The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and holiday lights are often one of the first decorative items to go up each year. But this year you may want to think about upgrading to smart holiday lights.
Switching to smart holiday lights can keep you feeling festive while saving you time, because they’re a breeze to set up and control. What’s more, you’ll also save money because they’re energy efficient.
Here are three smart holiday light options you may want to consider, plus a few accessories that can convert existing holiday lights into smart lights.
Why Should You Switch to Smart Holiday Lights?
The most important reason to switch to smart holiday lights is that they’re energy-efficient and can help you minimize your energy bill.
Another plus when it comes to smart holiday lights is convenience. With most smart lights, you can switch from colorful holiday hues to regular lights with just a few taps on your smartphone. Alternatively, you can tell voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to switch colors, intensities, and patterns.
Smart Holiday Lights to Consider This Year
1. Use LED Strip Lights for Seamless Holiday Lighting
LED strip lights by SuperBrightLeds offer a wide variety of color themes and animations, plus several ways to control the lights, including via:
- The Smart Life mobile app on iOS and Android devices
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
- IFTTT (If This Then That, which is a free, web-based service allowing you to connect your apps to each other from various devices so they sync seamlessly.)
- A wireless remote which you can purchase with the strip lights
These smart holiday lights are probably the most flexible smart lights available. The flexibility of these lights doesn’t refer only to how you can control them, but their physical flexibility, too.
This is because these aren’t a traditional string of lights, but LED lights on a flexible strip. Therefore, you can bend and twist them as you need. And the back of the strip has an adhesive, making them easy to stick wherever you want to place your lights, indoors or out. Plus, you can trim the lights to the length you require so your illuminated creations always look perfect.
2. Use Twinkly Smart LED String Lights to Set the Mood With Various Animations
Smart multicolor LED string lights from Twinkly are good for both indoor and outdoor use. So, you can use this string of lights on your roof, trees, on your indoor decorations, or anywhere you’d use traditional string lights. Twinkly smart holiday lights also come with thousands of colors, theme choices, and animations that you can customize to set the holiday mood. You can even sync the lights to your favorite holiday music.
Setting your Twinkly smart holiday lights is easy, too. The lights connect to your mobile phone using Bluetooth and from there you can control the lights using the app or a voice assistant (Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant).
3. Use Smart LED Floodlights to Create a Colorful Glow With About 16 Million Colors
If you’d like to set the mood outside your house but don’t want to spend hours stringing up lights, opt for LED floodlights instead.
Novostella makes a range of smart LED floodlights to choose from in different wattages and sizes. The entire range of waterproof smart LED floodlights enables you to:
- Project 16 million colors
- Set scenes
- Sync to music
- Use voice control through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
- Customize settings
Accessories That Can Convert Regular Lights Into Smart Holiday Lights
If you have regular holiday lights that you don’t want to get rid of, there are accessories that can convert them into smart holiday lights. Here are a few to consider:
1. Control Lights From Your Smartphone With Smart Light Bulb Sockets
With a smart light bulb socket you can instantly turn an existing single light bulb into a smart light that you can control with a voice assistant or an app on your phone. So, any single color light you’re using as a holiday decoration turns into a single smart holiday light with this one little gadget.
Here’s how to install the smart light bulb socket:
- Screw the smart socket into your regular wall socket
- Screw your bulb into it
That’s it! Now you have a smart home light bulb that you can control through your smartphone.
2. iDevices Wall Outlet Means You Can Program Lights Using a Voice Assistant
This wall outlet by iDevices gives you an opportunity to conveniently control multiple decorations in one plug. The smart wall outlet works with an app (on iOS and Android devices) Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
With the smart wall outlet, you can control your indoor or outdoor lights from anywhere via your smartphone.
Ready to Switch to Smart Holiday Lights?
It’s almost impossible to imagine a holiday season without special lights that boost the holiday spirit. Smart holiday lights are fun, easy to install, and cost-efficient, with convenient features and automations that are sure to add a touch of magic to your holiday decorations.