LIFX has a great app for controlling its smart bulbs, but turning on the lights and changing their colors is even easier with Google Assistant. Once connected, you’ll be able to use your voice to control your LIFX lights from your phone or Google Home — and don’t worry, setup is quick and easy.
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First, connect your lights to LIFX
- Download and launch the LIFX app.
- Tap the plus button in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap Connect Light.
- Tap your LIFX bulb in the list.
- Enter your Wi-Fi network and password.
- Wait for your bulb to connect, then name it and rejoice!
With your light bulb set up and connected to your LIFX account, it’s time to hop over to the Google Home app to finish the setup.
Linking LIFX to your Google account
- Open the Google Home app.
- Tap the Add button under your home group.
Tap Set up device.
- Under Works with Google, tap Have something already set up?
- Find and tap LIFX in the list of supported services.
- Sign into your LIFX account.
- Authorize Google to access LIFX.
Assign your bulb(s) to a room.
That’s it! With LIFX connected to your Google account, you should see your bulbs within the Google Home app. From here, you can tap the lightbulbs to toggle them on or off, or use Google Assistant to do more advanced tasks like changing the bulbs to specific colors.
Our top equipment picks
You don’t need a ton of hardware to make this all work — just a LIFX bulb and your favorite Google Assistant-powered device. Most people will be best suited with a Google Home Mini, the cheapest speaker in Google’s lineup, making it relatively affordable to set up multiple Google Homes around the house.
All you need to get smart, voice-controlled lighting is a LIFX bulb and a Google Assistant-powered speaker. We recommend the A19 bulb and the Google Home Mini, but there are plenty of other options. LIFX offers other lights like the BR30, which offers the exact same features in a floodlight form factor, and the LIFX Plus, which adds infrared lighting to the mix for augmenting night vision security cameras. Likewise, the Google Home, Home Max, and Home Hub all offer the same voice control as the Home Mini, but with larger, better-sounding speakers.
The universal smart bulb
The LIFX A19 bulb fits into almost any standard lighting fixture and provides wireless control and millions of colors to choose from. You can buy a single bulb or buy in bulk to save money and light multiple rooms.
Google Home Mini
Google Assistant in a compact package
The Google Home Mini is a small Assistant-powered speaker that allows you to check the weather, play music, and of course, control your smart home. It won’t beat out Google’s larger speakers, but it still sounds surprisingly good for its size. It’s small enough to fit onto most shelves and can even be mounted to the wall with third-party accessories.
October 17, 2018 at 12:05PM