Edit: We have temporarily paused beta signups while we address a bug that was discovered in app testing. We will restore access on the opt in page once it has been resolved. Thanks everyone for the feedback so far, keep it coming!
I know it’s been a very long wait for these two things, but we’re finally able to give beta access to them!
So, first, the third gen firmware release comes with a lot of changes, so I’m sure y’all be very excited to get your hands on it. The major changes include:
- Light Restore
- Expanded Kelvin Range down to 1500K
- Updated Apple Homekit libraries
- Colour consistency improvements
- Support for additional network security modes (TKIP, mixed network cipher types, open networks)
- Updated encryption key length
- Fixed bug with minimum brightness
- Fixed bug with LIFX+ turning IR off after reset
- Onboarding reliability improvements
You’ll note in the list that this firmware will support a solution to the power outage problem (we call this Light Restore configuration) and so we are releasing into the app the ability to use this new configuration on these devices and fourth gen devices.
We’ve made getting access to both of these features selectable on our cloud.lifx.com portal.
Before you enable the firmware update, we will make the disclaimer that it is still considered Beta firmware. This means that our QA process has verified it works without problems, but it’s possible wider usage may find small edge cases that need attention.
If you’re still willing to give it a go, then go to https://cloud.lifx.com/features and follow the prompts. This will allow your third gen devices to get the firmware. And your app will have access to the Light Restore configuration for those devices and the fourth gen devices that have this feature.
This means I can finally give a timeline on this firmware being released out of beta! I’ve wanted to do this for so long. Our plan is once the firmware has been in beta for a few weeks without show stoppers we will release it to all our users and it’ll appear inside the app.
One last small catch, this update for the Z strips isn’t quite ready yet, but we are aiming for early on in the new year.