Aumi Light

September 29, 2019

The Aumi Light is made by a small company in Toronto, Canada and available for about $50.

Original

Originally started from a kickstarter in 2015, this bluetooth light has nice industrial design. It has a bultin battery and can be turned on/off or adjusted with manual controls on the light. It has fold down prongs, so only works with US outlets or adapters. Recent backer comments suggest poor support, but that could just be Kickstarter anger. When I was researching lights before making the Twinkle, a friend had this one and it died before it got much use.

Pros

  • High industrial design

Cons

  • Bluetooth
  • Requires an app
  • US plug only

Mini

The team returned to kickstarter again in mid-2017 to fund a new version of the light. This one would be WiFi based. However, it was promised to start shipping in December 2017, and nothing has shipped yet. The backer comments suggest it may never come.

Pros

  • High industrial design
  • Small
  • USB Powered
  • WiFi

Cons

  • Delayed more than 2 years, still unavailable
  • Uses a Male USB plug, which is a little awkward to use
  • Uses an app

Summary

The use of Bluetooth is a non-starter for me. The range just isn’t good and the whole pairing process is always a pain, more so if you have multiple devices.

I’m always hesitant to buy hardware that requires an app or cloud component to control it because maintaining an app or cloud is an ongoing expense for the company after the initial sale. Eventually, it will be removed or turned off and the device will stop working.