After two years of stagnancy and poor communication, LIFX could also be poised for a robust return. The model is now owned by Feit Electrical, a worldwide lighting firm that guarantees to fast-track LIFX bug fixes and launch new LIFX merchandise.
We beforehand reported that LIFX’s now-former mum or dad firm, Buddy Expertise, entered receivership in April of 2022. This improvement was lengthy overdue—Buddy Expertise floundered after 2019, and it was probed by the Australian Inventory Change in 2021 for failing to report money owed.
When an organization is in receivership, a court-appointed particular person or group is assigned to handle its debt (and get the corporate working once more, if potential). On this case, the agency that’s dealing with Buddy Expertise determined to promote LIFX to Feit Electrical.
Feit Electrical already sells a bunch of lighting merchandise (together with sensible bulbs), nevertheless it says that the LIFX model will keep intact. Lots of the Australian workers who work at LIFX will maintain their job, however for the primary time in a number of years, they’ll even have a chance to increase and enhance LIFX’s choices.
In a brand new Reddit thread, the LIFX staff defined that bug fixes are at the moment the highest precedence. That is prone to handle the mounting bugs and disconnect points that have an effect on LIFX clients. A brand new app beta will arrive quickly, says the LIFX staff, and you may get it early by becoming a member of the LIFX beta program on Android or iOS.
As for brand new merchandise, Feit Electrical confirms that it’s going to nonetheless launch a brand new LIFX Downlight this 12 months. Extra merchandise, that are but to be introduced, will launch in 2023. (LIFX introduced a number of merchandise at CES 2020, all of which went unreleased. Maybe they’ll arrive subsequent 12 months?)
We aren’t positive what the longer term holds for LIFX. However we actually hope that the model can discover its footing below Feit Electrical. Years in the past, LIFX was a serious participant within the sensible house world, and it now has a chance to achieve its former glory.
Supply: Feit Electrical by way of The Verge