How do I hang Festavia string lights?

String lights are the ultimate holiday decoration – and with smart Festavia string lights, the possibilities are endless. With 250 mini colour LEDs along a 20-metre cord, you can get a gradient of colour, sparkling effects or even a light show that reacts to your favourite holiday music.

Get the best effect with these tips on how to hang string lights for the holidays.

Around the tree

Festavia string lights look great anywhere, but they really make your Christmas tree shine. Depending on how big your Christmas tree is – and how much of a "wow" effect you want – you can choose to use one or two sets of Festavia string lights.

Regardless of whether you use one or two, always start wrapping the string lights from the bottom with the end that has the plug

Bright idea: turn your string lights on before you start putting them on the tree so you can see exactly what light effect you’ll get. Don’t forget to add them to the Hue app!

With one string

Perfect for trees up to 7 feet tall. Starting at the bottom, wrap the string light loosely around your tree. For 7-foot trees, your rows should generally be spaced around 6 inches apart at the bottom.

With two strings

Perfect for trees taller than 7 feet. If you have a taller tree or just want a brighter, bolder light effect, use two sets of Festavia string lights. This ensures that you get full coverage over the whole of the tree. Follow these steps to hang your string lights on your tree:

1. Hang the first set of Festavia string lights in your tree. Space them a little wider apart than you normally would.

2. Turn the first set of Festavia string lights to a gradient.

3. Get your second set of Festavia string lights. Turn that set to the same gradient before you start hanging it on the tree.

4. Follow the pattern of the string lights already on the tree, placing the second string in between the rows of your first string and aligning the gradient colours.

You might be tempted to hang them both at the same time, but this doesn’t let you see the exact light pattern. You’ll also end up tangling your string lights – everyone’s least favourite part of decorating a tree!

Bright idea: the electrical cord is long so that you can hang Festavia anywhere. But if your tree is close to your electrical socket, you may have a lot of cord left over. Use a zip tie or twist tie to gather the cord together and hide it behind the tree.

How to store your string lights

No more wrapping your lights around any old hanger or piece of cardboard to store them until next year. Festavia comes with its own storage container: the packaging! When it’s time to take down your holiday decorations, remove the insert from the main box, wrap the string around the reel and place the power supply unit in the middle. Place the reel back into the box and voila! – instant, safe, sustainable storage for your string lights.

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness