Some of us are happy to embrace the spirit of the holidays by throwing up lights, while others prefer not to do anything that only lasts for less than a month of the year. We'll admit we're part of the later bunch. Our suggestion? Install a LED lighting strip behind your monitor to show your Christmas spirit and add your remote control for some visual holiday cheer.
Even better, if you take Tmaxx's example and connect your lighting setup to a Logitech Harmony remote, you can further take control of your mood lighting setup. Any IR receiver compatible lighting system works with many of the Logitech Harmony remotes, including X10 and Insteon system. With certain models you can even dim lighting remotely. Here's an example of similar remote lighting setup. Check out online sources like TheLEDLight.com for lighting strip options to partner up with your remote.
Speaking of universal remotes, we've been eyeballing the Logitech Harmony 650, a newly released product as of a few weeks ago. It takes many design cues from our favorite Logitech Harmony One, removes the bulky charging stations (it's battery-only), and adds a simple silver finish that distinguishes itself from the rest of the glossy black electronic crew. And for just $74, it makes the perfect self-Christmas gift!
[Image: Tmaxx from Deskography]