CES 2019: Eve Debuts New HomeKit-Enabled Eve Light Strip and Eve Energy Strip

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    Eve, known for its line of HomeKit-enabled smart products, today announced two new accessories that will be coming out later this year: the Eve Light Strip and the Eve Energy Strip.

    The Eve Light Strip claims to be the brightest HomeKit-enabled LED strip available to date with 1,800 lumens and support for full-spectrum white and millions of colors. For comparison's sake, the Hue Lightstrip Plus, a competing product, is 1600 lumens.

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    At 1,800 lumens, the Eve Light Strip will put out a good amount of light, allowing it to replace a standard room lamp at its brightest levels. Though it measures in at 6.6 feet, the Eve Light Strip can be cut at one foot intervals for smaller areas, or increased to 32.8 feet by adding extensions.

    Eve Light Strip comes equipped with preset colors that can be easily activated, and there are tools within the Eve app to allow users to create their own scenes.

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    Eve Light Strip connects to a home's WiFi setup and it is HomeKit compatible, so it responds to Siri voice commands and works in conjunction with other HomeKit products.

    Debuting alongside the Light Strip is the Eve Energy Strip, a power strip that offers up three HomeKit connected outlets in a black housing that's enveloped in an aluminum frame for durability. Each of the three outlets can be controlled independently, or all three can be controlled together.

    With HomeKit connectivity, the Eve Energy Strip is able to monitor power consumption, and users can set autonomous schedules and control attached appliances using voice control, the Home app, or the Eve app. Scheduling works even without a WiFi connection.

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    According to Eve, the Energy Strip features protection mechanisms to safeguard against power surges, overvoltage, and overcurrent, making connected devices immune to electrical faults.

    Eve Light Strip will be available for $79.95 from the Eve website and from Apple starting in February. Extensions will be available for $49.95.

    Eve Energy Strip will be available for $119 from the Eve website starting in March.

    Article Link: CES 2019: Eve Debuts New HomeKit-Enabled Eve Light Strip and Eve Energy Strip
     
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  3. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors 6502

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    200 lumens difference isn’t much to get excited about. You wouldn’t even be able to tell unless they were side by side and even then 200 lumens isn’t a noticable difference. I’ll stick with Phillips.
     
  4. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    the human eyes light intensity perception scale is a logarithmic scale. So 200 lumen increase really doesn't mean much. But its an increase nonetheless. Its still very expensive!
     
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    These look a lot like products already being sold by Koogeek.
     
  7. wesley96 macrumors 6502

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    To me, the interesting bit about the light strip is that it's using Wi-Fi connection. Up until now, all of the Eve HomeKit accessories have used Bluetooth Low Energy for connection. It should be interesting to see if this offers faster and/or more reliable response.

    I have light strips from both Philips and Koogeek. While Koogeek's is the cheapest (moreso if you order straight from China) the brightness and the colour vibrance leave a lot to be desired. Philips knows its lighting stuff and it literally shines. Eve's offering seems to be attempting to directly take on Philips, both in terms of price and specs, but I'll reserve my judgment until some proper head-to-head real-life tests pop up.

    As for the power strip, it looks good but the price seems tad high. Maybe the rationale is that it combines three Eve Energy plugs into one at a cheaper price, but with competing product from Koogeek selling at half price it should have considered a sub-$100 point. I'm a satisfied user of six Eve Energy plugs and I do have use for that power strip at home, but the price is making me hesitant.
     
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    The Vocolinc ones are like 45 bucks and 1100 lumens so I find those to be great for accent lighting. Do people often use only strip lights and no bulbs in a typical home?
     
  9. luvbug macrumors regular

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    These prices are ridiculous. When the light strips drop to $4 a foot or less, I'll consider them. And yes, I'm patient. :)
     
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    So Koogeek is 37$ for strip and outlets for 53$, but You can buy it much cheeper even.
     
  11. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    Do people use these enough to warrant a new competing product? I can understand a single shade. Not sure if an alternating theme akin to a discotheque is a good idea.
     
  12. wesley96 macrumors 6502

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    Koogeek’s strip only does 500 lumens. It’s nowhere near as bright.
     
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    I am 100% sure it's not half the quality, product page is horrible, for instance, they have an "environment monitor" yet in Q&A they say it's unavailable, doesn't stop there, someone asked which sensors are inside, answer is 6, 1、monitor 2、Detect PM2.5 3、Detect PM10 4、Detect illumination 5、Detect temperature 6、Detect humidity.
    So 1 ???
    1. monitor 2 ???
    2. Detect PM2.5 ...what is this?
    3. Detect PM10 ...what is this?
    4. Detect illumination yup...comprihende
    5. Detect temperature ...understood
    6. Detect humidity..yes
    Typical Chinese manufacturer wannabe. (Don't have anything against Chinese)

    And then there's 500 Lm Ledstrip, minimum is 800-1000 Lm per meter (~3 feet)

    I bought a 5 meter CRI >93 5000 Lm strip from Germany online for about €55, next a Homekit enabled Dimmer and a reliable LedDriver (Chinese brand), works like a charm.
     
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    PM2.5 and PM10 refer to the amount of fine dust particles (Particulate Matter, or PM) of 2.5 and 10 micrometers or smaller, respectively. The sensors that detect these are popular in China due to the heavy air pollution. Korea is also affected by the Chinese air pollution crossing the Yellow Sea, so the situation is the same. It's more or less common knowledge there, hence lacking much explanation.

    I have several Koogeek HomeKit products at home that's been in operation between several months to a couple of years. They've been very reliable. But again, the light strip delivers just the amount of illumination as stated in the specs and it's dimmer compared to the competing products.
     
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    No you’re bringing back memories of an old TV show called “Automan” where everything was a blue LED strip ;)

    I’d be interested in seeing a home using the LED strip vs bulbs paying keen attention to placement for best lighting effects
     
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    In my experience, having strips for ambient and then bulbs for specific focused lighting but out of peripheral vision is best. I did strips above cabinets and behind TV and bookshelf, but bulbs over the dining table and in the main large corner lamp, as well as table lamps. That way you can set it up so that you get “movie theater” lighting without it being jarring when the lights come back to white and the bulbs turn on, and you can generally leave the dining table ones off.
     
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    Sounds like just the perfect setup mix.

    Hmmm. Interior design of lighting!
     

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