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The viral TikTok, created by user @mkeyTVDE, shows a person drawing on a virtual Christmas tree on their smartphone. The colors and patterns they create on the virtual tree then appear on their real Christmas tree in the background. To top it off, the clip is even set to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Talk about holiday magic.
These color-changing, customizable lights may seem too good to be true, but they aren’t difficult to find. Plus, the multi-colored lights are relatively inexpensive and simple to program, creating a fun holiday party trick.
Here’s how they work: A user applies the LED lights to a tree like a normal string of holiday bulbs. Using an accompanying app, the user maps the creation by taking a picture of the tree with the lights on. The app then pinpoints the exact location of each bulb, with mapping completed in just a few seconds. Once it’s done, you can choose preset options for a professional look, or you can “draw” on your tree as seen in the viral TikTok. It’s a simple process for an impressive result.
While there are several brands available, the user in the viral TikTok appears to be using popular lighting brand Twinkly. The brand is used by Christmas decorating pros, and isn’t solely reserved for tree lighting. It may just be time to swap out your lights in time for the holidays. After all, these impressive LEDs are worth the trouble of redecorating.
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