The Eve lineup of HomeKit-enabled products grew a bit bigger this month with the addition of the Eve Light Switch. It has the distinction of currently being the only in-wall, wired-in switch that is completely standalone and does not require a hub for HomeKit compatibility. All products in the Eve line use Bluetooth technology, connecting directly to iOS devices and/or the Apple TV (for relaying of commands from outside the home and running automations.) As with all HomeKit products, the Eve Light Switch will be able to participate in scenes, timed and triggered events (called “Rules” in the Eve app.)
The Eve Light Switch is designed to replace a single wired-in switch that is not part of a 3-way circuit and is a “single pole” individual switch. Electrically, it can handle up to 1800 W / 15 A general pupose loads or a 600 W incandescent lamp / 5A of lighting. It is currently a North American product, designed for 120V at 50/60 Hz electrical systems. While it does come with a special snap-on wall plate with the Eve logo, it is possible to use an existing wall plate, which would be helpful in multi-gang switch installs. The Eve Light Switch is a simple switch and does not provide any dimming control for lighting.
We’ll post a full review of this product once we can get it into our “testing lab”.
Check out our reviews of the Eve line of HomeKit-enabled products to better understand the Eve line-up.
Technical Requirements for Eve Requirements:
Eve requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9.3 or later. Automation requires a fourth-generation Apple TV with tvOS 10 or later.
Controlling HomeKit-enabled accessories away from home requires a third-generation Apple TV with Apple TV software 7.2.1 or later, or a fourth-generation Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 or later, and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9.3 or later. Note: iPad 2 is not supported.