'Tis The Season For High-Tech Holiday Lights


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You’ve spent lots of time this working to make your home “smarter.” You had a smart thermostat installed and you can control your lights from your smartphone, so now it’s time to hop aboard the high-tech holiday light train. If you’re as into the holiday spirit as we are, you’ll be thrilled to know that lots of holiday lights and decorations have Bluetooth connectivity so you can control them from your phone, too.

How Does It Work?

The basics are pretty much the same as the lights you’ve been hanging up for years. You connect one strand to another in the pattern of your choice and safely affix them to the outside of your house. The only difference is, there’s a Bluetooth control box at one end. This box acts as the command center where it receives requests from your phone to change the color of the lights or the pattern in which the lights flash.

You must also download an app on your phone that corresponds with the control box. From there, you’re able to connect multiple strands of lights, decorations and the like and have complete control at your fingertips.

The Benefits

Sure, high-tech holiday lights are a bit more expensive than traditional lighting options but there’s lots of benefits that can potentially outweigh the upfront costs. You can turn the lights on or off from virtually anywhere in the world - which can help you save on energy bills. Most Bluetooth holiday lights come with LED bulbs which use less energy than traditional bulbs right off the bat and having the ability to change colors on demand provides you with the opportunity to leave them up or other holidays like Halloween, the 4th of July and Valentine’s Day.

Have questions about your holiday lights? Don’t hesitate to give the friendly electricians at GEN3 Electric a call! 215-512-4102.

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.