Lighting is important for your home and is often the first place I direct people to get into smart home technology. Why? Because lighting can significantly affect your mood, and smart lighting in particular can be adjusted on the fly or with presets to turn your home into any mood you like.
There’s also added security benefits by having automated lighting while you’re away, and to be down right honest, smart lighting can be just plain fun. Being able to have cool lighting during movie time, or having your morning and evening lights have different colors to help you wake or sleep is incredible. Add to that lighting for parties, romantic times, or just having something to play around with while you’re bored, smart lighting is, in my opinion a must have.
But many get stuck with which bulbs to pick. Some need hubs, some don’t. Some have good white bulbs, and some good color bulbs. If you’re like me, you end up with several brands of bulbs that you may try to get to work together but often don’t.
Well, now there’s a new company called Lexi with an Indiegogo campaign that have create a series of bulbs that will be compatible with all major smart home systems and bulbs out there. That means you can pick these up from scratch as a new system, or integrate with your current bulbs and hubs.
What are Lexi smart home light bulbs?
Like all smart bulbs, Lexi has a normal A19 bulbs that you can control via a phone app on either iOS or Android. But that’s only the beginning. The first thing is that their bulbs are available in a variety of sizes, including BR30, which are the larger bulbs, and the GU10 bulbs for track lighting.
The bulbs come in either 16M colors for their color bulbs, but also offer a tunable white version. There’s even tealight and candle lights that I’ll talk about later. Those look really cool.
Now here’s where it gets interesting – they are compatible with, or plan to be compatible with just about every system out there.
By themselves the Lexi lights can run hubless from their native app. This makes for a quick and convenient setup, especially for beginners. The app will be available for both iOS and Android, and has an easy to use light configuration software. On top of that there’s Lexi Cloud, which has further functionality on the app available through a web browser.
That’s all incredible, but if you add a hub you get compatibility all other lighting systems and smart home hubs. Even with the hub you can control your Lexi lights through Google Home and Alexa. They’ll soon be integrated with SmartThings, Homekit, and Wink as well.
Lexi will even be directly compatible with other smart bulb brands. As of now they’re integrated with Philips Hue, Sylvania, and LIFX. Shortly they’ll add Olutron, TP-Link, and Sengled. It seems like all these brands will be able to be controlled directly through Lexi’s app. That makes the Lexi app a hub for lighting in and of itself, which is super cool.
Tea Lights & Candles? Yeah, Tea Lights & Candles
One more cool thing Lexi has done was come up with tea lights and candles. Not the old-timey light-a-wick candles, but smart, 16M color, fully compatible tea lights and candles.
Maximizing mood settings, especially for romantic dinners or movie time is now perfected with Lexi’s tea lights and candles.
Both models have one day continuous battery life and a few weeks of standby time. So go ahead and bring your lights to a party, or out on the patio and have a mimosa with the lights setting the perfect mood.
How do I get them, and how much?
Lexi is starting their products with an Indiegogo campaign and have so far reached over $26k of their $10k goal and they plan on shipping units in July of this year.
Two candles are on sale now for $40, which is 20% off the $50 retail price. Two bulbs can be had for $48 and you can add as many as you like for $24 each. This is a pretty competitive price for a full featured bulb. Lastly, tea lights are $80 for a pack of 6. That’s only $13 per light. Both the tea lights and the candles include a charge plate for free as well.
There are more expensive combo packs available which combine bulbs, candles, and the hub. If you already have smart bulbs from another brand, you’re definitely going to want the hub.
Are you into smart home lighting? What do you think of Lexi?