iOS: Adding a light with LIFX onboarding

I don't have HomeKit or I can't get HomeKit to work, how can I add my light?


Using the 'LIFX Setup' will connect your light to the app without adding HomeKit and Siri at the same time. Sometimes there are a number of issues that can occur that make HomeKit setup prone to error and if it doesn't seem to be working for you, we suggest trying LIFX onboarding.


Guide me through adding my light


Step 1

Reset your light and router

If you've not attempted to set up your light via the LIFX app or Home app before then ignore this step. 

Otherwise, a hardware reset will ensure your lights are available to be detected in your network.

  1. Start with the LIFX light on
  2. Turn your light off and on at the wall 5 times slowly at consistent intervals 
  3. Reset your router


Step 2

Open the LIFX App

1 Press '+'  and New Device


2 Press 'New Light' and
"My Light doesn't support HomeKit" (highlighted in blue)



3a Allow notifications

3b Follow steps on screen to begin setup

3c Navigate to your Wi-Fi settings


Choose light from settings.

The light will appear as ...LIFX_model_serial (if you tap the light and it prompts you to open the Home app, you can either follow those instructions to begin HomeKit onboarding or reset the light and wait 20 minutes before trying again)

Make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to connect the light to (please note, LIFX only support 2.4Ghz networks). Then enter the password.



5a Return to the app

5b Under 'Almost Done' Select 


6a Create/choose a location for your light

6b Create/choose a group for your light

6c Name your light (approx. 10 characters)


Complete, you can now enjoy your light!


If your light didn't appear as "Set Up New Device" 

Step 1

1. Click Settings
2. Open Wi-Fi
3. Select the LIFX Wi-Fi
4. Wait for the check mark

Note: If you do not see your light, reset it by turning it on and off 5 times. It will color cycle and start broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal again. It takes around 15 seconds to appear after resetting..

Step 2

If you have already connected to the light, the setup process should start automatically. Follow the on-screen steps.

Click "LIFX Set Up"

If it does not start automatically:

1. Tap the “+” Button on the bottom right corner 
2. Choose "New Device" 
3. Tap "LIFX Setup"
4. Tap "Get Started"

Step 3

Step 4

1. Set a Location
2. Set a Group
3. Name your Light


Complete, you can now enjoy your light!

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