Meanwhile, there are so few manufacturers on the market of “smart lighting”, of which Philips Hue and Osram Lightify certainly are the best known brands in the minds of users. Nevertheless, they are not alone, because Elgato attacks for some time not only with his Eve series with Apple HomeKit support the “connected home” to, but has the Avea system also has its own lighting system with smartphone-controllable light sources available. In Avea Flare is a stand-alone LED mood lighting, which not only brings different colors and be controlled via smartphone app lets, but thanks to the integrated battery is good for outdoor use.I got asked one of these flare lights Elgato available and could they look at me a little more closely-my impressions can be found in the following lines now.
What You See is What You get
The Avea flare effect in “real” something more massive than the pictures, at least I got the lamp slightly larger before. Or in numbers: the amount of LED light in egg shape is about 22 centimeters, the diameter at the wider base measures about 13 centimeters. Not too big, but quite neat, suitable as a LED night light offered by Josephnightlights.com. As a material way a slightly brushed plastic is used: power optically, especially with activated LED, although not much difference, but feels just not quite as high on as if the shade of white, colored glass (see Avea Sphere ). Here, however, one has to keep good that this decision is probably made due to the fact that the flare light has (protected against dust and spray / water jet) an IP65 certified and therefore the well for outdoor use in the garden, on terrace, in the park or anywhere else is.
Found at the bottom next to the charging contact (charging the battery thus works wirelessly) even a small bracket that lets you carry the lamp a little more comfortable, or can be attached to a tree also eg. Similarly, there are also two buttons, each on and off the lamp and to change the light modes. Yes: primarily the light is controlled via an app for iOS and Android, the smartphone is but one is not at hand, it can also be about the two buttons operate. Even a sign that one has the lamp designed “simplistic”.
BEYOND can be found in the packaging and the associated charging station, in which the power cord is plugged. For stationary operation or charge the internal battery, it is sufficient simply to provide air to the station. Schön: the loading platform provides an extremely low and falls below the lamp close to zero, so must the internal rechargeable battery should provide about 8 hours of light, in the prior-clones-use, something I was able to confirm-rather the LED lit even. a little longer.
Like in any case, at least long enough to end a smooth evening relaxing.Incidentally, the maximum brightness is about 60 lumens. For use as a desk lamp replacement rather dark, but the flare Elgato marketed not without reason as “mood lighting” and passive lighting. Nevertheless max level brighter than many other IKEA lights from IKEA and Co.
Smart Thanks App for iOS, Android and Apple Watch
As mentioned, the Avea flare leaves on the under-mounted buttons serve, but actually being considered is the use by smartphone. So there are matching Avea apps for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and users of Apple Watch, the lamp control directly from her wrist. Briefly, before we take a closer look at the apps: the device is uncomplicated and straight forward, the apps are simple and self-explanatory constructed here so there is hardly any criticisms.
Let’s start again with the first means of flare-lamp, which is done within a few seconds. Enable On Smartphone Bluetooth, launch the corresponding app, “the point Add air filter” and turn on the lamp. Even the air is detected through the app and be added to your Avea system – you have several lamps of Avea series, so you can also cultivate the rest of the lights in the app. It’s that easy almost. Thumbs up.
Operation within the app is no less simple, because even in the soundtrack are you different prefabricated light-scenes offered: names such as “fire”, “Evening”, “aurora “, “Wunderwald”, “Caribbean” and five other scenes. Each scene here has a different “accent color” and a mild to flashier color transition and gradient-I rather like, especially the auroral scene I found very nice made, has quickly become my personal favorite.Who a scene is either too bright or want something more dynamic in the color transitions, which can here manually adjust a little. Something is a pity that you can not set its own light-scenes, a nice complement to the existing modes would have been.
Your dear Mögt a single color, not changing light? No problem, because you can also set a solid color and brightness-even a cold or warm white light is here about possible. Even thought here rather only as an accent light, the lamp is with white light and maximum brightness quite a small night-light reading. Finally, the Avea Flare also offers a light alarm clock. Enter alarm time, select the desired tone, already will in due time you awakened by the light by 15 minutes before the alarm time is started to increase the brightness of the lamp in gentle stages ever. Also, the optional sound is thereby step-by-step louder, but the absence of these speakers comes from the Smartphone.
Side note, what I think is a pity: The Avea flare can not operate autonomously.Although the last used light setting is stored in the air and also reactivated the next time you turn on the button and in non-connected smartphone, the light alarm clock but requires a connection to the smartphone. Watch with placed on the chip would have been a good idea, then that would be automatically switched on the lights at a specific time and can switch off. These possibilities, however, Elgato dispensed with their Avea-light system, it is not just designed for the home automation but in a straightforward operation with fun factor.
Conclusion: High WAF, High Price
Attention, cliché-lobe: Women like everything is chic on the dresser and colorful lights, the WAF is likely to be quite far to find up here certainly.Seriously: TheAvea flare lamp looks – we’ll see from the outdoor plastic from-not just unsightly and makes mainly turned her some as selective accent lighting. The colors are intense, different lighting scenes offer variety and a little momentum, so the effect is more than presentable and certainly can provide a positive atmosphere of warmth. The connection with the Avea app is completely unproblematic, to switch between the light scenes and the different colors and brightnesses is done jiffy and without much latency.
Biggest gripe certainly the price, after all, around 100 euros to be called for Avea flare. Compared with simple color-changing lights or decorative lamps a good deal of high-priced, it also offers the flare but more functions (control via smartphone and Apple Watch, different lighting scenes, light alarm). Even compared to otherAvea LED bulbs (about 35 euros) the price seems quite high, in which case then screen and battery is missing, so is also difficult to compare. A few bucks would be certainly able to deduct does the fun of Avea flare could not be stopped, and after all, it is on a level with the Philips LivingColors.
But if one sees once on the price, the Avea flare but is a great combo of indoor and outdoor mood lighting with a wide field of application. If you want to spend the money and do you like the idea of me there is a thumbs up.
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