After its brilliant appearance last year, the Philips Hue Festavia disappeared from the scene in the past nine months. Now the string lights are back in time for Christmas and bring along some new features, which I would like to present to you today in a short article.
The biggest innovation apart from the increased prices: The Philips Hue Festavia is no longer only available with 250 LEDs distributed over 20 metres, but also with 500 LEDs over 40 metres and 100 LEDs over 8 metres. You can already order all variants at the Hue online shop, the delivery is supposed to start in one week.
Some questions have reached me about the new 40-metre Philips Hue Festavia. Unlike its smaller siblings, this version of the string light is divided into two strings. The node is located exactly in the middle of the string light. So on the Christmas tree, you start a little below the centre and from there lay one string upwards and the other string downwards. The result is a matching colour gradient from bottom to top.
Philips Hue Festavia is now waterproof and gets a new power supply unit
Officially, the first generation Hue Festavia was not allowed to be used outdoors, even though everything pointed to it. According to Philips Hue, they have made changes to the enclosure of the new generation in order to be able to guarantee weather resistance. However, I could not see any differences even when I looked closely. But anyway: Now you can officially use the string light in the garden.
What is new in any case is the 30 watt power supply unit, which replaces the previously known 40 watt block. Is this an advantage or a disadvantage? That is probably something you can discuss. The fact is: Thanks to the universal adapter, you can easily connect the Festavia to your outdoor system or use an existing, classic 40 or 100 watt outdoor power supply.
The cable length from the new power supply unit to the controller is about two metres, but an extension cable can be used here without any problems. From the controller it is another 2.4 metres to the first LED. In the 40-metre string light, the string is split about ten centimetres before the first LED.
Another change: the box of the Hue Festavia has a much more compact design. In the first generation, Philips Hue still advertised that the string light could be rolled up and stowed away very easily. This is exactly what they have dropped in the second generation. With the prices that have been called up in the meantime, it would probably be too bad to put the Festavia back in the box and not use it for eleven months.
Philips Hue Festavia String Lights
from $219.99 / €119.99 / £109.99
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