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Retro LEDs in comparison: Philips Hue, Elesion & Hama

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Smart Edison bulbs with connection to Alexa and Google Assistant provide warm retro-style light at home. We have models from Elesion (Pearl), Hama and Philips verglichen.

Smart bulbs provide atmospheric lighting effects for at home (guide) or in the garden (comparison). Since autumn there have also been smart vintage LEDs in the range of many manufacturers. We tried products from Hama, Philips and Pearl.

What makes these LEDs so special is their look. They imitate the appearance of old filament or Edison bulbs and bring the retro illuminants back into the presence of voice assistants and LEDs. We explain more about the background in our buying advice: 5 vintage LEDs for the smart home.

Overview of LEDs:
Specs / models Philips Hue E27 Edison Elesion LAV-125.w Elesion LAV-150.t Elesion LAV-150.w Hama WiFi LED
watt

7 watts

5 watts

7 watts

7 watts

7 watts

lumen

600 lumens

400 lumens

800 lumens

800 lumens

800 lumens

Kelvin

2,000 Kelvin

2,200 Kelvin

6,500 Kelvin

2,700 Kelvin

2,700 Kelvin

color temperature

warm white

warm white

daylight white

warm white

warm white

useful life

25,000 hours

15,000 hours

15,000 hours

15,000 hours

15,000 hours

Infinitely dimmable

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

app

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

No

No

No

No

Connection to
Smart home

Amazon, Apple, Google, Hue Bridge

Amazon, Google, WiFi

Amazon, Google, WiFi

Amazon, Google, WiFi

Amazon, Google, WiFi

Philips Hue (review) has three models for the retro smart home on offer – the Hue White E27 Edison, E27 Classic and E27 Globe. All three models work with both Bluetooth and Zigbee and can be controlled via app or voice. Our test model, the Edison E27, is available for around 21 euros and is characterized by the classic form factor of an Edison bulb: a drop-like design of the lamp.