If you decorate your home for the holidays, you can make things a little more futuristic and a lot more interesting by adding some HomeKit accessories to the mix. That way, you can ask Siri to turn on your tree, power down your inflatable reindeer, and set the yard lights to red and green on-demand. You can even automate your holiday lights to turn on at sunset and shut off at sunrise. Going smart with HomeKit is easy—just use some of these plugs and lights we gathered to start to holiday season off right.
Belkin's Wemo Mini features a slim profile that won't block the other receptacle in your outlet, allowing two of them to fit at the same time. The Mini is UL safety certified, and it also includes a three-year warranty, which will keep your tree glowing safely for years to come.
For the outdoors
The Meross Outdoor Smart Plug brings the convenience of HomeKit to all your outside decorations. Controlling your outdoor display is just a tap or shout away, and you can even schedule when it turns on and off through automation, ensuring that they are not on all night.
In addition to powering your holiday decor, Eve's Energy smart plug lets you track energy consumption. Through the Eve app, you can review your usage via charts, view history on a timeline, and even see a calculation of how much money your lights cost to keep up and running.
Turn it on
If you've got Philips Hue lights in your home, consider picking up a few extra bulbs this season. They're bright, colorful, and they're just doggone neat! You can set up a red and green theme when you watch your favorite holiday movies and blue and white when you want to bring a little winter into your home.
Light the path
Candy cane pathway lights are a staple in outdoor displays, but why bother putting them out every season? The Hue Calla Pathway Light supports vivid colors as well as clean whites, keeping your sidewalk or driveway lit 24/7, 365 days a year with up to 650 lumens of brightness.
The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip can make for a dazzling holiday display outside your home. This light strip is seven feet of multicolor LEDs in a bendable and weather-resistant strip. You can wrap it around columns, string it along your paths, fasten it to your roofline, etc. It's pretty nifty!
Motion sensors are the perfect way to keep your energy costs down while still bringing joy to everyone with your holiday display. The wireless Eve Motion Sensor sports an IPX3 weather-resistance rating, and it runs for months on a pair of AA batteries so you can leave it outdoors all season long.
Press to delight
Eve's smart button works with all of your HomeKit accessories, instantly bringing them to life with a simple press. The Eve Button supports three actions, a single press, double, and a long press, all assignable through the Home app. Combining the button with scenes opens the doors to endless possibilities.
Celebrate in style
The latest Shapes Triangles from Nanoleaf are a unique way to celebrate the holidays with a modular mounting system and millions of colors. The Triangle light panels are well-suited for a tree design and snowflakes, and since they work with other Nanoleaf Shapes like Hexagons, you can create some genuinely spectacular scenes.
Taking your holiday lighting to the next level with HomeKit can be as easy as screwing in a light bulb or plugging in an outlet. With HomeKit, you can summon the light show with Siri anytime, anywhere, and you can also automate your holiday lights to turn on and off automatically at dawn and dusk.
We love the Wemo Mini for its compact design, which not only looks cleaner than other plugs, but two of them fit in one outlet, maximizing your space. There are also plugs available for the outdoors, including the Meross Outdoor Smart Plug which is an excellent weather-resistant option capable of powering your massive decorations.
Now that you have your gear picked out, it's time to get them set up with HomeKit. Check out our handy guides, how to create automations in the Home app, and how to create scenes in the Home app, to take your holiday display to the next level.
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