Harmony experience with LIFX

It's not compatible with IR based remotes

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

LIFX

Harmony and LIFX

With Harmony and LIFX Wi‑Fi LED light bulbs, you can create immersive home entertainment Activities. Automatically set your lights to your favorite team colors when you start your Watch Sports Activity, set your lights to a warm, relaxing color for your Listen to Music Activity, or turn off all your lights when you're ready for bed.


Setup


Set up your LIFX system
Set up your bulbs and configure the system using the LIFX app on iOS or Android. The names you give your bulbs will eventually copy over to Harmony; however any lighting scenes you create will not.
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Connect Harmony and LIFX
Harmony will now be able to find and control your LIFX bulbs. View the instructions below to connect LIFX with a new or existing Harmony setup. We recommend using the Harmony mobile app for setup and configuration as it allows greater customization than the MyHarmony desktop software.

Add LIFX to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices
  1. Select the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select HOME CONTROL, then LIFX and Harmony will search for LIFX bulbs on your home network.
Harmony app LIFX pairing
  1. Once added, Harmony allows you to associate light colors or brightness levels to the starting or stopping of your Activities. View the customize section below for more information.
  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen, then the Scan for device link near the center of the page.

  4. Harmony Desktop Softare - Auto Scan LIFX
  5. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable.
  6. Harmony will scan your home network for LIFX bulbs.
  7. Once added, Harmony allows you to associate light colors or brightness levels to the starting or stopping of your Activities; however this additional configuration may only be done from the Harmony mobile app. View the customize section below for more information.

Control

Controlling LIFX from the Harmony touchscreen remote

Quick on/off and brightness

Using your Harmony touchscreen remote, tap the DEVICES button on the front of your remote. Tapping the icon next to the Lights group will toggle all lights on or off, while pressing the group name will reveal each of your individual bulbs. Long press on the name of one of your bulbs then swipe left or right to control brightness. Bulb colors may only be changed using the Harmony mobile app.

Controlling LIFX from the Harmony mobile app

Quick on/off and brightness

Using the Harmony mobile app, navigate to the Devices tab. Tapping the icon next to the Lights group will toggle all lights on or off, and pressing the down arrow will reveal each of your individual bulbs. Long press on the name of one of your bulbs then swipe left or right to control brightness.



Changing the color of LIFX bulbs

Select the > arrow next to a bulb to view and change it's color values. If this bulb only supports brightness control, you'll see a brightness slider instead.


Harmony app Control LIFX Lights

Organize your bulbs

You may organize your light bulbs into groups such as living room or hallway. From the Devices tab, scroll to the bottom and select Edit > Group. You'll be prompted to provide a group name and select the light bulbs you'd like to include. Once configured, you may tap the group bulb icon to power everything on/off, long press and swipe left/right to control brightness, or expand the group to control bulbs individually. You cannot change the color for a group of bulbs. If you have a touchscreen remote, the same groups will appear there as well.

Customize

Harmony allows you to associate bulb brightness and color settings to the start or end of Activities. You can also create Activities that may or may not include entertainment devices, or trigger Activities for certain days and times. Below are some examples of Harmonly one‑touch Activities that you can use with LIFX.

Things you can do with Harmony and LIFX


Harmony - Start ESPN Harmony - Good Morning Harmony - Listen to Music

Creating your Watch ESPN Activity


It's game time! Let's create an Activity that powers on your TV, AVR speakers, tunes to the sports station, and then turns your lights orange and green in support for your favorite team.

Create a TV Activity

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select the WATCH TV Activity type and name your Activity: Watch ESPN.
  4. Check the devices you need as part of this Activity such as your TV, AVR and cable box or DVR. Be sure to also select the lights you'd like to control.
  5. Follow the prompts in the mobile app to configure your inputs.

Configure your LIFX bulbs to display your team colors

  1. After selecting inputs, you'll be promoted to adjust your home control devices. Click the > next button.
  2. Select the > arrow beside your first light and select one of your team colors. Be sure to also set the brightness and ensure the power button is enabled. Repeat this step for each of your lights.
  3. Select the > next button in the upper right corner. You can optionally choose to power off or change bulb colors each time this Activity ends.

  4. Harmony App - Watch Sports Activity with LIFX Screen 1

Have it tune to your sports station

  1. Once complete, you'll see a list of your Activities. Select your Watch ESPN Activity.
  2. Select START SEQUENCE, then the EDIT START SEQUENCE button.
  3. Select ADD A STEP, then click the DEVICE button and choose your cable box or DVR.
  4. Enter your favorite sports station number, then tap the > arrow in the upper right corner twice.

  5. Harmony App - Watch Sports Activity with LIFX Screen 2

You're all done!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your Watch ESPN Activity to see it in action!

Creating your Watch ESPN Activity


It's game time! Let's create an Activity that powers on your TV, AVR speakers, tunes to the sports station, and then turns your lights orange and green in support for your favorite team.

Create a TV Activity

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select the WATCH TV Activity type and name your Activity: Watch ESPN.
  4. Check the devices you need as part of this Activity such as your TV, AVR and cable box or DVR. Be sure to also select the lights you'd like to control.
  5. Follow the prompts in the mobile app to configure your inputs.

Configure your LIFX bulbs to display your team colors

  1. After selecting inputs, you'll be promoted to adjust your home control devices. Click the > next button.
  2. Select the > arrow beside your first light and select one of your team colors. Be sure to also set the brightness and ensure the power button is enabled. Repeat this step for each of your lights.
  3. Select the > next button in the upper right corner. You can optionally choose to power off or change bulb colors each time this Activity ends.

  4. Harmony App - Watch Sports Activity with LIFX Screen 1

Have it tune to your sports station

  1. Once complete, you'll see a list of your Activities. Select your Watch ESPN Activity.
  2. Select START SEQUENCE, then the EDIT START SEQUENCE button.
  3. Select ADD A STEP, then click the DEVICE button and choose your cable box or DVR.
  4. Enter your favorite sports station number, then tap the > arrow in the upper right corner twice.

  5. Harmony App - Watch Sports Activity with LIFX Screen 2

You're all done!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your Watch ESPN Activity to see it in action!

Creating your Good Morning Activity


Activity requirements

This Activity is for users with a Harmony Home Hub Extender, you must also have a compatible thermostat and plug. For example, Nest Thermostat along with one of these compatible plugs. Please see device compatibility for more information.

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select Add your own Activity and name your Activity: Good Morning.
  4. Select the devices you'd like included in this Activity, such as your lights, thermostat and plug.
  5. Confirm your devices power on using the mobile app, then tap MY DEVICES ARE ON.

Configure your lights, thermostat and plugs:

  1. Once you reach the ADJUSTING DEVICES screen, tap the > button in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Select each device of your included devices, setting them to turn on to the desired state when your Activity starts.
  3. When you're configuring your devices' Activity start state, tap the > button in the upper right-hand corner.
  4. On the next screen, you'll be asked to select a desired end state for your devices, leave this blank.
  5. Tap > in the upper right-hand corner. Your account will sync, completing the process.

Set this Activity to run weekdays at 7AM

  1. Press the > next button until you see your list of Activities.
  2. Select your GOOD MORNING Activity, then select SCHEDULE.
  3. Set your start time and select the days you'd like it to run.

  4. Harmony App - Good Morning Activity with LIFX Screen 2

That's it!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your GOOD MORNING Activity to manually trigger it, or wait until your pre-set time to see it run.

Creating your Good Morning Activity


Activity requirements

This Activity is for users with a Harmony Home Hub Extender, you must also have a compatible thermostat and plug. For example, Nest Thermostat along with one of these compatible plugs. Please see device compatibility for more information.

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select Add your own Activity and name your Activity: Good Morning.
  4. Select the devices you'd like included in this Activity, such as your lights, thermostat and plug.
  5. Confirm your devices power on using the mobile app, then tap MY DEVICES ARE ON.

Configure your lights, thermostat and plugs:

  1. Once you reach the ADJUSTING DEVICES screen, tap the > button in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Select each device of your included devices, setting them to turn on to the desired state when your Activity starts.
  3. When you're configuring your devices' Activity start state, tap the > button in the upper right-hand corner.
  4. On the next screen, you'll be asked to select a desired end state for your devices, leave this blank.
  5. Tap > in the upper right-hand corner. Your account will sync, completing the process.

Set this Activity to run weekdays at 7AM

  1. Press the > next button until you see your list of Activities.
  2. Select your GOOD MORNING Activity, then select SCHEDULE.
  3. Set your start time and select the days you'd like it to run.

  4. Harmony App - Good Morning Activity with LIFX Screen 2

That's it!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your GOOD MORNING Activity to manually trigger it, or wait until your pre-set time to see it run.

Creating your Listen to Music Activity


Activity requirements

For this Activity, you must have a compatible AV receiver or speakers. For example, Sonos. Please see device compatibility for more information.

Have Harmony create a relaxing atmosphere where you can dim the lights and listen to your favorite tunes.

Create a Listen to Music Activity

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select the LISTEN TO MUSIC Activity type and name your Activity: RELAXATION TIME.
  4. Check the devices you need as part of this Activity such as your home stereo. Be sure to also select the lights you'd like to control.
  5. Follow the prompts in the mobile app to configure your inputs.

Configure your LIFX bulbs colors

  1. After selecting inputs, you'll be promoted to adjust your home control devices. Click the > next button.
  2. Select the > arrow beside your first light and select a relaxing color of your choice. Be sure to also set the brightness and ensure the power button is enabled. Repeat this step for each of your lights.
  3. Select the > next button in the upper right corner. You can optionally choose to power off or change bulb colors each time this Activity ends.

Harmony App - Listen to Music Activity with LIFX Screen 1

Have it tune to your favorite radio station

  1. Once complete, you'll see a list of your Activities. Select your RELAXATION TIME Activity.
  2. Select START SEQUENCE, then the EDIT START SEQUENCE button.
  3. Select ADD A STEP, then click the DEVICE button and choose your stereo.
  4. Enter your favorite radio station number, then tap the > arrow in the upper right corner twice.

Harmony App - Listen to Music Activity with LIFX Screen 2

You're all done!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your RELAXATION TIME Activity to begin.
Please be aware

The starting station feature is only possible when setting up an Activity using the Harmony mobile app.

Creating your Listen to Music Activity


Activity requirements

For this Activity, you must have a compatible AV receiver or speakers. For example, Sonos. Please see device compatibility for more information.

Have Harmony create a relaxing atmosphere where you can dim the lights and listen to your favorite tunes.

Create a Listen to Music Activity

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select the LISTEN TO MUSIC Activity type and name your Activity: RELAXATION TIME.
  4. Check the devices you need as part of this Activity such as your home stereo. Be sure to also select the lights you'd like to control.
  5. Follow the prompts in the mobile app to configure your inputs.

Configure your LIFX bulbs colors

  1. After selecting inputs, you'll be promoted to adjust your home control devices. Click the > next button.
  2. Select the > arrow beside your first light and select a relaxing color of your choice. Be sure to also set the brightness and ensure the power button is enabled. Repeat this step for each of your lights.
  3. Select the > next button in the upper right corner. You can optionally choose to power off or change bulb colors each time this Activity ends.

Harmony App - Listen to Music Activity with LIFX Screen 1

Have it tune to your favorite radio station

  1. Once complete, you'll see a list of your Activities. Select your RELAXATION TIME Activity.
  2. Select START SEQUENCE, then the EDIT START SEQUENCE button.
  3. Select ADD A STEP, then click the DEVICE button and choose your stereo.
  4. Enter your favorite radio station number, then tap the > arrow in the upper right corner twice.

Harmony App - Listen to Music Activity with LIFX Screen 2

You're all done!

  1. Keep pressing the > next button until you exit the settings menu.
  2. From the Activities tab, select your RELAXATION TIME Activity to begin.
Please be aware

The starting station feature is only possible when setting up an Activity using the Harmony mobile app.

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How Harmony integrates LIFX

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony connects with LIFX bulbs using your home Wi‑Fi network. Please ensure bulbs are connected to the same home network as your Harmony hub.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

As Harmony and LIFX communicate over your home Wi‑Fi network, Harmony remotes that do not come with a Wi‑Fi enabled Harmony Hub will be unable to control it.

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