Installation & Configuration of the Elgato Avea Flare
To control the Elgato Avea Flare, you’ll need an iOS or Android device with Bluetooth connectivity to your Flare. The first step is to plug-in your charger base to the wall outlet and sit your Flare on the charging base. I found my Flare to be fully charged out of the box, which is very nice. You’ll need to push the Power button under the Flare to turn it on initially.
Once enabled, be sure to turn on your Bluetooth within your mobile device and then search the App Store for the Elgato Avea application. Unfortunately, I found no QR-Code on the box or in the provided welcome guide that would have made it easy to install the app on my mobile device. Perhaps, even a small printed card with a QR-Code could be added to their product in the future which would make it that much easier to get the Avea Flare going!
After I found the application within the App Store, I installed and launched it like shown below.
Once you run the Avea app for the first time, it will search for Avea lights. Again, be sure to have your Flare turned on before this prompt. You may also need to switch the Flare off and then on again for it to be detected.
Once found, it will do a bit of configuration work behind the scenes which takes just a few seconds.
You have the option of naming your newly found lamp.
Once the lamp has been named, you are ready to begin utilizing the application. On the main screen of the application you can select from several different moods and color options. The Flare will gradually change the colors of the lamp based on the mood selected. You can tap a mood to get more details and have control over the brightness setting for that mood or if you prefer, you can slide one of the moods to the right of the screen to have the lamp perform that action.
Under the menu of the app, you can see all of your connected lamps along with the battery status. The lightning bolt indicates, its being charged.
Clicking on a lamp will give you more details like the ability to name your lamp and also the serial number along with firmware version. Any firmware updates, will be downloaded and installed via this application to your lamp.
Here’s a quick video demonstration of the application.
Overall, the app worked well but it seemed lacking in a few features. For one, the song options for the wake-up light has only one built-in noise or song. It would be nice to have multiple options or at least the ability to import more. You can however, select a song from your mobile device which is good. The wake-up function needs more flexibility such as the ability to select which days for it to work, weekend vs weekdays, and also the ability for it to retain the settings so you do not need to re-schedule it every night. I would also like the ability to set an “off timer” where the device turns off after a period of time or even better, how about adding a presence sensor so that it knows when nobody is around and turns off after a period of time?
Read on to the next page and we’ll wrap up the review!