This holiday season, there are a ton of cool gadgets to make your home smarter. The latest high-tech products on the market make it easier than ever before to put on a Griswald-worthy spectacle that really shines.
You may have already switched to LED bulbs in your home year-round, with higher efficiency in mind. Great idea! Now, invest in some LED holiday lights to maximize those benefits. Not only do LED bulbs consume considerably less electricity, they also enjoy a longer lifespan both in terms of burnout and breakage. You’ll pay a bit more to upgrade, but in the long run it’s worth it to be more energy-efficient and aggravation-free.
Bluetooth Outlet Timers
This time of year, there are tons of great ways to make the most of Bluetooth technology. Control the lighting both inside and outside the house to make it appear as if you’re home even when you’re out and about logging in those holiday travel hours. The Christmas tree, menorah or holiday lights can be hooked up to wi-fi smart plugs to click on and off at will. So when you’re stuck standing in line in the gift wrap department halfway across town, your dazzling window display can be controlled remotely to impress the neighbors when night falls. Make the bulbs blink, flash or change color from miles away with the simple tap of an app.
Laser Holiday Lights
If you’re ready to up the ante in the holiday decorating game, check out the amazing laser light show devices that are available and you’ll be the envy of the whole block. Some versions feature over 100 lighting effects and a dozen different color combinations. Make it snow every day of December with a flurry of festive, laser-produced flakes. Bonus: You can switch up the theme or color scheme to put on an impressive laser show for other holidays during the year.
A remote sensor that detects motion, vibrations and changes in orientation can be put to use in some interesting ways this holiday season. This smart technology can be hooked up to alert you when you’ve zipped out of the driveway to purchase a last-minute present and – doh! – forgotten to close the garage door. Or get creative, and maybe just a little bit naughty: “Booby trap” the carefully hung stockings or prettily wrapped holiday gifts with a sensor in order to detect any premature peeking. Now that’ll teach ‘em!
Once you’ve implemented some of these suggestions and are feeling high-tech to the hilt, ask Siri or Alexa (or heck, even Grandma if she happens to be sitting next to a radio) to crank up those holiday tunes so you can celebrate. Smartening up your home can give you something to really sing about!