lease under Philips Hue brandSignify’s new Festavia string lights will allow people to add an extra touch to their homes this upcoming holiday season.
Comprised of 250 smart LED lights along a 66-foot (20-meter) cord, these color-changing lights offer a great deal of flexibility and we don’t just mean decorating your home. You can control your Festavia lights through the Philips Hue app, saving you the trouble of having to crawl under a Christmas tree only to turn them off. The app also allows users to dim or brighten the lights, change their color, and even set the lighting schedule. And the linear pattern can be activated to add a smooth gradient effect to the LEDs, According to Signify (Opens in a new tab).
New modes and support
At launch, Festavia will arrive with two new lighting modes: Sparkle and Scattered. The former, as you can probably imagine, allows each LED to shine “for an extra festive look”. Scatter mode spreads five random colors along the string of lights. Candles and fireplace, two modes found in vintage products, return to create a radiant, glowing effect reminiscent of the analog light sources they are trying to imitate.
A company representative told us that Festavia is compatible with Bluetooth and Zigbee wireless networking standard So you can “work in harmony with other Hue lights in the space.” Although for Zigbee connection you will need to purchase a file Philip Hugh Bridge (Opens in a new tab)Smart lighting center that controls other brands’ appliances in your home. You can turn off the lights in the living room while keeping the Festavia string on, for example.
Speaking of benchmarks, the same representative also told us that Festavia works with several smart home platforms like Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, and most importantly, Matter. The latter is particularly noteworthy because it is the product of several technology companies that have come together to create the smart home standard. Article offers more Interoperability between smart home devices and better security.
Music lovers can sync the lights to their favorite songs either through SmartThings or Spotify. When connected, the LED lights flash and light up next to the music track.
These high-tech lamps are much more expensive than the usual Christmas lights. Festavia launches on November 15 in the US for $160 and across several European countries (including the UK, Spain and Germany) for €160.
While these lights are pretty cool, we can’t help but feel that they are a bit duller compared to something like Razer’s RGB Christmas lights.
Razer has teamed up with smart lighting brand A twinkling of an eye to incorporate Chroma RGB technology into the latter’s products. The result is a string of light that can display “a large variety of customizable sequences and designs”. The lights can mimic an American flag soaring in the wind, exploding fireworks, and falling snow. It’s also cheaper at $125 for 250 bulbs.
There are different types of smart lights in addition to one long string. You have bulbs, hex plates and rods. If you are interested in beautifying your home, check it out Check out the latest guide for smart lights.