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Tech the Halls with High Tech Holiday Decor

Friday, December 7, 2018

The holidays are a time for family, friends and good cheer, but with it can come many frustrations. From unloading that decorations box that’s been in the attic collecting dust since last year, to detangling enough lights to light up the whole city, the holidays can be a bit of a hassle. So, what do you do?

Celebrate the holidays the “smart” way! Check out our top picks for the season’s hottest smart home technology to help elevate your decorations to the next level. The best part? All you need is a reliable, powerful high-speed Internet connection to get the job done.

Let There Be Light

With smart lights, you can bring vibrant colors into your holiday display and control them from anywhere on your phone or smart device. The Philips Hue Smart Light Starter Kit set gives you the ability to control the flashing pattern, timers and brightness all from the Philips Hue app.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Get the help of app-connected outlets like the iHome ISP6X Wi-FI smart plug. It’s simple, you plug into your home's regular outlets to control your decorations, download the app and all of the fun is at your fingertips. It also works for outdoor lights, so you don't need to freeze when you turn them off late at night.

Do You Hear What I Hear

The holidays just aren’t complete without the ultimate playlist. The Amazon Echo smart speaker works with hundreds of smart home gadgets. You can also ask Alexa, its built-in voice assistant to automatically turn on or off your decorations, play music or ask for Santa's location. It'll also allow you to buy presents, or set alarms so you aren’t late for the office holiday party, all at the sound of your voice.

Here Comes Santa Claus

Who wants to climb on a ladder to put lights on the house? The Orchestra of Lights Wi-Fi hub is where the magic happens. Control and create the ultimate holiday light show without the ladder. When people pass your place, they are sure to think Santa is right around the corner. The hub syncs with other Orchestra of Lights products to create the ultimate holiday light show.  You can even enjoy music detection with six built-in holiday songs or your own music with Bluetooth technology. Download the free app to control dozens of color and lighting effects straight from your smartphone.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

To capture Santa delivering gifts, cameras like Nest Cam or Blink can be placed throughout your home or apartment. You can also use outdoor smart cameras to keep an eye on all of your decorations, or to check on the packages you ordered just in time for the holiday.

Before you hit the store to get your smart home decorations there is one vital step you need to take. Check your Internet connection. While smart devices are great and can change the way we live, they won’t work without the proper Internet speeds. Internet speeds can make or break smart home technology. With the right speeds, the possibilities are endless.

Want to see if your home is ready to tackle the holidays the smart way? Stop by a Windstream retail location today to speak with a representative, or visit Windstream.com/internet. You can also enter our Smart Home for the Holidays Giveaway right now and win other smart devices like these just in time for the holidays.