After two years of stagnancy and poor communication, LIFX could also be poised for a robust return. The model is now owned by Feit Electric, 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 mother or father 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 Trade in 2021 for failing to report money owed.
When an organization is in receivership, a court-appointed individual or group is assigned to handle its debt (and get the corporate working once more, if attainable). 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 good bulbs), nevertheless it says that the LIFX model will keep intact. Most 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 possibility to develop and enhance LIFX’s choices.
In a brand new Reddit thread, the LIFX workforce defined that bug fixes are at the moment the highest precedence. That is more likely to tackle the mounting bugs and disconnect points that have an effect on LIFX clients. A brand new app beta will arrive quickly, says the LIFX workforce, and you may get it early by becoming a member of the LIFX beta program on Android or iOS.
As for brand spanking new merchandise, Feit Electrical confirms that it’ll nonetheless launch a brand new LIFX Downlight this yr. Extra merchandise, that are but to be introduced, will launch in 2023. (LIFX introduced several products at CES 2020, all of which went unreleased. Maybe they’ll arrive subsequent yr?)
We aren’t positive what the long run holds for LIFX. However we definitely hope that the model can discover its footing beneath Feit Electrical. Years in the past, LIFX was a serious participant within the good residence world, and it now has a possibility to succeed in its former glory.