The Festive Apple: Christmas lights for Mac and iOS devices

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Christmas lights don’t have to be only for your Christmas tree or house, there are several Christmas lights utilities that will illuminate your Mac or iOS device’s screens with festive cheer as well.


Draw Lights

drawlightsLightsphere LLC, creator of the Holiday Bells app, has introcuced Draw Lights 1.0, a new app for the 2011 season for creating Christmas lights on the iPhone or iPod touch. Decorate your own photos or choose one of the application’s holiday-themed backgrounds, then swipe to draw lights. There are 30 different lights to choose from, including mini lights, snowflakes, stars, and luminarias.

Draw Lights can use a photo taken with the iPhone or iPod’s camera, or an existing photo from the user’s photo album. Photos can be tinted so daylight photos can be darkened to look like night shots. The app also comes with nine holiday-themed backgrounds such as Christmas trees and reindeer. Once the image is selected, lights can be drawn with a swipe of a finger.

App Features:

  • 30 different Christmas lights, including mini lights, snowflakes, stars, and luminarias
  • Choose solid or flashing lights
  • 9 holiday-themed backgrounds
  • Retina-quality graphics

Once created, lights images can be saved to the in-app lights album, saved to the iPhone’s camera roll, or shared via email or Twitter (for iOS 5 users).

Use Draw Lights to design your outdoor holiday lights display, keep the kids entertained, or just for your own touch of Christmas cheer.

Draw Lights 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store.

Product [Draw Lights]


NightLights Desktop

Who needs all those headaches competing with the neighbors? All you need is a copy of NightLights to get your festive spirit across. It’s cheap, and the bulbs never burn out. NightLights comes with mini, C7 and novelty shaped light bulbs. You can mix and match, choose from various blink modes, and more.


Install NightLights, turn off the lights, and kick back with a hot cup of Cocoa.

NightLights Features:

  • Choose the number of bulbs
  • Scale the lights larger, or smaller
  • Frame the lights around your screen, or scatter them randomly
  • Choose from a selection of blink effects: Off, On, Random, Sequential, and Flicker
  • Control the blink speed
  • Set the Ambient Light, Brightness, and Opacity of the bulbs
  • Lots of Background options
  • Change Background Colors
  • Load a photo
  • Weather effects
  • Fire
  • Text Message
  • Audio Playback
  • Can also be used as a Screensaver or set to run on your Desktop

NightLights requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs $0.99 in the Mac App Store.

Product [NightLights Desktop]

MacLampsX 2.0

MacLampsX is a Mac OS X native app that is similar in function to the old and now discontinued Holiday Lights for Mac OS 9 (see below).


You can add bulbs to MacLampsX. Bulbs go in “~/Library/Application Support/MacLampsX/” or in “/Library/Application Support/MacLampsX/”. You can install bulbs that you find or you can make your own using the instructions that are linked from the MacLampX Web page.

You can download bulb and theme sets of lights fot MacLamps X.

Version 2.0 adds a lot of new features, such as a screensaver with snow, support for multiple displays, a music player, and new bulb options to allow different sizes and animation patterns.

MacLampsX requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and is free for PPC and Intel Macs.


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  • joberele

    On Mac OSX we have both TreetopLights which is an application that places a Christmas tree on the desktop (with a days to Christmas countdown) and blinking lights on the menubar or screen edges, and some lamps can even NOT display/blown-controlled from Preferences , and we alternate this with X-MasTree, which is a twinkling light decorated tree, also with a days to Christmas countdown. Both excellent Apps are free.