LIFX is an Australian company that produces various lighting devices including bulbs, light strips, candles, and more, their products are smart and offer many features such as low energy consumption to reduce electricity bills, billions of colors and the ability to adjust brightness and control them remotely via mobile app, they also do not need a hub as they connect directly to your Wifi network.
One of the most asked questions related to LIFX is if they work with HomeKit? Of course, their products support Apple HomeKit integration in order to allow you to control and manage your LIFX lights through your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple HomePod, and also Mac.
With this integration, you can use Siri voice assistant to turn on and off the lights while adjusting the brightness or setting the color you want.
Note: LIFX 650 Color, Color 1000, White 800, LIFX Z generation one, LIFX Original are not compatible with HomeKit.
Connect LIFX to HomeKit.
This chapter will guide you through the steps that you need to do in order to integrate your LIFX light with Apple HomeKit.
Requirement: there are some requirements that you need to satisfy before pairing the light with Homekit.
- Make sure that you have the latest firmware on your LIFX lights (You can follow these instructions to update the firmware).
- Download the Apple Home app and enable Siri.
- Create an account on Apple HomeKit, then you can set up your LIFX light.
When these requirements are satisfied you can jump into the next phase and follow the steps below to connect the LIFX light with Apple HomeKit:
- Start by ressetting your light and router to ensure it will be detected on the network. .Start with the LIFX light on.
- Turn your light off and on at the wall 5 times slowly at consistent intervals.
- Hold it down for 10-15 seconds, and then release (for LIFX Z and Beam).
- Reset your router.
- Launch the LIFX app on your smartphone.
- Choose the light you want to update.
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
- Press Light Settings, then tap PAIR in the HomeKit status section.
- Select GET CODE.
- You will receive your unique HomeKit Code. You can save this as an image to your camera roll. This code is needed to complete the setup.
- Lights shipped with HomeKit codes in the packaging will have the code etched on the base of the bulb or the reverse side of the lights controller (Find the code here).
- Now that you have your HomeKit code, you are ready to connect your light.
- Repeat steps 3-6 above and select PAIR LIGHT (If you have the code on your packaging you can start directly on step 3 and select Pair Light).
- The App will start preparing your light for connection to your Wifi.
- Tap I DO NOT HAVE A CODE OR CANNOT SCAN if the the code is not shipped with the device (or scan the code if you already have the code is shipped).
- Under Manual Code, click on Enter Code.
- Enter your unique HomeKit Code, then Your LIFX light will now connect with Apple HomeKit.
- The HomeKit code is unique to each accessory, and it’s one of the only ways that the device can be added to a HomeKit home, for security purposes.
- Don’t share your code with another person if you don’t want them to take control of your light through their IOS devices.
- Read this article if you lost your HomeKit code.
Siri voice commands to use with LIFX.
Now when your LIFX light is successfully paired with HomeKit you can rely on your Apple devices such as your iPhone or iPad to control the lights using Siri voice-assistant, and these are some examples:
- “Hey Siri, Turn on my bedroom lamp”.
- “Hey Siri, Turn off my desk bulb”.
- “Hey Siri, Dim my living lamp”.
- “Hey Siri, Dim my Bedside lamp to 40%”.
- “Hey Siri, make my bathroom bulb to blue”.
You can also go directly to the HomeKit app on your IOS device or MAC to change the light temperature, color, adjust the brightness, and so on.
Receive LIFX notifications on HomeKit.
You can rely on the HomeKit to receive LIFX notifications on your iPhone, Mac, or other HomeKit-enabled devices by turning ON the notifications function on each device, and here’s how to do it:
On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:
- Launch the Home app.
- Click on Home Settings.
- If you have multiple homes, tap Home Settings.
- Then tap a home.
- Under Notifications, choose the type of accessories like Lights, then tap an accessory and turn ON Allow Notifications.
On your Mac:
- Open the Home app.
- In the menu bar, go to Edit then Edit Home.
- Under Notifications, choose the type of accessories like Lights then click an accessory and turn ON Allow Notifications.
How to delete the LIFX light from HomeKit?
Some people are excited to pair the LIFX with HomeKit but after trying this feature they may hate it or want to switch to Alexa or Google Home, so they can follow the instructions below to delete LIFX from the Home app.
- Go to the Home app.
- Find the LIFX light you want to remove, You can find all your accessories from the Home section or Rooms section of the app.
- Press on the accessory to view its controls and access other options.
- Scroll down and tap on Remove Accessory to remove the LIFX light from your home.
- Tap on “Remove” again.
LIFX & HomeKit integration has many advantages, especially for IOS and Mac users who don’t want to manage their lights using another voice assistant like Alexa or Google Home, I hope I have answered all your questions regarding this topic.