Mood lighting has been around for a long time, but a few monochrome lights and a dimmer swithc were the best I could do on a modest budget. Now, there are innovative new methods from reliable companies.
Avea from Elgato transforms my living room now with beautiful dynamic light moods. I can easily control my ambience from my iPhone, iPad, AND Apple Watch which allows me to unwind in one of the carefully crafted settings with subtly changing light.
My choices of light mood include Calm Provence, Cosy Flames, Cherry Blossom, Mountain Breeze, Northern Glow, Fairy Woods, Magic Hour, Wake-Up Light. After a relaxing evening, I can also set my alarm using the built-in wake-up light scene with a natural sunrise, right in my bedroom.
Avea connects directly to my iPhone and iPad using Bluetooth Smart technology, without requiring additional gateways or bridges. But, it doesn't stop there because once I have chosen a light scene, the smart LED lightbulb will take care of the rest, not requiring a constant connection to my iDevice.
In addition, Avea on the Apple Watch makes it easier than ever to pick the perfect lighting for my mood. I just raise my wrist to view the current status of Avea at a Glance, and effortlessly transform my room with a simple tap.
As an added convenience, I can connect more than one Avea, and they will automatically coordinate their lighting with each other to create an even more immersive atmosphere. This is a terrific example of how easy and effortless dynamic mood lighting changes have become.
For the technically minded, the specifications are 7W LED/430 lm, 3000 K/warm white, E27/ E26/A21, 110-240 V, energy efficiency class: A, energy consumption: 7 kWh/1000 h, and operating temperature: 0°-50°C/32°-122°F. Quite simply, this means it has low power consumption, broad operating environment, and a pleasingly warm ambiance.
After a recent home energy audit, cozy reactions from my wife, and successful testing of this innovative light, I plan to get several more Aveas for my living room and bedroom. This is an efficient and economical way to improve my home environment . . . a great investment.
For more information about the Avea, go to elgato.com/avea where it can be purchased for $39.95, or macsales.com/avea for $39.79, or amazon.com/avea for $36.35. Elgato has many other fine products (many of which I have) available at elgato.com/store including Game Capture HDs, Gaming Beanie, various cables and adapters, Smart Key, Thunderbolt 2 Dock, Thunderbolt drives, EyeTVs, related software, and more.