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Twinkly launches three new neon-style smart lights

Customizable and pixel-perfect

Twinkly Home Range smart lights Credit: Twinkly

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With Cyberpunk 2077 being a bit of a letdown, despite so much interest, it's high time we all put on some synth or vaporwave, and take responsibility for the incredible dearth of neon lighting in our lives.

Lucky for 'tweens, teens, and some home décor devotees, neon lighting or, at least, neon-style lighting, is a trend for 2021. Pair it with smart lighting technology and you've got Twinkly.

Milan-based Ledworks, Twinkly's parent company—known mostly for its smart Christmas lights—really invests in smart features, allowing users to highly customize their lights and how they cycle. Since we're all spending more and more time at home, it's a good thing to decorate your space to be as fun for you as possible.

A picture of a gaming setup with several light panels on the wall, displaying low-res, glitchy-looking art.
Credit: Twinkly

Nothing quite sells a gaming setup like some low-res gifs or glitch art.

This week at CES 2021, Twinkly announced a new, three-product range of home lighting options for consumers focused on aesthetics, which can be used to augment your home décor with a high level of customization, in ways that range from subtle to “animated glitch art gifs and neon ambience for my gaming station.”

A shot of the lights' UI on its smartphone app.
Credit: Twinkly

The lights can be customized via a smartphone app, which comes with various display patterns, presets, and effects.

Twinkly's three new lighting options—Twinkly Line, Twinkly Flex, and Twinkly Squares—have one thing in common: They're all controllable and customizable via a smartphone app, meaning you can set up simple programs and utilize preset patterns or images. The lights also all feature the ability to integrate with your favorite smart assistant of choice (Alexa, Google), which will, no doubt, allow for some fun, campy voice commands.

A composite image, showing some of the things you can make with bendable light sources, such as a a tree shape, the word
Credit: Twinkly

The Twinkly Flex offers a continuous light source that can be contoured, creating customizable shapes.

Twinkly Line, a smart, 100-bulb LED strip, seems to be a more basic lighting product. Consumers also have the option to purchase extensions that are 100 bulbs in length. Again, the interesting part here will be to see the level of customization offered.

Things get more exciting with Twinkly Flex, which users to contour their lights to areas with a more dynamic shape, like around corners and along stairs. Consumers can also construct their own neon signage, which they can program to slowly strobe through the color spectrum.

Some setups featuring light panels acting as individual pixels in a larger image. We see a Pac Man scene, some RGB color gamuts, and some low res art (one of which is a downscale of the Mona Lisa).
Credit: Twinkly

If you've ever wanted to decorate your home with electronic mosaics or pixel art, Twinkly Squares can help you achieve that dream.

From the look of them, we absolutely love Twinkly Squares. Who hasn't wanted to decorate their home with an animated gif? Squares is an array of 64 RGB pixels (measuring eight by eight) and will be sold in bundles of nine or 16 panels. Using these along with Twinkly's highly programmable display patterns, aspiring pixel artists will undoubtedly be able to create some interesting animations.

Currently, the name to beat in the smart lighting space is probably NanoLeaf, which offers its own series of customizable, geometrically-shaped lights. However, Nanoleaf doesn't touch Twinkly when it comes to this degree of customization.

We've reached out to Twinkly for more information about what kind of storage these devices allow, as this will end up translating to how many frames of animation you can store on any given one of these.

Update: while we didn't get some of the answers we were looking for, we did receive this video of four Squares linked up to create a short animation.

We can't wait to get these in-house for testing, if only to see if we can somehow program a functioning version of Pac-Man that takes up an entire wall.

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