Best Holiday Smart Home Solutions – Forbes
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to break out the smart home solutions to get your home ready for the holiday season with a little tinsel and tech. From an Alexa enabled Christmas tree and ways to track Santa’s arrival, to smart holiday lights that give your home the most amazing light display on the block, there really is no place like your smart home for the holidays. With that, here are some festive ways to use your smart home devices this holiday season.
1. Tech Tannenbaum
Gone are the days of plugging and unplugging your tree lights every single night, because there are plenty of smart home tree lighting options to try this year. Ditch the regular lights and upgrade to smart string lights that are powered by Alexa or an app on your phone. You’ll be able to create a schedule for the lights or simply tell Alexa to turn the lights on or off.
If you’re ready for a smart tree, you’re going to love how easy it is to set up. Just take it out of the box, hang a few decorations, and use your phone or Alexa to turn on a light show. Whatever holiday mood you are in, your smart lights, or smart tree, can reflect with twinkle lights, multicolor, white lights, or lights that sync up to music. Your tree can be unique and different for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
2. Christmas Carols in Every Room
Fill your halls and every room with the sweet sounds of holiday music by syncing all of your Amazon Alexa or Google Homes to play the same songs simultaneously. Just move the devices into the rooms that you want music played in, and let your favorite holiday tunes play on repeat throughout the night. If you need music in one room of your home, use a Bluetooth portable speaker that can easily be hidden to softly play Christmas music while your guests enjoy the festivities.
3. Here Comes Santa Claus
Since Santa can’t visit your home until everyone is sound asleep in their beds, kids can track Santa as he moves across the globe with the Norad Tracker on Amazon Alexa or Santa Tracker on Google Home. Each tracker lets kids hear and see exactly where Santa is and learn a few fun facts about the locations. Both are fun activities to help the whole family get excited, and to get little ones to bed before Santa reaches your town.
4. Holiday Light Show
If your outdoor lights are inspired by Clark Griswold or you’re taking a more minimal approach, there are plenty of smart home options to make your lights merry and bright. Smart plugs allow you to set timers for your outdoor lights and give you the control to turn on different light displays or inflatables at different times.
They also give you a lot more flexibility, creativity, and eliminate having to plug and unplug everything that needs powered up. Many smart plugs either connect to an app on your phone or to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home, so with a quick press of a button or a voice command, every night the light show is easy to power on or off.
5. Setting the Holiday Mood
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