Eve's HomeKit-Enabled 'Eve Flare' Offers Awesome Mood Lighting, Long Battery Life, and Water Resistance

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    Eve Systems, formerly known as Elgato, has been making its Eve line of HomeKit products since HomeKit was first announced, and it was in fact one of the first companies to come out with HomeKit devices.

    Eve recently expanded into lighting, launching the Eve Flare and the Eve Light Strip. I tested the Eve Light Strip earlier this year, and now that its sister product the Eve Flare has come to the United States, I thought I'd take a look at it to see how it measures up to other available HomeKit lighting options.

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    Design

    The Eve Flare is a sphere-shaped LED lamp that reminds me a lot of the white FADO lamps from Ikea. I've used Ikea's lamps for years with my Hue bulbs, so I expected the Eve Flare's sphere-shaped form factor to look great with colored and white light alike and I was not disappointed.

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    Ikea's FADO lamps are made of glass with a plastic base, but the Eve Flare assembly is all plastic because it's meant to be portable. A plastic design makes it lighter weight and safer to move around than glass. There is a seam that I can feel at the top of the Flare where the two halves come together, but it's not very visible when the light is in use.

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    There's one flat side on the base of the Eve Flare that allows it to sit flat on a table and charge on its included charging base. You can use the Eve Flare while it's on the base, but you can also pick it up and take it with you outside, in the bath, next to the pool, in the kitchen, or wherever else you might want portable mood lighting. It's kind of similar to the Hue Go in regard to portability, though the Flare is larger and not as bright.

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    The Eve Flare has impressive battery life. Eve says that it will last for up to six hours, but I assume that's at maximum brightness. I set the brightness to about 40 percent and the Eve Flare lasted well over 24 hours. I took it off the charger at 9:40 a.m. and when I got up the next morning, it was still on. It didn't die until the next day at 6pm. Battery level can be checked in the Eve app.

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    Eve designed the Eve Flare to be IP65 water resistant, which means it's able to hold up to multi-directional low-pressure water jets for at least 15 minutes. This basically means that it can be used in the rain, poolside, near the bathtub, and in other areas where it might get splashed or a bit wet, but you're not going to want to submerge it.

    I don't necessarily recommend it, but I took the Eve Flare in the shower to test it a few times, and it had no problem with the moisture and splashes in there.

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    The Eve Flare is on the larger size, which make it a little inconvenient to carry, but at the base, there's a little metal handle you can use for both carrying and hanging the light up on a hook if you want. The handle isn't particularly comfortable to hold because it's metal, but it's sturdy when hung up on something like one of those 3M adhesive hooks.

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    There are two physical control buttons at the bottom of the Eve Flare. One for cycling through the colors you have set as favorites in the Eve app and a second for turning the power on and off. There are no options for setting up color palettes and automatically shifting between colors, unfortunately.

    Setup and Reliability

    While Eve's other lighting product, the Eve Light Strip, connects to HomeKit using WiFi, the Eve Flare uses a Bluetooth connection. Connecting it to HomeKit was a matter of opening up the Eve app, making sure the lamp was turned on using the power button at the bottom, and then scanning the code. The connection is quick with no WiFi steps since it's Bluetooth.


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  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    Since this $100 mood light (wimpy 90 lumen output isn't good for much else) does not require a bridge, I suppose it is technically cheaper than Philips Hue Go ($80 without the bridge). But Philips Hue Go is much brighter (300 lumens), although obviously still not usable as a primary light for activities like reading.

    On the flip side, Eve Flare has much longer battery life (6+ hours vs up to 3 hours), water proof, more elegant charging system, and more diffused.
     
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    As mood lighting, I find it more visually impressive than the Hue Go and the battery life is waaaaaaay better. Hue Go is smaller, though, and better fits on a table. Hue Go is definitely a lot brighter. Almost too bright for a mood light depending on where you have it. Mine's never on max brightness.
     
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    Just an FYI: the Eve website link takes you directly to your cart and not the main website or Eve Flare product page.
     
  5. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

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    $100 is a bit much for 1 decorative light. o_O
     
  6. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    Okay...I won’t lie. This mood swing bulb is awesome.
     
  7. idji73 macrumors newbie

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    I don't get this connected-lamps-everywhere trend. Am I the only one that this doesn't interest?
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I've fixed that link.
     
  9. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors 6502

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    Look at PLAYBULB sphere. Great product half the cost.
     
  10. InfiniteJoules, Mar 13, 2019
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    To the writer of this article,

    I just purchased the Eve Flare myself yesterday and can manually change the colors on the Flare itself. On the bottom of it there’s a “mode” button. Pressing this button will cycle through the main colors you’ve chosen as your favorites.

    Thanks.

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    Takeaway: You can never own too many LUSH products
     
  12. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    Kinda neat. Since all of my lighting is Hue, I have to ask. This or the Hue Go?

    And dangit, now I want to buy a bunch of those FADOs and put Hue bulbs in them. Because having an Ikea NOT lamp in each corner of my rooms with a Hue bulb isn't enough.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, looks like there is a home assistant integration for MIPOW so you would be able to import this into HomeKit through HA.
     
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    I'm glad someone got the correct message from this!
    --- Post Merged, Mar 14, 2019 at 10:35 AM ---
    It's kind of a tossup for me. I really like the look of the Eve Flare and the battery is so much longer, but it's nice having all of the lights in the Hue app and Hue Go is a good bit brighter. If you use any of the Hue integrations like the feature that lets it sync to media, Hue Go all the way. If you don't, the Flare is nice. Flare's also the way to go if you prefer long battery life.
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    Thanks! I overlooked a mention of the control buttons at the bottom. Sorry about that -- I've updated the review. It would definitely be nice to have an automatic feature that would cycle through various colors and color scenes sort of like LIFX or Nanoleaf rather than the manual button. Manual button is handy for quickly swapping colors if you don't want to use Siri or the iPhone app, though.
     
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    And here I thought that instead of #bathroombeer you had #bathroomicecream.
     
  16. InfiniteJoules macrumors member

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    No worries.

    Yeah I wish they offered that feature as well.
     
  17. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    What is the output voltage on the power adapter?
     

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