[Updated 05/29] Even if it is just for the thrill and tingling feeling deep down our hearts, smart lights have an appeal to the human mind that cannot be directly explained. Here, this review is about two LED light brands that have planted their feet in the sands of smart light production. The battle is between Philips Hue vs Lifx. Both brands will be pitching for the position of users’ relevance in this review of Philips Hue and Lifx.
For the everyday user, quite a number of things are keenly considered when opting for a LED lamp for the home. I am particularly resolved that you won’t just jump at any bulb that you come across when shopping for a smart light for your home. If anything, you will consider the features, hardware, and efficiency of products to be purchased. Some users even give consideration to the aesthetic look and feel of the bulbs. These and more are considerations I will be reviewing here as deciding factors when opting for Philips or Lifx.
That is exactly why I have taken the pain to pitch these brands in a versus battle to determine which best meet users’ expectation and is most relevant to a different range of users available.
What Is There In A Smart Bulb: Philips or Lifx?
Both brands Philips and Lifx are independent authorities in the field of LED lamps, however, there a few things that keep them apart. These are the key factors that users like you consider when choosing a smart home light. First is the price
Philips’ price range from $49.99 to $147.99. This shows that the Hue is a relatively expensive brand of smart bulb to buy. Lifx, selling at a price range of $33.45 to $89.99 however, is fairly lower in price compared to Hue.
Although both the Hue and Lifx are quite expensive, they deliver on the assurance of a rich, smart home experience. I will leave you to make your choice with their prices as a considered factor.
About the hardware of Lifx and Philips, there is a huge difference. One of these differences is the custom designs that make some prospects opt for Lifx or Philips.
Lifx’s hardware is designed in a short cylindrical plastic edge that allows the the bulb’s glow shine brighter and reach wider. The flat top of the bulbs grants more far-reaching delivery of light ray to give your home a brighter feel.
The glow is further enhanced with some 1100 lumens of brightness that is packed into the bulb. And then, there is the 16 million colors and 1000 shades of white light that range from warm which is the brightest to cool white light. These features are better pronounced among the second and third generations of its Smart bulbs.
Now to the Hue. The hardware is designed with a globe-like plastic top that let the light bounce around and shine in a conical shape. This is cool if you are hanging the bulb from a ceiling or in a bedside lamp holder. This way, the Hue can cast it glow down on everything within range. The Philips BR 30 bulb, however, have a wider design angle for a wider beam reach.
Philips Gen 2 A 19 bulb bursts with 16 million colors and a warm and cold white color which range between 2000 to 6500 kelvins. That is equivalent to 342 to 550 lumens. Regrettably, this range is a lot lower than the lumen range of its stiff competitor here.
When talking about the most effective of Philips and Lifx, there is an interesting thing to consider. The Hue is placed at an ordinary 15,000 hours compared to Lifx’s whopping 40,000 hours of lifespan. If efficiency is anything to go by, I think the lifespan of LED bulb is an essential factor to consider.
It is a little disheartening here that Lifx is still topping Hue as far as this Philips vs. Lifx review is concerned.
Furthermore on efficiency, there is the issue of heat generation from both LED bulb brands. This takes us to the second phase of our review. Lifx bulbs, having a slightly bigger size, generates more heat and can be quite discomforting as a bedside lamp.
On the other hand, Philips’ bulbs are quite smaller and do not cause discomforting heats making them suitable for bedside, kitchen and any other location in your home. This feature/advantage tip the scale a little for Hue over Lifx. At least in this area of Philips vs. Lifx review, Philips takes the advantageous credit for comfortability and safety.
Now, let’s pry into the internal working of both LED bulbs to see what the user experience of Hue and Lifx is like. The deciding factor here is user-friendliness regarding which has the best app for controlling and managing their bulbs.
On the part of Lifx, I could not help but notice the little time lag between sending a command from the application and the time it takes effect on the bulb. To the everyday user, this may not be an issue, but I thought lit is worth mentioning here in this Hue and Lifx review. Further, there seem to be just three main features to the functionality and control from the app: configuration, dimming and changing colors. Well, if that is all you want in a smart bulb, you may not complain.
Now, to Philips Hue. Philips app shows a whole lot more legroom for users by allowing configuration, timer setting, grouping of bulbs, dimming and changing colors. This is what I call factoring a sleek and intuitive user experience into the production of a smart bulb.
Finally, here are some factors that propped the scale higher this time for Philips: geofencing and IFTTT integration. The geofencing or proximity-based control is the feature of managing the light in your home when you are not at home. What could be smarter and more user-appealing than this?
The IFTTT (pronounced “Gift” without the “G”) meaning “If This Then That” is a feature that allows you set lighting recipes to suit your moods, situations, and conditions. Hue makes this readily available for the user through its software (the app). You can set the light in your room to flicker bright red when the temperature in your kitchen goes beyond a particular degree or anything of that kind.
Without a doubt, Philips takes a lead position above and beyond Lifx in the aspect of user experience with the app.
After all is said and done, it appears that Philips and Lifx had their up times and down times in this review.
For users who fancy brighter glow of light and longer life span, it is evident that their choice will be the Lifx because of its higher lumen delivery compared to Hue. Philips Hue, however, will take preeminence when users are considering a sleeker control and conditioning recipes like the IFTTT.
In their ways, both Philips and Lifx have their different and distinct area of concentration when it comes to user satisfaction. So, I will leave you to make the buyers decision based on the insight shared above.
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