The Philips Hue Festavia is back. According to Philips Hue, the string lights, which was successfully launched last year, will now no longer only hang on the Christmas tree in the living room, but thanks to its outdoor suitability, it can now also be used all year round. The string lights can now be pre-ordered at philips-hue.com
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.
Last year it was announced at the last minute and was sold out after a short time. We are talking about the Philips Hue Festavia, string lights for the Christmas tree. During the IFA, Philips Hue announced the return of the gadget as well as completely new possibilities. After there was only one model of the Philips Hue Festavia with 250 LEDs distributed over a length of 20 metres in 2022, you will have more choice in 2023.
Next week Philips Hue will introduce new products. The opportunity will also be taken to announce the return of the popular Festavia string lights, which will be available in stores as early as mid-September. But not only that: we also already know that, in addition to the familiar 20-metre-long string of lights, there will also be a model twice as long with 500 LEDs.
Last year, Philips Hue launched its first Festavia string lights at the last minute, with sales at the time limited to the company's own online shop. This year, they have a little more time for preparations – and it will be exciting in more ways than one. We already clarified a few weeks ago that there will be three versions.
Just yesterday I was able to tell you that Philips Hue will launch its own smart home camera. This was leaked by Eric Rondolat, the CEO of the manufacturer Signify, during the announcement of the quarterly figures. However, as I know by now, Philips Hue's new security system will not consist of just one camera.
Last November, Philips Hue surprised us at the last minute with the Festavia string lights. Just before Christmas, the small colourful LEDs for the Christmas tree went on sale – and were completely sold out within a few days. This status has not changed so far. However, there is a surprising announcement from Switzerland: There, the Festavia is currently available again in the official online shop of Philips Hue and is even sold with a discount of 10 percent for the first time.
A glance at the calendar reveals that the time until Christmas is now shorter than the time since Christmas. In less than half a year, we'll be putting up Christmas trees in our living rooms again. And of course, the right lighting can't be missing. Last November, Philips Hue launched its smart Festavia string lights at the very last minute.
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.
Only a few days after the major update to version 4.14, developer Stefan Göhler delivers the next update for his app iConnectHue. Version 4.15 is released shortly before Christmas, and not without reason: It contains animations for the new Philips Hue Festavia. The string light is probably already hanging on the Christmas tree of one or the other of you.