You might think I've gone entirely mad recommending some smart lightbulbs as part of your PC gaming setup, but stay with me for a moment. Philips Hue lightbulbs aren't just for lazy people who can't be bothered with a light switch anymore and instead ask Google or Alexa to do everything for them, these classy and colourful bulbs can actually function as an extension to your PC gaming experience, and for someone who's obsessed with PC gaming setups, take it from me, the results are dramatic.
All you need to do is buy yourself a colour starter kit, which will come with a bridge to sync all your lightbulbs to, and obviously work with your various home assistants if you've got them. Thankfully, as part of the Black Friday game deals extravaganza, Amazon has some great deals both in the UK and the US for Philips Hue Starter kits:
Philips Hue colour starter kits with two bulbs from £86 (down from £135) on Amazon
Check which light fittings you have first, and then treat yourself to this two bulb starter kit, which you can then add to with time and obsessiveness (speaking from experience)
Philips Hue color starter kit with three bulbs now $184.99 at Amazon (was $208.92)
Again, check your light fittings, but this wonderful three bulb start kit is great for getting involved with the power of Philips Hue
Right, got your bulbs, now it's time for the magic to start. Equip them in lights either side of your monitor, or TV if you have a seriously fancy PC setup, and then download the Philips Hue Sync software on your PC. It's here that you'll be able to turn your bulbs into an entertainment area, that can accurately reflect what's being shown on screen, whether that's a game, or a movie or TV show. It extends the colours of your content beyond the edges of your screen, creating an immersive experience for your gaming that takes over the entire room. You can adjust the intensity, but trust me playing something like Dying Light in the dark and watching the Philips Hue lights pulse orange when a zombie is near you at night will seriously freak you out.
Plus, some games have specific colour functionality for certain games if you sync them up in the Razer Synapse app, including Fortnite where your lights pulse purple when you're caught in the storm for example.
Honestly, my gaming setup is so much better for it, and there are options for great working light when you're not gaming. The sadness hours, as they're really known. And if you want something a little more stylish, you might want to check out the Philips Hue Go lights or the Philips Hue Play, which all do the same thing but in a pre-packaged lighting setup.
Philips Hue Go now £69.99 at Amazon (down from £79.99)
A beautiful spherical, and also portable, Philips Hue light that you can use on your desk or in the yard
Philips Hue Go for $79.99 at Amazon
Best in a pair, but this beautiful lamp makes the Philips Hue experience even better
Philips Hue Play for £64.99 from Amazon
Basically the soundbar version of the Philips Hue offerings, but without the sound. Only light
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