Save $100 on the last outdoor Christmas lights you'll ever need
EverLights are controlled by Wi-Fi and designed to be left up year-round. This starter bundle includes 25 feet of lights for $300. Plus: the return of the $14 gaming headset.
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I love Christmas lights -- and that's coming from a guy who grew up celebrating Chanukah. But because my own family enjoys both holidays, I know all too well the hassle that is putting up and taking down those accursed strings.
Stop the madness! There's a better option, one that does require a permanent installation and a hefty initial investment. But it could be worth it if you want the fun and festivity of holiday lights without the neck-breaking risks. It's called EverLights, and I've got a deal for you.
EverLights are app-controlled LEDs designed to be installed once and left up year-round. They're also designed to be nearly invisible, so you won't have to hear from pesky neighbors: "Um, hey, Bob, it's March -- isn't it time you took your lights down?" Because they won't even know they're still up!
This is a full-on smart-home product. The EverLights app lets you control just about everything: brightness, colors, patterns and scheduling. Needless to say, the lights aren't limited to Christmas duty: You can make them blue and white for Chanukah, orange for Halloween, red for Valentine's Day, your team's colors during big games and so on.
The kit includes everything you need to get started, not the least of which is a 25-foot EverLights string (which gives you 33 total LEDs). You can expand as needed, but be prepared for some additional sticker-shock: Each additional 25-foot clear string costs $150.
You also need to be fairly handy, as there's definitely some installation work ahead of you. You could also call in a professional -- EverLights makes it easy to find installers in your area.
As I said, this solution requires some investment. But if you're willing to make it, you can solve one of the holiday's biggest (and most dangerous) recurring hassles.
Bonus deal: Quick rerun of a popular deal from the summer. If you're into multiplayer gaming even a little, you know that a gaming headset is essential gear. Thankfully, you don't have to pay much to get one.
Not with this deal, anyway: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Westilfe Onius (via Amazon) has the Onikuma Gaming Headset for $13.99with promo code 5YBBYIU9. (Tested and verified at 5:30 a.m. PT.) It normally sells for $25.
This stylish, LED-enhanced headset is compatible with nearly every gaming system. It features memory-foam earcups, a flexible noise-canceling boom mic, an inline volume control and a two-year warranty.
Nearly 1,400 buyers collectively rated this 4.1 stars out of 5, so if you don't yet have a headset or just want a spare, this looks like a solid option -- especially for the price.
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