It's the season of good will and that means at some point you are going to decking the halls with boughs of holly, or more likely the tree with Christmas lights.
It will no doubt look amazing, until you realise that the plug socket for the lights is at the back under the tree in what is probably the hardest to reach part of your room.
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At this point you have a number of options. The first is to spend the end of every evening until the start of January crawling under your Christmas tree to reach the switch to turn off the lights before you go to bed. The second is to invest in an unsightly extension cable and hope that your lights cable will reach so you can then easily reach the plug.
There is a smarter, more "connected" way of turning them off though. Use Apple HomeKit and a HomeKit enabled plug socket like the Elgato Eve.
Step 1 - Get an Eve Energy
Eve Energy (UK, US) is a smart plug that is available for the EU and the US that lets you plug in a lamp, fan or in this case Christmas tree lights and be able to control that device using Siri or with a simple tap.
Aside from the ability to use Siri to turn Eve Energy (UK, US) connected devices on or off, you'll also be able to assign custom names to them, combine them into groups and create scenes to control a few of them at once. You can also use the Elgato Eve Energy in connection with other HomeKit enabled devices.
Step 2 - Connect Eve Energy to the Eve App
Take the plug out the box, scan the special HomeKit code on the back via the Elgato Eve app, (or the Apple Home app if you prefer) and your iPhone camera. Name your plug something easy to say like Christmas tree lights.
Step 3 - Plug in your Christmas lights
Plug in your regular, traditional, not intelligent Christmas lights to the Eve Energy socket (UK, US) and it into the wall. Yes, you will have to probably crawl under the tree for this bit, but it's only the once.
Step 4 - Hey Siri
Now all that's left to do is say "Hey Siri turn off Christmas tree lights" and wait a breathless second for the lights to turn off. You'll no doubt be crowned a demi-god of tech gadget wizardry in your house from now till Christmas, and hopefully beyond.
Step 5 - Apple TV automation
For extra kudos, set up an automation using Apple TV 4 so that when you are 50 yards from your house your Christmas tree lights will come on automatically because it will know you are near. Alternatively, if you’d like to add a little Christmas magic for your kids. A strategically placed Eve Motion Sensor would enable the tree to light up whenever movement is detected. Or alternatively a sort of Santa security device that alerts your phone to any unscheduled present meddling.