Twinkly Smart Lights

For centuries, red and green have been the traditional colours of Christmas. Smart lights make it easy to combine those colour combinations during the holidays. A Christmas tree and smart lights are all you need to get people in a festive mood. With a little creativity transform any room into a winter wonderland. Impress friends and family by customizing light colours on the fly with your voice. If you want to be the talk of the neighbourhood, let’s look at how you can brighten the holidays with smart lights.

Outdoor smart lights

Outdoor smart lighting 

The shorter winter days are a great opportunity to decorate the outside of your home. Smart outdoor lighting provides a quick and inexpensive method to install the next generation of Christmas lights. It’s perfect for people who want to take Christmas lighting to the next level. String lighting is the latest lighting solution to get smart features. They feature tiny RGB LED lights connected together on a string. They connect to a WiFi controller and with a companion app, users can operate the light from a smartphone. Smart string lights are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Nothing will impress your neighbour more than you turning all the lights on with your voice. 

Smart outdoor lighting has many advantages over traditional Christmas lights. First, they offer effects and animations. Using an app, users can program certain effects. Have the lights fade into different colours or create blinking wave animations across the lights. Second, many offer computer vision algorithms. Using your smartphone camera, companion apps create a mapping tool that locates the position of each light. This is a quick and easy way to create professional effects and animations for your Christmas decorations. Third, these same lights can be used indoors. This flexibility allows families to get the most out of outdoor smart lights. Use them inside to add more decorations during holiday parties. 

Smart Light panels

Adding light panels for indoor decorations

New smart light panels add incredible holiday colours to any space. This could be beside the living room Christmas tree or beside the dining room table. These panels come in different shapes and sizes and physically connect together. Users can set them up in any type of arrangement on the wall using the provided mounting tape. From there, the lights connect to a companion app to customize the lighting. 

Smart light panels are perfect for entertaining guests during holiday parties. First, users can set schedules and create scenes for parties and gatherings. Choose red and green scenes to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Second, many smart light panels feature screen mirroring. It reflects the colours from a TV screen onto the panels. This is perfect for family Christmas movie nights. The TV colours reflect on the wall panels for an immersive holiday experience. Third, they feature a Rhythm feature. The light panels react to music and match the rhythm of the music, This is great for parties and holiday gatherings. With a little rum and eggnog, everyone will be dancing to the beat— and to the lights.

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Smart LED Strip Lights for ambient holiday lighting

The secret to holiday lighting is adding background colour with smart LED strip lights. These are long narrow strips with RGB LED lighting on one side, and double-sided tape on the other. LED strip lights are easy to install around the home during the holidays. Stick it to the back of your TV to radiate holiday colours off the back wall. Place it above the cabinets to bring red and green colours into the kitchen. Apply it under the couches to reflect lights off the floor or carpet. With smart LED strip lights, ambient holiday lighting transforms any space into a festive oasis. Best of all, they can be grouped together with other lights and controlled by voice. Use smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to control the lights. The kids will love it. 

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Smart Bulbs bring holiday colours to any space 

The simplest way to brighten the holidays is with smart bulbs. First, they work with existing home light sockets. Simply replace old light bulbs with smart bulbs. It’s like changing a light bulb—because it is. Second, they are relatively inexpensive. It is easy and affordable to buy a single bulb or a pack of bulbs. Why change just one bulb in the home when you can replace all of them with smart bulbs. Not only do you save money, but you also have limitless lighting options year-round. Third, they are easy to operate. Using an app, you can group lights together, set schedules, adjust brightness levels, and choose a specific colour pallet. 

During the holidays, set half the lights red, and the other half green. Instantly your home will look like Santa’s workshop. Unlike Christmas trees, you don’t have to remove the bulbs after the holidays are over. Simply change the colours back to white and they act like normal lights again. That’s the beauty of smart lighting, With your voice or a couple smartphone taps, change the colour and brightness levels. If you don’t like setting up Christmas decorations, this is a quick and easy way to bring holiday vibes to your space.    

Decorate the holidays with smart lighting

Smart lighting shines during the holidays—pun intended. It’s a quick and easy way to bring holiday colours to any space—indoors or outdoors. Plus everything can be controlled on a phone or with voice assistants. RGB string lights used as outdoor Christmas lights bring mesmerizing colours and effects to any home. If you want to one-up your neighbour like Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation—this is your secret weapon. Smart light panels can turn ordinary walls into holiday works of art. It’s a perfect way to decorate a space with holiday colours. Finally, smart LED strip lights and smart bulbs make it easy to add ambient Christmas lighting for parties and gatherings.   

Check out this smart lights buying guide for more ideas about smart lighting solutions at Best Buy. 

Andy Baryer aka “Handy Andy” is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY/how-to content creator. Known as the handyman of tech, Andy enjoys fixing poor wireless networks, building smart homes, and cooking with the latest kitchen gadgets. He’s a competitive whistler, a budding woodworker, and loves gardening in his home-built smart garden.


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