LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
The software part is where the fun lies, but make sure you get the hardware right before it lives on your wall
HOOK THEM TOGETHER
Pull your LIFX Tile set out of the box and wire it together, connecting the power cable to the unit with the green dot. Arrange the set in the same way as you’re intending to have it on your wall and plug it in. The tiles should blink in unison. Now download the LIFX app and fire it up.
04 TILE LAYOUT
When connected, each Tile node lights up with a distinct colour. You’ll see the same colour arrangement on your phone’s screen. Drag them around until they match the layout you’re going for. You can also leave small gaps (though these will have wires trailing through them) and misalign tiles if you wish.
CONNECT YOUR PHONE
Open up the LIFX app and tap the plus button, followed by ‘Connect Light’ to begin the process of adding a new LIFX device. After a short period of grinding and whirring – it can take a while, depending on your specific network conditions – the app should find your new Tile setup.
05 TRY A THEME
Before you stick your Tiles on your wall, use the themes section in the app to see them in action. If you’ve played with the order of things a little too much, you’ll notice that the themes don’t quite line up. If this is the case, it might be worth rearranging your tiles to get the best effect from the oozing colours.
CONFIGURE YOUR NETWORK
Individual LIFX devices use Wi-Fi to communicate, though you’ll only need to configure your master device once. Select your wireless network, cough up your password, name your Tile set so that it’s less baffling in the LIFX interface, then assign it to a room in your home.
06 STICK ’EM UP
With everything now set up, disconnect your tiles from the power and attach them to your wall, making sure you keep the same arrangement and orientation. Once they’re installed, power back up, head to the app again and try using the colour section, highlighting tiles at the top to control each unit.