The Lifx lineup of color-changing smart bulbs now works with Apple HomeKit, after a long wait. With HomeKit support, you can control your bulbs alongside other HomeKit-compliant gadgets in Apple's Home app on your iPhone or iPad, or by using spoken Siri commands.
The catch? You need the newest,in order to sync with Siri.
and the second-gen and won't work because they don't include HomeKit's prerequisite MFi chip. Neither does the -- it gets left out, too. That one's a bit of a head-scratcher, as Lifx Z was released right around the time the brand .
In order to connect your existing lights with HomeKit, you'll need to upgrade each bulb's firmware in the Lifx app. Then, you'll use the app to generate bulb-specific HomeKit pairing codes for each light. Enter those codes into Apple's Home app, and you'll be up and running.
With HomeKit, Lifx bulbs now work with all three major voice control platforms -- Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. All three voice assistants can turn the lights on and off, dim them up and down, and change their color or color temperature. Adding in HomeKit support should help Lifx stay competitive with color-changing competitors fromand that already work with Siri.
For more information on how to get started, check out Lifx's website.