With the Misfit Bolt and Elgato Avea, your smartphone is the controller. They connect via Bluetooth and are controlled in an app. You don’t have to set up a control hub. You can control multiple 60-watt equivalent bulbs at once, from any room. But they’re not intended for use in humid locations, like a bathroom.
Both bulbs feature wake up timers that simulate natural sunrises. With the Misfit Shine, Flash or Beddit, the Bolt’s wake up timer can be coordinated with your sleep cycle. The Elgato Avea’s timer needs to be set each day.
Misfit says their Misfit Bolt can reproduce millions of colors from “relaxing warm to concentration-enhancing cool light.” Users can create dynamic Lightscapes by manually selecting color combinations or use their pictures and smartphone camera. There are also preset schemes, like the “quiet solitude forest” and “endless summer sunset.”
The Elgato Avea has ten different light moods that whisk users around the world to put them in the perfect frame of mind. Some of the schemes include a Caribbean Sea and the northern lights. The Avea doesn’t have any manual settings.
These two gadgets are reasonably priced as well. The Misfit Bolt sells for $50 and the Elgato Avea goes for $40. These are two simple smart light bulbs. If you want to mess around with custom color settings, the Bolt is the right choice for you, since the Avea doesn’t have a way for you to create your own color profiles. However, the Bluetooth connection to the Avea is better than the Bolt. These are strictly color-changing bulbs, there are no built-in speakers.
The Philips Hue Color provides a much more immersive experience with their light bulbs. If that’s more your taste, you can see that review here. Looking for a bulb with built-in speakers? You can end your search right here!