If you are connecting to a device Bluetooth and you unexpectedly see ELK-BLEDOM in the list of devices, you might be wondering what it is. Luckily, it’s a mystery we can shed some light on.

ELK-BLEDOM is a Bluetooth LED light strip

If you see ELK-BLEDOM in the list of Bluetooth connections on any device (such as an iPhone, Android smartphone, PC, Mac, or others), there’s a good chance someone nearby has one. led light strip smart connected.

ELK-BLEDOM in the iPhone's Bluetooth list

These strip lights, which can be controlled via a smartphone app via Bluetooth, are commonly sold on Amazon.com and use a generic Bluetooth chipset listed as “ELK-BLEDOM” on device listings. Bluetooth.

For example, here is a manual for one of the light strips that tells homeowners to connect to ELK-BLEDOM to control the light with an app on a smartphone. It’s likely that dozens of LED strip light brands on Amazon use this same generic chipset, which probably available in China, where they are made.

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What if I don’t have an LED light strip?

The reason ELK-BLEDOM is a mystery is because people looking for Bluetooth devices see strings of lights nearby that belong to others, most likely their neighbors. In one example, we saw (and connected to) an LED light strip located in a different house over 70 feet away.

The “BLE” in the name probably refers to Bluetooth Low Energy which is a type of Bluetooth designed for low power devices. But ironically, these LED strip lights seem to have a stronger Bluetooth signal than many other devices because they can often be seen on Bluetooth lists from unusually great distances. The range of a typical Bluetooth device is generally around 30 feet.

It is not a hidden camera

We have seen online rumors of that ELK-BLEDOM could refer to a hidden camera or a Bluetooth-enabled security camera. After an intensive search, we have not found any manual or documentation that confirms this. Most likely, the camera rumor arose as a concern from people who watch ELK-BLEDOM and don’t have an LED light strip in their home (or don’t know their LED light strip has Bluetooth capabilities).

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An example of LED strip lights

Still, you can easily rule out the possibility of a camera by downloading an LED light controller app on your phone, like the duoCo Strip at iPhone either Android . When you run it, you’ll likely see “BLEDOM” or “ELK-BLEDOM” under the “Manage Group” tab on the side. If so, you know it’s a light strip. Also, you may even be able to connect to the light strip device if the signal is strong enough. Surprisingly, these LED strip lights don’t use any wireless security, so if you own one, anyone nearby with the app can control it.

Also, if you want to try to identify where the ELK-BLEDOM device is physically located, you can use an app like Wunderfind (at iPhone either Android ). To do this, run Wunderfind and walk around the area, and you’ll see the distance to ELK-BLEDOM change as you go.

Estimate the distance to ELK-BLEDOM using Wunderfind.

By doing this, you can pinpoint the address and how far away it is, and perhaps locate the device if it’s not in someone else’s house or apartment next door. Good luck and stay safe out there!

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