LifeSmart Announces new HomeKit compatibility For Updated Cololight

Cupertino, October 5, 2019
With today's official launch of the famous Aqara product lineup on Amazon, it's probably not the best time to reveal your own news, but that didn't deter LifeSmart, who today posted an update to their Twitter feed, announcing that their modular Cololight lighting system is now officially compatible with HomeKit. During the IFA trade show in Berlin, we posted on this back in July and were informally told that the company would release an updated version of the Cololight that was directly compatible with HomeKit. In reality, the Cololight came out with the Quantum Light monicker towards the end of last year, although that soon changed to its current name.

The Cololight is basically much like LiFX and Nanoleaf's compact light offerings, but on a much smaller scale, with each hexagonal tile at its widest reaching just nine o'clock. A typical starting pack includes a single' key tile,' together with two additional' kid tiles,' a power USB cable, and a stand. The Cololight links to your wifi network, and unlike some of their products, such as motion sensors and bulbs, it doesn't need the LifeSmart Smart Station. There is a separate mobile app, but the same controls are also present in the main app of LifeSmart.

This original model, which still appears to be the only available version, is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it is not compatible with HomeKit. However, if you're like us and have the original system along with a few child tiles, then the good news is that once the Cololight's new version is usable, you only have to replace the main tile, which is the compatible HomeKit component. All child tiles are going to work as before with the new main tile. The biggest physical difference between the old model and the new version is simply just the stand.

There are a multitude of color options and special color effects available, as with other products such as the Cololight, but many of them are usually confined to the dedicated app, with HomeKit control boiling down to solid colors, along with brightness and, of course, on and off. It's more than likely that this will be the case with Cololight's HomeKit version when it comes out, but we're excited to see a' mini' alternative to it's bigger LiFX and Nanoleaf relatives.

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