Best Smart Holiday Lights iMore 2021

Yes, the year is finally almost over and that means the holidays are upon us once again! You may be in the process of getting your yearly Christmas decorations up, or it may already be done. But what about the magical holiday lights that bring sparkle and joy to everyone? The lights are the best part about the holidays, and we've rounded up some of the best smart holiday lights that you can buy right now. Whether you just want something that connects to HomeKit, your iPhone, or a way to turn your dumb lights into smart ones, we've got you covered.

Twinkly 400 Color Rgb String Lights Render

Twinkle twinkle little star: Twinkly Smart Decorations Custom LED String Lights

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The Twinkly custom LED lights can be controlled directly from your smartphone. You can create custom patterns and designs, have the lights sync with your Christmas music, and more. This is one of the best set of smart Christmas lights out there.

Philips Hue Light Strip Plus

For the Philips Hue fan: Philips Hue LightStrips Plus

If you're already a Philips Hue user with the Hue Bridge, the LightStrip Plus can be attached under bars, bed frames, cabinets, or wherever else you want them. The Philips Hue app lets you change the color from over 16 million colors, or you can create custom light scenes. Everything can be remotely turned on or off, and it works with other Philips Hue lights.

Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip

Smart outdoor lights: Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Outdoor LightStrip

The Outdoor version of the LightStrip is completely weatherproof so that it can withstand even the wettest environments. And you can have them set to either white or color through the Philips Hue app, so the possibilities outside are infinite.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Turn dumb lights into smart ones: Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug

The Wemo Mini Smart Plug turns any old Christmas lights (or other electronics that plug in) into smart ones. This smart plug connects to Wi-Fi, allowing you to control your Christmas lights or other appliances through your phone with Google Assistant, Siri, or Amazon Alexa. You can even set schedules to turn them on or randomize the lights.

Elfeland LED Strip Lights

Affordable color: Elfeland Color Changing Rope Lights

This affordable option on Amazon gives you 300 LED lights strung out over 32-feet. They're multicolored and dimmable, and everything can be controlled directly through the free companion app, including music effects.

$18 at Amazon
Twinkly Light Curtain Render

Add some sparkle to the home: Twinkly Special Edition Light Curtain

If you want to add some Christmas lighting to your home, but already have lighting on your tree, then add some twinkly magic to your walls! The Twinkly Light Curtain can be set up anywhere, and you can control it right from your smartphone too. Choose your own lighting scenes and add some magic to the home.

$100 at Best Buy
Twinkly Icicle Lights Render

Cold as ice: Twinkly Special Edition Icicle Lights

You can't decorate for the holidays without some traditional icicle lights! The Twinkly Special Edition Icicle Lights work like the others, so you can easily connect and control them right from your smartphone. You can create custom scenes to amaze your holiday guests, and just add a touch of magic to your home.

Twinkly Cluster Led Lights Render

A magical cluster: Twinkly Multicolor LED Cluster Lights

The Twinkly Multicolor LED Cluster lights are like the regular string lights, except they have the LEDs in a cluster formation. You could use it to decorate your tree, but you can also use these cluster lights to decorate other things around the home, such as the vanity, fireplace, wreaths, and more.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and the best smart holiday lights

The holidays are upon us, and it's time to get festive with the best smart holiday lights.Whether you want to add to your HomeKit enabled home, just want something that you can control from your iPhone, or something that can convert regular lights to smart ones, these are just some of the best smart holiday lights that we've found. No matter which one you buy, these are sure to add a touch of holiday magic to your home.

One of our favorites is the Twinkly LED String Lights because you can truly get creative with this one. And if creativity isn't your strong suit, then use one of the preloaded designs from the app and get in the spirit! And if you are already invested in the Philips Hue ecosystem, you can't go wrong with adding some LightStrips to the mix. Another great option that will fit anyone's budget is the Elfeland Color Changing Rope Lights, because you're getting 300 LED lights and it doesn't cost too much!

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