Christmas is over and by now almost all Christmas trees have disappeared from our living rooms. We also took everything down a week ago – and first of all, the Festavia light chain disappeared back into the box. My second Philips Hue Festavia is still hanging outside on the tree and has survived two months in the wild without any damage, although officially no outdoor use is intended.
The big question now, however, is: What do you do with the 159.99 euro chain of lights for the remaining 10 months of the year? Given the price, it's almost too bad to keep the 250 LEDs in the box for so long.
One idea is the Twinkly Mini Caps. These are small silicone caps that give the light chain a slightly different style and make it a little more suitable for everyday use. If you want to convert your fairy lights into decorative lights in this way, it's not cheap. 100 Twinkly Mini Caps cost just under 20 euros – and you need at least three packs for the 250 LEDs of the Festavia.
A small Festavia artwork with a simple wooden board
Another idea was implemented by Hueblog reader Jan. He punched holes in a wooden plate and arranged the individual LEDs to form a small artwork.
With a price tag of 160 euros, it seemed like a waste to just mothball the string of lights until next Christmas. But hanging it up somewhere like a normal light chain was too boring for me. Finally, I decided to create a little “work of art” with it and started to make holes in a wooden plate, through which I let the individual LEDs peep out to create a simple panda motif. I'm still fine-tuning it a bit, but I'd like to give you a few impressions.
Philips Hue Festavia String Lights
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