Final design, factory prototype and 900+ lumens!
We arrived back in Melbourne over the weekend, bleary eyed, tired, but incredibly excited with how close we now are to production. I took the weekend off, spent time with the wife and kids and tasted some good coffee for the first time in weeks, first world problem I know, but the Hot Ovaltine I’d be using as a substitute wasn’t quite cutting it.
Back in Melbourne with the first factory prototype now in hand and the big decisions made, our next trip to Shenzhen will focus on minor design tweaks and producing the second factory prototype, which is (all things going well) the consumer ready version of the LIFX smart bulb.
And, the big news, we can finally reveal the bulb design will look very much like the ones below.
Function has totally informed this design - enabling a whopping 900+ lumens output whilst simultaneously keeping the advanced electronics cool enough to operate efficiently. On that note we're actually super happy with the magic Ben and Nathan have worked on the design to
create this sleek, distinctive look.
We've narrowed the color/finish selection down to four main candidates (see below) and we'd now like to ask you to help us select the final production finish via an online poll.
The contenders below, L to R are Matt Black. Dark Silver. Gun Metal Grey and Pearl White. You can take the poll here: https://requestlifx.wufoo.eu/forms/lifx-color-survey/
It's an exciting time because we now not only have the design, but the control board complete and the new firmware and the app both nearing completion.
The design we've chosen blends the aesthetics of what we feel the reinvention of the lightbulb should look like, with the practicalities of giving you brightness.
The design is also a shift away from the basic LED bulbs that mirror traditional bulbs. From what we've seen, skimping on the heatsink leads to “running hot” - diminishing the lifespan of the bulb as well as reducing the potential lumen output.
To show the previous factory prototype too (that you saw a sneak peak of in the last update) I recorded a little video of it running a demo sequence last night.
The bulb is just a solid works prototype, and it's not the sexy new design, but it should give a good sense of the progress we're making. I talk through some of the things we're still testing but we hope you enjoy seeing it in action.
PS. For those who asked- the new underwear is going great. Just in time for Valentine's Day too!