As I’ve said a few times, LIFX today is a niche product for hobbyists, a toy, rather than a serious product for use by the general public and businesses. What do they need to do to move beyond being a toy?
For us I think it is:
1 - Consistency. I know that this is an extremely tough one to manage with changing technology and particularly with new products but there seem to have been numerous issues that LIFX could have and should have better defined long ago.
2 - 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.
3 - 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 when) along with release notes explaining what has changed. Next is probably just a decent reporting capability to list all of the lamps in a facility and each lamps attributes (including status info such as DHCP lease time, last seen, last signal strength, etc.). A dashboard similar to some of what Ubiquiti have done would be very helpful - list of devices & info that you can click on for more detail or to manage. But there’s so much more they could do to make managing installations easier and more reliable.
Personally, I much prefer doing mgmt tasks on a laptop rather than a phone so either a web interface or MacOS & Windows apps would be very much appreciated.
4 - Improve HA capabilities. This particularly with Control-4 but also Savant and others.
5 - Better CRI / TM-30. This is the number one complaint I hear from people when they walk in to a room lit by LIFX lamps. That it feels unnatural or vacuous or florescent. This seems particularly problematic w/ lower brightness levels and regardless of color temp.
LIFX have a great opportunity but they may loose if others get their act together first. There’s a push by fixture manufacturers for integrated units. These are problematic in having to replace most or all of the fixture if a lamp burns out and are so far not upgradable as technology improves.
A replaceable lamp unit like LIFX or Hue in a standardized fixture such as a GU-10 is a much better way to go. Much easier and cost effective to replace burned out lamps or upgrade lamps to newer technology such as improved TM-30 or flicker.
What other capabilities are critical to people?