Twinkly Strings 250 LEDs Multicolor assessment: Dazzling string lights

Good Christmas tree lights typically do little greater than allow you to flip them on and off with voice instructions, however Twinkly’s string lights take the smarts to a brand new stage. Filled with just a few dozen results plus the power to create your personal, Twinkly’s gentle strings can ship some really spectacular gentle reveals with the assistance of an app that maps the place of every particular person LED. Apart from the Twinkly cellular app, you may also management the Twinkly lights with Alexa and Google Assistant, albeit in a disappointingly restricted trend.

Twinkly’s LED Christmas lights have truly been round for just a few years, however my curiosity was piqued after I lastly noticed them in motion eventually 12 months’s CES, the place Ledworks, proprietor of the Twinkly lighting model, was exhibiting off its new Twinkly Music dongle. I examined each the Twinkly 250-LED string gentle and the brand new music accent for this assessment.

This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of the most effective good bulbs, the place you’ll discover opinions of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when looking for any such product.

Specs and design

Twinkly presents its string lights in sizes starting from 100 LEDs all the best way as much as 600 LEDs. The model additionally presents “Gold Version” dimmable white LED string lights, icicle and “cluster” fashion string lights, curtain LED lights, and even pre-lit synthetic Christmas bushes. Twinkly’s LED string lights are many issues, however low-cost isn’t certainly one of them; the 250-LED string I examined, for instance, prices $120 at Finest Purchase, whereas the 600-LED model fetches a cool $200.

The Twinkly string has a conventional design of braided dark-green wire, with the RGB LEDs (which may show as much as 16 million colours) interspersed slightly greater than three inches aside. The LEDs themselves really feel comparatively sturdy, and so they’re designed with a subtle flat lens for “uniform diffusion” of the emitted colours. An in-line controller close to the top of the string permits you to cycle by gentle modes by repeatedly urgent a button, and the string terminates in a chunky 24V energy adapter.

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The LEDs on Twinkly strings are designed with a subtle flat lens, and so they’re spaced about three inches aside.

The Twinkly lights are IP44-certified, which implies they’re protected in opposition to strong objects bigger than 1mm and water splashed from all instructions; in different phrases, they need to be nice outdoor, even in rain and snow. You may learn extra about IP codes on this story.


I didn’t have a lot bother getting the Twinkly string lights linked to my Wi-Fi community. Step one is to create a Twinkly account; if you want, you may check in with Fb or Apple (not Google, sadly), or you may create an account utilizing your e-mail handle. Subsequent, you press the button on the Twinkly controller till its embedded standing LED turns greenish blue, after which the Twinkly app will seek for your lights. As soon as it’s discovered them (the method labored for me on the primary time), the app helps you to select a close-by Wi-Fi community earlier than prompting you on your password.

After you’ve draped the Twinkly lights round your tree, the skin of your own home (you may group as much as 10 strings, or as much as 4,000 LEDs), or anyplace else you see match, it’s time to scan the lights with the Twinkly app. If in case you have the lights held on a superbly flat floor, you may select the 2D scanning choice, throughout which you merely level your digital camera’s cellphone on the lights and permit the app to scan all of the LEDs.

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With the Twinkly cellular app, you may map the place of every particular person LED in your Twinkly strings.

If the lights are draped over a tree, a bookcase, or (in my case) alongside the underside of the highest bunk of your daughter’s bunk mattress, you may go for 3D scanning, which includes letting the app scan the LEDs from a number of angles. The method solely takes about 10 seconds (or 10 seconds per scan, in case you select the 3D scanning choice), and the app managed to map the LEDs with a powerful diploma of accuracy.

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