Lifx and Brilliant announced a partnership on Tuesday that'll let you control the former'sfrom the latter's . Live now, the integration puts color, scene and scheduling control of Lifx lights just a tap or two away on your wall, no hub needed.
"This is one of the most requested features from our customers, so we're excited to offer it starting today," said Brilliant CEO Aaron Emigh.
"As our Lifx bulbs have Wi-Fi built-in, there is no longer a need for a dedicated hub, which is a lot more convenient for consumers," adds Norbert Herrmann, Global Vice President of Lifx. Previously, you needed a compatible third-party hub like thein order to get Lifx and Brilliant devices working together.
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The newly native integration fixes that, and also serves as the latest example of a. For years, smart switches were largely aimed at controlling dumb, unconnected light bulbs, and not made to support smart bulbs with their own mechanics for dimming, scenes, color control or scheduling. That left people interested in smartening up their lights with an either/or proposition -- replace the bulb or replace the switch, but don't replace both.
The problem there is that regular, unconnected light switches don't pair very well with smart bulbs, either. Turn off a switch like that and you cut the power to the bulb, which prevents your smart bulb automations and voice controls from working at all.
Things have changed in 2019, though. GE Lighting jumped out at the start of the year withthat are all designed to work well together. Meanwhile, the smart switch maestros at Lutron introduced that snaps over top of your existing light switch to keep it locked in the on position while offering on/off and dimming control of Philips Hue smart bulbs. Other recent accessories like and promise to play well with Hue bulbs, too.
As for Brilliant, the new controls for Lifx bulbs will let you dim any of your lights or change their color using a color wheel similar to the one in the Lifx app, or with one of 15 RGB presets or five white light shades. You'll also be able to save a favorite lighting setup as a scene and then return to it with a tap, but you'll have to do that in the Brilliant app or on the switch itself -- the scenes you've already made in the Lifx app won't show up as options on the switch at all.
"We are working with Lifx closely and have a roadmap for additional features," a spokesperson for Brilliant tells me. "It's our expectation that users will have the ability to import their Lifx scenes in the fall and this feature will be released as a free background software update."
Another small limitation: No advanced, multicolor controls for theor the wall-mounted . Each is capable of putting out multiple colors at once, and Lifx lets you finger-paint designs on them in the Lifx app. That'd be a neat feature to bring to Brilliant's switches, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards just yet.
Still, Lifx is one of fairly steady rollout of new integrations for Brilliant in the past few years. Most recently, the list includes on the switch itself, as well as support for via an outside device like a . Similar support for outside Siri commands via Apple HomeKit ., so the new partnership makes for a jaunty feather in Brilliant's cap. It's also the latest in a
The integration doesn't come cheap, though. Though the cost of entry for connected bulbs has, Brilliant's switches start at $299 each.
We've got one of Brilliant's switches installed at the CNET Smart Home -- I'll test out the integration with Lifx next time I'm there and update this space with my thoughts.