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New $49 Elgato Eve Light Switch adds smart HomeKit features to your house's existing lighting, no bridge/hub required
Elgato is expanding its range of Bluetooth HomeKit devices with a new standalone smart light switch, available from today for $49.95. The Eve Light Switch replaces the wall switches you already have in your house, to make the lighting in the room accessible to HomeKit without changing bulbs or buying bridges and other accessories.The lights are then exposed to HomeKit via Siri or the iOS 10 Home app; simply use your voice to turn them and off. The lights are also controllable away from home if you have a third-generation or fourth-generation Apple TV to act as a hub for Remote Access.As well as offering the smart HomeKit features, the Eve Light Switch is also nice on the aesthetics front. The switch is a simple white rectangle featuring a, single, large capacitive touch button. If you don't want to use Siri all the time, you can simply tap the sensor to toggle the lights like always.The Eve switch is installed into your home just like any other electric wall switch; unlike other solutions on the market, the Switch does not require an additional bridge or hub accessory to be setup. Refer to the official instruction video for full details regarding installation. Eve has also integrated with Philips Hue bulbs, to expose brightness and color controls where appropriate.