Smart lighting isn’t just limited to turning your bulbs on and off from your phone or changing their colors by asking Alexa. With modern technology they can actually react to the media that you’re viewing, whether it be television or movies. And they aren’t just limited to passive experiences, either.
With the best smart light bulbs, you can even soup up your gaming rig with lights that follow the rhythm and beats of your games, turning your entire room into a living visualizer. These are some of the top smart lights for gaming to consider.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance
If you don’t already have an elaborate smart lighting rig, why not start simple with a couple of bulbs? You can start with one, two, or however many Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs you want and connect directly to your phone via Bluetooth. No hub needed. Philips Hue partners with gaming brands like Razer so that your lights can match the changing colors of your Chroma-powered peripherals.
Philips Hue Bluetooth Smart Lightstrip
Philips Hue Play White & Color Smart Light
Nanoleaf Rhythm Edition Smarter Kit
LIFX Light Strip
The LIFX Light Strip is a long strip of dimmable LED lights with rich color combinations and effects. You can control it with your phone and select from any of LIFX’s preset themes or create your own, and it ties in with Razer Chroma as well. It connects to your Wi-Fi, so you can control it even when you’re not home.
Nzxt AER RGB 2
Govee Immersion TV LED Backlight
Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit
It pays to stay within an ecosystem
Matching the color and intensity of your lights to your games and peripherals can make a surprisingly noticeable difference in your gaming experience. For example, bouncing colored lights off the wall behind your monitor can add to the ambiance of your game and even ease the strain on your eyes by keeping the amount of light relatively even between your foreground and background.