The partnership will help LIFX, which is on the forefront of the Internet of Things (IoT), make homes smarter and improve the way we live. Angel investors Guy King and Bevan Clark also participated in the round. Sequoia partner Omar Hamoui has joined the company’s board of directors.
“LIFX is one of the fastest growing and most promising smart home companies,” said Omar Hamoui, Sequoia Capital.
“Phil and team have truly revolutionized the first consumer electronics device: The light bulb. As consumers adopt connected home technologies, the LIFX bulb will be a starting point because it’s easy to install and immediately useful on a daily basis. We couldn’t be happier to support them as they work to deliver the best home innovation experience.”
This Series A funding round follows one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns to date, garnering over $1.3m in pledges in just six days. The company shipped its Kickstarter pledge pre-orders in Q1 this year.
LIFX will use the capital to fund the next phase of its business. The company is also now hiring world-class engineering, sales and marketing teams to create best in class IoT products. LIFX has offices in Los Altos, CA and Melbourne, Australia and will continue to grow both operations. Interested candidates can apply to [email protected].
“We’re amazed at the level of response we’ve received since our initial launch on Kickstarter in 2012. In the short time since the launch, we’ve worked to perfect our hardware, build a beautiful app and increase manufacturing to meet demand.” said Phil Bosua, CEO and founder of LIFX.
“This partnership will allow us to accelerate the growth of LIFX and produce some of the world’s best IoT products.”
The investment brings LIFX’s total funding to $16.6m.
The Light Bulb Reinvented – now available to everyone
The LIFX smart bulbs can now be purchased online and shipped worldwide for free. To date, the bulbs were only available to Kickstarter backers and select customers as the company scaled to meet the overwhelming demand.
The LIFX smart bulb works just like a normal light bulb. Simply screw in the LIFX bulb and download the free app and you’re good to go; set up takes less than two minutes.
LIFX offers three bulb models that retail for $99.00 USD each: Edison Screw, Bayonet Cap and Downlight (pre-order). Experience a virtual LIFX bulb at: virtualbulb.lifx.co.
LIFX has an open API platform so developers can freely develop apps and use cases to support the growing need for smart lighting throughout the world.