Last week, a reader brought the Dutch manufacturer EcoDim to my attention. Located just over the German border, EcoDim unfortunately does not yet offer its products in Germany, but our friends from Holland were kind enough to provide me with a set of their filament lamps with ZigBee.
The lamps with E27 bases all have White Ambiance technology, the colour temperature can be adjusted from 1,800 to 5,000 Kelvin. This is solved in a similar way to Philips Hue with two LED threads arranged directly next to each other in a spiral.
Smokey glass gives the filament luminaires a great look
This looks chic and underlines the fact that EcoDim pays a lot of attention to the look. A highlight here is certainly the coating of the glass body. The manufacturer refers to this as “smokey”. This can be described as a dark touch that lies on the glass and almost creates a mirror effect. I like this quite a lot, it's definitely something different from the tones that usually tend towards gold.
But there is a second highlight. In direct comparison with Philips Hue bulbs, all three EcoDim models do without a large plastic base. If you screw the bulbs into an E27 socket, all you see is glass.
However, I have also been able to identify two points that you should definitely keep in mind. First of all, the maximum brightness of 300 lumens is much lower than the 550 lumens of Philips Hue. A difference is definitely noticeable here. However, if you want to use the Filament as an eye-catcher and mood light, this is not a problem. It is a bit of a shame that when dimming low in the mixed white tone range, one of the two LED filaments switches off at around 5 percent. Whether this is actually a problem depends on the usage behaviour. Pairing with the Hue Bridge was no problem at all, by the way, you only have to do without direct HomeKit support.
And so the three lamps, you can choose between a Standard A60, an Edison ST64 and a Giant Globe G125, are a real recommendation from my point of view – if you don't necessarily want to use them for direct lighting, but as ambient lighting. Visually, they are the most beautiful I have come across in the last few months. You can find a small overview on the manufacturer's website. I hope that the lamps will soon be available outside the Netherlands.