The year is almost over, and that means the holidays are upon us once again! If you haven't started the process of getting your yearly decorations up, then now is the perfect time to invest in the best smart holiday lights. Smart holiday lights bring app and voice control convenience along with scheduling, so you'll never forget to turn on your display. Whether you want something that compliments your HomeKit light bulbs, or if you want a way to add some smarts to your dumb lights, we've got you covered.
The Twinkly custom LED lights cover 65-feet in millions of festive colors that work with the Twinkly app on your smartphone. You can create custom patterns and designs, have the lights sync with your Christmas music, and more. Twinkly's set is one of the best sets of smart Christmas lights out there — however, it doesn't work with HomeKit.
Stick it up
The Onvis LED Strip Lights attach under bars, bed frames, cabinets, or wherever else you want them. The Onvis app lets you pick from over 16 million colors, or you can create custom scenes that include multiple colors throughout the strip. Everything works remotely, and it works with other HomeKit accessories through the Home app.
If you're already a Philips Hue user with the Hue Bridge, the outdoor version of the Hue 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.
Cold as ice
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 add a touch of magic to your home.
The Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug turns any old Christmas lights (or other electronics) 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.
Like the Wemo Smart Plug, this smart solution from meross makes your old outdoor lights instantly smart. This plug features three outlets that work independently, and it sports IP44 weather resistance, so you can leave it out all season long. Plus, it works with most voice assistants like HomeKit, Alexa, and Google.
Deck the halls with the best smart holiday lights
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The holidays are upon us, and it's time to get festive with the best smart holiday lights. Whether you want to expand your HomeKit home, want remote controls, or need something that converts regular lights to smart ones — these are the best smart holiday lights around. 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! If you are already in the Philips Hue ecosystem, you can't go wrong with adding the Hue Smart Outdoor Light Strip to the mix. Another great option that will fit anyone's budget is the Onvis LED Strip Lights because they provide multiple colors in an easy-to-install peel and stick design.
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