It’s December, meaning a variety of decorations can be put up to celebrate the holiday season. Christmas trees are perhaps the most prominent of such decorations, but cutting down a large healthy plant presents some practical obstacles. Some may also see it as wasteful, as they’ll be discarded in a month or so. For a reusable festive light show that won’t break your back (or budget) to set up, and doesn’t require refilling a bowl of water, check out this WiFi-Enabled Addressable LED Christmas Tree Kit from Moritz Wirger.
The tree uses an array of 14 APA106-F5 addressable LEDs for lighting, along with a Wemos D1 mini WiFi module for control. This setup makes it WiFi capable from the get-go, presenting a wide range of coordinated lighting possibilities. Another excellent feature of this lighting kit is it’s 3D design, featuring two concentric PCB lighting support circles, along with a third level of one LED on the top.
Of course, this isn’t the only Christmas tree on Tindie. In 2017 we examined another 3D kit that uses discreet components to flash at a set rate. Either option looks like a lot of educational fun, though the device here will give you a lot more control if needed!