Smart lighting for Christmas trees


Lightify light chain and smartphone app

The lighting manufacturer Osram is for the first time offering ”smart“ lighting for Christmas trees this year. The Lightify light chain enables the festive trees to radiate in around 16 million different colours, controlled by a smartphone app. Thanks to modern LED technology, Christmas budgets are also better – the German Energy Agency calculates that upgrading a single Christmas tree from standard incandescent lamps to light emitting diodes during the Christmas season saves more than 30 euros in electricity costs.

The controllable light chains are a component in the Lightify lighting system that enables users to exploit the wide-ranging options provided by light. Once installed, brightness and colour tones can be modified with the smartphone app to achieve a discreet Christmas atmosphere or else attractive, festive gold tones. After Christmas, the chains can then be used in the garden, either for winter barbecues or in the form of ”Garden Spots“ during summer evenings to bathe paths and flower beds in coloured light.

The controllable light chains have been made possible with LED technology, enabling not only almost unlimited colour variations but also significant savings in power costs – one LED light chain consumes up to 97% less power than its incandescent lamp equivalent. The German Energy Agency (dena) has calculated that more than 30 euros in electricity costs are saved by upgrading just a single tree.

The Lightify “Gardenspot Mini“ light chain can be sourced online and from many dealers.


OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, electronic control gear and opto semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) – as well as luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has around 34,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of more than €5.1 billion in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30). The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. The company was listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich on July 8, 2013 (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; Trading symbol: OSR).
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