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.
Still a great color-changing smart bulb (and still too expensive)
It's been an awfully busy year for Lifx. Afterand the Siri controls that come with it, the color-changing smart light brand expanded the lineup to include several notable new products, including wall panels, fixed light strips, and .
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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