Sparkling, Smart Holiday Lights Gain HomeKit Support with New Firmware Update

Cupertino, November 20, 2021

Twinkly is starting to launch a new update that brings the long-awaited HomeKit support for some smart holiday light models. First discovered by u / Mattyd1986 on Reddit - and confirmed by a support document and our own tests, HomeKit support comes with firmware version 2.8.3, which is now available through the Twinkly iOS app.

Twinkly remote control using the Home application. Home is an iOS app available in the iPhone and iPad AppStore. Connecting lights to Home via HomeKit allows you to manage Twinkly using your iPhone / iPad or via Apple TV and Apple Home Pod.

According to Twinkly, HomeKit support is available for Gen II and Plus models, including classic lights, curtains, groups and turtles in sets that include varying amounts of LEDs. After upgrading to the latest firmware, a new HomeKit option will appear in the device menu for Twinkly compatible models and it only takes a few taps to get everything up and running.

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Once added to the HomeKit, Twinkly lights work just like other smart lights in the Home app, with color controls, automation, and scene capabilities available. Users can also control Twinkly hands-free lights with Siri voice commands, and in our short tests, color changes and power switching all have almost instantaneous effects.

If a dynamic scene or custom colors are in use, switching the Twinkly lights on via Siri or the Home app will restore the previous state. However, the Twinkly app will still have to switch between built-in effects, as they don't seem to be available through the Home app at this time.

Twinkly lights are available through various retailers, such as Amazon and Best Buy, with prices starting at $ 70 for a string set of 100 LEDs. Firmware version 2.8.3 with HomeKit support is now released for free through the Twinkly iOS application.

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