This article relates to the following updates, which are designed to work together:
Switch Firmware (3.90)
LIFX App (4.12)
New Multi-Press Feature: Single Press, Double Press and Long Press.
Updating both the Firmware on your Switch and your LIFX app provides the following upgrades to all of the LIFX Switch product family:
Configure your buttons to each have 3 'states' or functions, one each for a single press, a double press and a long press.
Reset a button target to 'none' to remove a control (i.e. you may later decide you want to use tap and long press, but not double tap).
What are the different kinds of presses?
Single Press: This is a quick tap of a Switch button with your finger.
It is a very short press. It looks like this:
|Double Press: This is a quick 'tap tap' of the Switch button with your finger.||
Long Press: This is when you press your finger on the Switch button and hold it there for a second or two.
This gesture is known as 'Press and hold' when used on touch screens.
I've set up my switches before and want to customize my button presses:
If you've set up your Switches previously but want to get the most out of them with this new upgrade, read on!
Go to your settings cog in the bottom menu of your LIFX app and select your switch.
This will take you to your new 'button setup' configuration screen. Here you can see how any physical buttons on your LIFX Switch are mapped, with options to control a specific terminal (the wired-in lighting) or any LIFX smart device, group or scene.
Simply decide which command you'd like to configure, tap that section under the button you're working on and choose what you want to activate ("trigger") when you use that action.
The screen will show an indicator for the button you are interacting with, as well as a drop-down where you can choose if you want to set it to trigger a single device, a group or any other available options.
How could I use this feature?
We feel using the short, single press is always best for a major action - so turning the room on and off like a regular switch if often good for guests and visitors.
The double press and long press can be used to add secret 'quick actions' to enhance the way you use that space in any way you like.
When I give a short tap, I want the Bedroom to turn on/off, so I choose 'Single Press' and set it to my 'Bedroom' group.
If I put my finger on the same button and hold it there for a second or so, I want to activate a night time scene that sets all my lights to dim and warm over the next 20 minutes to help me unwind, so I choose 'Long Press' and set it to trigger my custom scene 'Goodnight' that I added previously.
Learn how to create a scene here (we promise it will make your Switches and LIFX life much more awesome.)
I'm setting up a new LIFX Switch
If you are setting up a LIFX Switch for the first time, you will need to set up your terminals before you configure your buttons.
You'll need to do this to tell our app what terminal you'd like to control, as well as what you want the buttons to do:
Buttons represent the buttons on the actual Switch. They are configured to control LIFX devices, groups, scenes, locations, or the terminals (so devices you have physically wired to any LIFX Switch)
Terminals are the physical relays that are wired to electrical circuits and configured through the Wiring section
You should always configure what the terminals are connected in the Wiring section first. This will tell our app what is wired in that needs to be controlled. Then you can configure the buttons, selecting which button will control what when you physically press it at the wall.
You can find both of these in your Switch settings in the two sections called “Buttons” and “Wiring.” For a step-by-step guide check out our article on configuring your wiring here.
Need help finding your Switch settings?
You can find all the options for configuring or customizing Switches simply by clicking the cog in the bottom right of your LIFX app. You will find your Switches under the section called 'Accessories' in this area.
If you have only one switch installed, clicking 'Switch' will take you directly to that device's settings. If you have multiple switches, you will get a list of your switches to choose from for configuring.
How do I reset my LIFX Switch?
Hold down the bottom button until you feel the haptic feedback and the status flashes red
What do the colours of the status light mean?
Green flashing – device has been factory reset and is ready to onboard
Green solid – successful cloud connection
Blue flashing – device software is being updated
Orange flashing – loss of cloud connection
Red flashing – loss of local network Wi-Fi connection
How do I configure 2-way switching of non-LIFX devices?
On one of your Switches configure the terminal to be wired to a “Non-LIFX” device.
Then on another Switch where you also want to trigger that terminal, go into the Button configuration. Then select the button you would like to control the other terminal and choose “Non-LIFX device” from the drop list and select the terminal you configured in step 1.
- I have paired my Switch with HomeKit and configured buttons to control other HomeKit devices.
Button presses are still performing my LIFX app configured actions - what is going on?
- Go into your button configuration settings in the LIFX app
- Click on the action you want to link in HomeKit (i.e. Double Press).
- Use the grey, drop down menu to set the trigger to 'none'.
This will remove any LIFX actions from the Switch and allow your HomeKit configuration to activate without any conflicts.