The Philips hue has basically become the standard when it comes to colored smart bulbs, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping other companies from making something similar. The Elgato Avea is looking to be the next Philips hue killer, by making automated mood lighting available at the touch of a finger.
(Read our Philips hue review to see exactly what all of the buzz is about.)
The Elgato Avea uses iOS devices and Bluetooth as its main method of control, so the range is as limited as the platform. (Sorry Android users.) That basically means that you won’t be able to tap into the Avea from across town or across the world. This is strictly for entertaining (and illuminating) while you’re at home.
That said, you’ll probably want to stick close to this thing, if you want to see all of the pretty colors. With one tap, you can enable some fancy-sounding preset scenes, such as Calm Provence, Cherry Blossom, Fairy Woods, Wake-Up Light, Magic Hour, and more. Elgato makes mood lighting easy, since there’s something here to help you wake up, unwind, party, and do pretty much everything else you’d want to do with automated colored smart bulbs.
Like the Philips hue and other similar products, the Elgato Avea boasts an extremely easy setup. Because it doesn’t need any type of bridge, it works right out of the box. Just screw in the bulb, download the app, and get ready to taste the rainbow. And even though you can opt for as many Avea smart bulbs as you can fit into your house, this smart bulb works alone just fine, if you’re only interested in highlighting one special area.
The 7-watt LED smart bulb also features 430 lumens and is rated for 25,000 hours of use. The Elgato Avea is selling now, priced at $39.99 each.
Need a few other bright ideas? Check out our article, “Try Smart LED Bulbs for a Smarter Home.”