In addition to a smart lamp, the Brazilian Elsys has on the market a new intelligent luminaire that works over Wi-Fi, has 16 million RGB colors and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Launched in April this year for R$ 359, the luminaire bets on a minimalist look, has temperature control buttons, but it can also be controlled from a distance thanks to the brand’s official application.
Is it worth it? Are the colors intense? And how does the integration with virtual assistants work? I’ve tested the new Elsys gadget over the past few weeks and share all the details in this review.
Video Review of Elsys Smart Luminaire
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Before talking about design, it is worth mentioning: the Elsys intelligent luminaire is called Elsys intelligent luminaire, because, curiously, the company does not usually give a personalized name to some of its products. Speaking now about the look, the equipment is all plastic, has a cylinder shape that is very nice and can be interesting in several places: on the desk, on the dresser or on a bedside table.
At the top there are some buttons for you to adjust the lighting: the first (central) is for turning the lamp on and off; around it is a rotating panel that lets you change colors; Elsys has also added a unique button to activate cool and warm whites, an RGB to activate color options and, finally, there is a timer button.
A curious detail is that the product does not have that traditional round power plug, but USB type C at the bottom. A power supply and USB-C cable with USB-A are available in the box.
The luminous flux of the Elsys smart luminaire is not as intense as that of a smart lamp. It has only 400 lumens, which might be enough to light up very small spaces in your home or office. White levels range from 2,000 to 4,000 K, meaning in addition to color, you have access to cool and warm tones for comfort and focus. The model has 5 watts of power, is LED and has a lifespan of 30,000 hours, which is quite a deal.
As I mentioned earlier, the cool options don’t promise to fill a large area, but I believe they can work well with a nightstand while you’re reading a book, for example. On my worktable, which is 135 cm wide and 60 cm deep, the cool white illuminated only half the space and the warm white, which is less comprehensive, at least managed to make the room more cozy.
As for color, the application gives you the possibility to switch between green, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and cyan. However, I took little advantage of the coloring in a small room, because the intensity is so low. The gagdet only managed to illuminate a small part of the wall.
Application and Connectivity
In addition to controlling manually, which can speed up lighting on some occasions, the user also has the possibility to control the equipment through the Elsys Casa+ application. There, I managed to adjust the intensity of whites, color and take advantage of the predefined modes, which are “Night”, “Read”, Work”, “Leisure”, “Smooth”, “Color”, “Dazzling” and there is one called “Beautiful”, which slowly alternates between red, green, blue, yellow, cyan and purple. The most interesting thing is that you can adjust it however you like, changing the order of color, lighting mode and speed.
Because it’s a smart product, I can even set a time for it to turn on and off, or create a timer. The smart home gadget from Elsys has a module by the Chinese Tuya and communication between the app and the lamp is done via Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz. My experience with Elsys Casa+ was good, but I just thought that the equipment delay to recognize the commands executed in the app.
Voice control is done by Alexa or Google Assistant. During testing, I was able to control the device via an Android smartphone on the Google Home app and Amazon Echo 4th generation. With this possibility of integration with virtual assistants, then the user can simply uninstall the Elsys application and control everything by voice.
Elsys smart luminaire: is it worth it?
The Elsys intelligent luminaire is an interesting product for those who already invest in other smart home equipment. But it’s good to keep in mind that the Brazilian brand’s gadget is limited, so you can’t expect a similar result to a light bulb that obviously manages to be stronger. Cool tones are good for smaller spaces and can come in handy while reading a book, for example, but the color options won’t deliver such a complete experience.
This Elsys luminaire is practically synonymous with a bedside lamp, but with 16 million colors, with a dedicated application and ready to work with Alexa and Google Assistant. And as I said throughout this review, this is a good product for your nightstand, but also just for your nightstand. If your desk is big, it’s not worth paying R$ 359 for this device and the best thing is to buy a lamp ideal for work with a little more intensity.
- Model: Elsys EPGG20 intelligent luminaire;
- Power: 5W;
- Color temperature: 2,000 – 4,000K (16 million colors);
- Flux/Light Intensity: 400 lumens;
- Lifespan: 30,000 hours;
- Wireless protocol: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi;
- Dimensions: 110 x 110 x 210 mm;
- Weight: 690 g.