Lifx Mini Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

The Good The Lifx Mini puts out plenty of light, and offers all of the colors, features, and integrations that you get with standard-size Lifx bulbs at a lower cost.

The Bad At $45 each, the color-changing Mini bulbs are still awfully expensive, and the design still doesn't cast enough downward light. The pairing process, newly revamped to align with HomeKit, is also a little more confusing than it ought to be.

The Bottom Line These are excellent smart bulbs, but it's tough to justify the splurge unless you catch them on sale.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 9.0
  • Usability 7.0
  • Design 5.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Still a great color-changing smart bulb (and still too expensive)

It's been an awfully busy year for Lifx. After introducing support for Apple HomeKit and the Siri controls that come with it, the color-changing smart light brand expanded the lineup to include several notable new products, including Lifx Tile wall panels, Lifx Beam fixed light strips, and three new "Lifx Mini" LED smart bulbs.

Those three bulbs include a fixed, white-light-only bulb for $25, a color tunable "Day and Dusk" bulb for $30 and a fully-color-changing bulb for $45. That makes them the least expensive Lifx offerings to date.

Still, I would have liked to have seen a bigger price cut. Yes, $45 is a step in the right direction from the $60 that you'll still need to spend on a standard-size Lifx color-changer, but it isn't an apples to apples comparison since that bulb is noticeably brighter. The better comparison is probably that middle-tier Day and Dusk bulb -- it offers the same form factor as the color-changing Lifx Mini, the same Wi-Fi radio, the same app, the same software, the same support for HomeKit, Google, IFTTT and Alexa and the same general lighting specs. The only difference is obviously that the color-changing bulb includes RGB diodes. Those diodes cost Lifx pennies a piece, but they merit a 50 percent price increase? Something doesn't add up.

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