AMAZING! I think the app could use a little work though. Oh, and I HATE Belkin’s app.

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Well, am driving my LIFX lights from nodejs with my own app layer. Works flawless 100% of the time.
Until now, I have not found better smart lights with this set of capabilities for home automation.
Hue causes tons of problems but as someone already said, that is mostly due to the choice of zigbee as protocol for them.
Granted, the pairing process could use some improvement and maybe should come with some networking tips for unexperienced users. A proper WiFi setup is key to any IoT based on that.

LIFX are approaching this like they’re making a toy for hobbyists rather than a product for use by the general public. IMO they need to:

1 - Make the setup process reliable, consistent and fool-proof. When people with decent tech abilities have so many problems just getting them to work then there’s a problem.

2 - Provide mgmt capabilities. The start of this is simply a really good tech document explaining in some detail how they function (and what fields map to what). Next is probably just a decent reporting capability to list all of the lamps in a facility and each lamps attributes (including last use, last signal strength, etc.). A dashboard similar to some of what Ubiquiti have done would be very helpful. But there’s so much more they could do to make managing installations easier and more reliable.

3 - Improve HA capabilities, particularly with Control-4 but also Savant and others.

4 - Better CRI / TM-30.

LIFX have a great opportunity but they may loose if others get their act together first.