LIFX

MSRP: $100.00
Chowmain LTD
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Version: 20220812
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Overview

LIFX (pronounced Life-X) is a line of energy-efficient, multi-color, Wi-Fi enabled LED lighting products that can be controlled via a Wi-Fi equipped device such as a smartphone or smartwatch. The LIFX driver for Control4 allows for two way control and feedback of all LIFX products including bulbs, strips, beams, tiles and more.

With our new OS3.3+ V2 driver, Chowmain's driver now supports ColorWheel and white temperature selector and is easier to setup than ever.

Features

  • Direct Control using Network (V3 only. V2/V1 requires cloud)
  • Two way control and feedback.
  • Automatic Detection of Devices
  • Brightness control
  • Color Temperature control
  • Color control
  • One Touch Install and Configuration of lights (V3 only / OS3.3+ Required)
  • ColorWheel Support (V2/V3 Driver Only / OS3.3+ required)
  • Graphical White Temperature Selection (V2/V3 Driver Only / OS3.3+ Required)
  • Infrared Light Brightness Control (V3 Driver Only / OS3.3+ Required)
  • HEV disinfection support (V3 Driver Only / OS3.3+ Required)

FAQ

What is the difference between V3 and our V2 driver?

  • As per popular request, V3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up, to support control via LAN instead of relying on LIFX's cloud servers.
  • Faster performance. Latency of commands is reduced from seconds to milliseconds
  • More reliable communication with the ability to resend unacknowledged commands
  • Infrared light brightness support via command (compatible hardware required)
  • HEV disinfection support to kill bacteria and sanitise surfaces (compatible hardware required)
  • Modern Diagnostics / Troubleshooting infrastructure
  • Significantly faster deployment. New AutoSetup system will automatically install drivers for devices, and Personal Access Token is no longer required.
  • Similar to V2, V3 also supports the new ColorWheel and white temperature selector (requires OS 3.3 or later)

Please note:

  1. Because of the breadth of the LIFX changes, LIFX V3 is not compatible with LIFX V2/V1, and it is strongly recommended to replace all old drivers
  2. Due to deficiencies in the LIFX Group LAN/UDP protocol, native LIFX groups are not supported. Advanced Lighting scenes may be used as an alternative (and native C4 scenes are expected to be implemented in the future)
What is the difference between the V2 driver and the depreciated group and light drivers

LIFX V2 Driver requires OS3.3+ to operate correctly and is recommended for both current and future installations

  • Native ColorWheel Support
  • Native Color Tempearature Support
  • Improved Color Scene support
  • Support for both LIFX Groups and individual LIFX Lights. Separate drivers are no longer required.

Why is this better than other RGB solutions?

  • This is an extremely affordable solution which does not require an additional hub to operate.
  • We have control over color, saturation, temperature, brightness.
  • Two way control / feedback. If the customer uses the original application Control4 gets the changes.

Where can I purchase this product from?

LIFX can be purchased from various retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon.

https://www.lifx.com/

What hardware will this work on?

This will work on all LIFX models.

Do you offer showroom discounts?
We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes.  See link below for T&C's and signup procedure.

Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ

I want to try this driver out before buying it?
All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 90 day trial.  Just add the driverCentral licencing driver and this driver and you're good to go.  No registration required.

Version 20220812 - 2022-AUG-12

  • Major Improvements to Performance and responsiveness. Requires Controller Reboot (Light V3, Agent V3)

Version 20220803 - 2022-AUG-03

  • Improve Logging, Diagnostics and Troubleshooting (All)
  • Fix Minor Crash (Light V3)

Version 20220727 - 2022-JUL-27

Fix Bug with Room detection (Agent V3)

Version 20220725 - 2022-JUL-25

By popular request, we went back to the drawing board and are proud to introduce our new LIFX V3 drivers. LIFX V3 is our new from-scratch rewritten LIFX driver. Designed for OS 3.3 or later, it now utilises UDP / Local Network Connections for improved performance and reliability, and no longer requires the cloud. Due to the large number of changes required, it is not backwards compatible with our existing drivers, and they will need to be replaced entirely.

Some of the new benefits over V2/V1 includes:

  • Faster performance. Latency of commands is reduced from seconds to milliseconds
  • More reliable communication with the ability to resend unacknowledged commands
  • Infrared light brightness support via command (compatible hardware required)
  • HEV disinfection support to kill bacteria and sanitise surfaces (compatible hardware required)
  • Modern Diagnostics / Troubleshooting infrastructure
  • Significantly faster deployment. New One-Touch Auto-Setup will install drivers and setup devices. Personal Access Token is no longer required.
  • And many new features

Our new driver is composed of 2 parts:

LIFX V3 Agent (Optional)

  • Provides device management, IP Healing capabilities and troubleshooting
  • Detect and display information on all devices
  • One-Touch Automatic setup of new drivers
  • This new Agent replaces the original Master Driver. Tokens are not required for local control (for many installers, it will be plug and play)

LIFX V3 Light

  • Provides Lighting control
  • Auto-Detection of lighting capabilities, and self-setup of the device
  • This new driver requires OS 3.3 or later.

Please note:

  1. Because of the breadth of the LIFX changes, LIFX V3 is not compatible with LIFX V2/V1, and it is strongly recommended to replace all old drivers
  2. Due to deficiencies in the LIFX Group LAN/UDP protocol, native LIFX groups are not supported. Advanced Lighting scenes may be used as an alternative (and native C4 scenes are expected to be implemented in the future)

We would like to thank everyone who assisted with testing including:

  • All of our Beta testers
  • Tony Audia
  • TundraSonic
  • Mitch Greenfield
  • Carlos Kam

Version 20220609 - 2022-JUN-09 [STABLE]

  • More defence against Code crashes. One bad piece of feedback won't break feedback for all lights (Master)
  • Fix Crash caused when Lights are added after initial setup. Detected by Automated code tests (Master)

Version 20220608 - 2022-JUN-08 [STABLE]

  • Fix Voice Scene / Alexa support (Light) - Thanks Trey Nolan / Eldon

Version 20220602 - 02-JUN-2022 [STABLE]

This is a huge new release with some major new changes

  • New OS3.3.0 compliant Lighting driver, with Lightwheel support (Light V2).

    • This new driver supports both groups and lights

    • Native Color Support

    • Hue / CCT button links for integration with SnapAV's Keypads or other compatible hardware. -- Thanks Kenton Matthews

    • Add Power On Behavior to adjust default Power on Mode (Light V2) - Thanks Kenton Matthews

    • Improved Ramping System (Light V2) -- Thanks Kenton Matthews

    • Load Groups

      • Lights can now be used in combination with Control4's Dimmer Load Group Driver for control of multiple lights with a single driver. Please note, color control is not supported at this time

  • New Diagnostics System (all)

    • Improved Debugging on all drivers to assist with troubleshooting

    • Self-diagnose issues. Simply use the Display Diagnostics action built into the driver.

    • Or, for additional assistance, use Submit Diagnostics to send a diagnostic report to the Chowmain support team, which you can use in your support ticket.

  • Fix Crash on Feedback for original V1 Lighting Driver (Light)

  • Improve Handling of bad feedback (Light)

  • Fix Turn On / Off Light Action (Light) -- Thanks Mitch Greenfield

  • Allow Poll Rate To be Set for general polling, and post-action polling to improve performance. WARNING, setting these rates too fast may lead to Rate Limits being hit on server (Master)

  • Fix Minor Crash (Master) - Thanks Mitch Greenfield

  • Remove Auto Setup From Group Driver. (Group)

  • Modify Button Link Connections. Add Hue / CCT button links. Fix All Button Links (Light V2) -- Thanks Kenton Matthews

Version #20210119 - 19-JAN-2021
⦁ Updated to new Driver Central licensing

Version #20190402 - 02-APR-2019
⦁ Added property to disable auto renaming of device
⦁ Fixed issue effecting ON and OFF proxy commands

Version #20190116 - 16-JAN-2019
⦁ Added support for groups (New slave driver)
⦁ Added support for scenes (Master Driver - programming tab)
⦁ Added support for RGB command via (Light Driver - programming tab)
⦁ Added support for Color Temp command via (Light Driver - programming tab)
⦁ Fixed issue with ramp rates
⦁ Fixed issue where driver would unhide proxies in all rooms (now it only hides proxies).
⦁ Fixed issue with CLICK_RAMP_RATE_UP, CLICK_RAMP_RATE_DOWN, PRESET_LEVEL

Version #20190103 - 03-JAN-2019
⦁ Initial Version