Philips Hue Festavia String Lights Announced: How do they compare vs Twinkly Strings

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Yesterday, Philips Hue announced the new Festavia String Lights, which are a perfect addition to your Christmas and holiday decorations.

I have previously reviewed the Twinkly Strings Christmas tree lights and was impressed with them.

Twinkly is perhaps still the best option for people that want to set up complex Christmas and holiday lighting. This is because you can map the location of the bulbs and use complex animations.

I imagine most people, including myself, will be happy with the lighting effects of the Festavia lights, which include gradient lighting and animations such as sparkle, candle and fireplace effects. You will also be able to sync the lights with your music on Spotify.

The main advantage of the Philips Hue Festavia lights is that they integrate with your existing hue products and will presumably be Matter compatible at some point. This includes dim and brighten the lights, change colour, turn lights on and off, set timers and schedules and more, all within the Hue app.

Price and Availability

Philips Hue Festavia string lights are available November 15, 2022, (exclusively via £139.99

Full Press Release

Today, Philips Hue launches a new product that is much anticipated by users from all over the world: Philips Hue Festavia string lights. With the holiday season just around the corner, the Festavia string lights will light up users’ homes and create a cosy ambiance inside for the holidays and special occasions.

The Philips Hue Festavia string lights feature 250 mini smart LEDs along a 20-meter cord, offering plenty of flexibility to decorate your Christmas tree, staircase, or any area in your home. No more crawling under the Christmas tree to turn the lights on or off – with the Festavia string lights, you can dim and brighten the lights, change colour, turn lights on and off, set timers and schedules and more, all within the Hue app. What’s more, users can choose several colour points to create a gradient light effect along the string, bringing the colours to life. As with all Hue products, the Festavia string lights work in harmony with other Philips Hue lights in the space. They can also be synced with music using the Spotify and Samsung SmartThings integration, allowing the lights to flash, dim, and brighten along with your favorite song or playlist.

New features: the Sparkle effect and the Scattered style

Along with the Festavia string lights, new features are available in the Hue app. The new Sparkle effect makes each light on the string twinkle, creating an extra festive look. For a cosier setting users can of course choose the existing Candle or Fireplace effect. Adding to this, with Festavia comes a new style for users to select: Scattered. While the existing Linear style produces a seamless gradient of colour from one end of the string to the other, the Scattered style spreads up to five colours randomly along the string for a colourful, festive experience.

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