Yesterday I already briefly addressed the topic of Christmas lighting with the DIY project of Hueblog reader Marius, now I would like to intensify it once again. The question of the questions is: Why is there actually no Christmas lighting from Philips Hue?
I will certainly not be able to provide you with the answer to this question, because it is hidden in the heads of probably important managers in Eindhoven, where Signify is based. But I would have a few ideas on the subject.
First of all, we have to accept that we would probably not be able to get a chain of lights such as Twinkly, for example, with Philips Hue soon. For changing colours, animations and individually addressable LEDs, the ZigBee wireless standard is not really suitable as the basis of the Hue system.
This is what Philips Hue Christmas lighting could look like
But even if Twinkly is really impressive, for most of us it doesn’t have to be so much bling-bling. For the Christmas tree at home, I personally would also be happy with a string of lights in which all LEDs have the same colour. And this is exactly where a technology that Philips Hue has mastered wonderfully could come into play: White Ambiance.
Because – and this is also evident when you look at Germany’s gardens and living rooms – there is no real consensus. One sees fairy lights with cold white LEDs or warm white LEDs. And what could be more fitting than a chic string of lights where you can simply set the desired colour temperature yourself using the Hue app?
And Philips Hue has already laid the foundations for Christmas outdoor lighting with its low-voltage system: From a technical point of view, it would probably be easy to launch a light chain extension for outdoor use.
But this does not have to be the end of the line. The numerous fir trees and stars made of wood or metal – really chic and in most cases equipped with LED light strips anyway. Why not also here with an integrated ZigBee controller in the stand? I would certainly spend a few extra euros for this at the end of the day.