Everything is “smart” these days – even Christmas tree lights.
Philips Hue launched the Festavia string of lights last month, and it has a very special trick up its sleeve.
You can sync it with your Spotify music and the lights will flash to the beat of the melody.
But they are not cheap.
And there’s also a small problem with them – albeit a temporary one.
Read our full verdict below.
Philips Hue Festavia fairy lights
The Philips Hue Festavia fairy lights are equipped with 250 smart mini LEDs on a 20 meter cable, so you can walk over a Christmas tree.
Of course they can be used for any decorative purpose, not just as a tree and not just for Christmas.
It is important to note that they are for indoor use only.
You’ll also need the Philips Hue Bridge device, which plugs into your broadband router and allows you to remotely control Festavia and any other smart Hue lights you may have – this will need to be brought separately.
Setting up the Philips Hue Festavia fairy lights is very easy.
Just plug them in and download the Hue app on iOS or Android to get everything connected – it took me less than five minutes.
The Philips Hue Festavia fairy lights are not like regular Christmas tree lights.
You’re no longer limited to specific colors, nor are you required to have different colored light sets.
With one set you have full control over different settings.
First off, you can set a beautiful gradient of any color by toggling the start, middle, and end parts of the lights on a color grid in the app.
They change instantly so you can see right away if it’s working or not.
There’s a candle, fireplace and glitter effect that look stunning with the lights twinkling softly.
However, I wish you could set these effects to any color instead of the usual white/yellow.
There are third-party apps you can download to control Hue lights that might be able to do this, but I haven’t tried any – and most of them are paid.
Lighting can be dimmed and set to automatic schedules.
But the real star in all of this is the sync feature.
Syncing Spotify to Philips Hue
The ability to sync Christmas music – or any music – to Philips Hue is what really makes Festavia special.
You need to give Spotify and Hue permission to work together, which is easy enough with the guided instructions.
Whether it’s a fast hit like Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas or Bing Crosby’s gentle White Christmas, the lights will flash elegantly to the beat of the music.
Watching the lights twinkle to the beat is so magical and really adds something extra special to the usual Christmas lights.
There’s a decent amount of customization options, although for the most part I really like the automatic ones.
You can set a color type based on themes and adjust the brightness.
Intensity is set to automatic by default, but there are four levels to choose from – I like to go all out with the most intense option and throw a really eye-catching Christmas party.
There are two style options – classic and vibrant – but I can’t really tell the difference between them.
So what’s the problem?
There’s one small hiccup to mention – the Philips Hue Festavia string lights are currently sold out.
They’re only available to buy from the Philips Hue website and won’t be available again until 2023, apparently, so you won’t be able to snag Festavia this Christmas.
At £139.99 they’re not cheap, but these lights are worth considering if you want some really fancy decorations – and not just for Christmas – when they eventually return.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.
Always do your own research before making a purchase.
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