We are using the Lifx bulbs in a unique way at our business. In our main production area, we have twelve departments, with a central corridor dividing the departments, six to each side. We have installed a Lifx bulb above the central corridor in front of each department. Since the building is so large, we also installed a mesh Wi-Fi system. This was essential for maintaining control of the lights.
The production supervisors visit each department several times a day at specific intervals. They compare the current production output against an average daily output, to determine if the department is on schedule. If the department’s output is < 10% of the daily output, the lights remain green, > 10% - < 20% the lights are turned to yellow, > 20% the lights are turned to red. This process gives the supervisors the opportunity identify production delays and reassign personel to compensate. Ultimately making certain that all production areas complete by the days end.
We also use the bulbs on a scheduled color change in the beginning and end of each day. The lights start out all red, at five minutes before production day starts they are all yellow and at start up they all turn green. At the end of the day they are all green, at fifteen minutes prior to the end of the production day they all turn yellow (clean up time) and at the end of the day they all turn red.
All of the supervisors have the app on the phone and can make changes to the lights. We have been using the system for about six months and it has been very beneficial to our business.
We have recently developed a continuity plan. The plan involves having an emergency warning system in place for both the production floor and the offices. We have installed Lifx bulbs in each office and hallway. When there is a potential threat to the employees, the lights flash a specific color. Blinking Red, indicates there may be a potential threat, such as a fire or a chemical spill. In which case, the employees are to evacuate the building to a predetermined area so that we can perform a roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for. Blinking Yellow, indicates there may be a potential external threat, such as a tornado warning. In which case, the employees are to move to a predetermined, interior area of the building so that we can perform a roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for. Blinking Blue, indicates there may be a potential physical threat, such as a disgruntled employee or an active shooter. In which case, the employees are to move to predetermined, interior areas of the building as the doors are locked to prevent re-entry. Steady Green, indicates “All Clear”.
We have used IFTTT to control the lights and provided the supervisors with the widgets on their phones. Here is where we could use your help. The office lights are kept off unless they are activated as part of the emergency warning system, whereas the production lights might display several colors at any time of the day. So, when we issue an emergrncy warning using the IFTTT, the lights in the offices blink one color on and off, whereas the production lights blink two, multi colors.
Is there a way that we can issue the emergency warning system that will cause all of the lights to blink red and white, yellow and white or blue and white? This way all the lights are flashing the same colors.
Appreciate what ever input you may have. We love the lights! They have helped our business tremendously!