1 September 2023
Whether you want to build the ultimate battle station, make your games leap off the screen or create an extra-entertaining space where your family and friends can watch you slay your enemies, gaming lights create a video game experience that’s next-level for everyone! Check out our smart gaming room light tips and picks that’ll really make you feel part of the action.
Gaming lights for your PC
Gaming room lights are designed to give you a truly immersive experience when you’re gaming by reacting to all the content on your screen. Play gradient lightstrips were made with this in mind, and they’re the perfect companion to your PC monitors. The Play gradient lightstrip for PC is designed for single- or triple-monitor set-ups and attaches easily to the back of your monitor set-up with the included mounts.
Once you’ve got your lightstrips in position, you’ll need to sync them to your computer so that they’ll dim, brighten and flash along with all the on-screen content. You can do this in one of two ways. Use the Philips Hue Play HDMI sync box with the Hue app or a PC with the Hue Sync desktop app.
More light, more impact!
In addition to lightstrips, you can add any Philips Hue colour-capable lamps to your gaming room light set-up by adding them to your Entertainment area in the Hue app. Play light bars are a versatile addition to your gaming room – lay them down or stand them up alongside your monitor. Add a Signe table lamp at the side of your PC gaming set-up for an added gradient of colourful light.
Gaming room lights for spectators
Spent ages trying to defeat that end-of-level boss? Time flies when you’re engrossed in the game. But don’t forget the spectators! Even though your guests have a front row seat to your gaming prowess, they might want to snack, chat and relax.
As well as syncing your lights with your PC you can also dot a few colour-capable gaming room lights around your space to create an extra-captivating atmosphere for those who aren’t playing. Place a couple of Go accent lights or Iris table lamps next to your sofa and set them to a warm glow so your spectators can see what they’re doing while taking a time out.
Gaming lights for your TV
The Play gradient lightstrip for TVs comes in three sizes and includes mounting clips, making it easy to attach it to the back of the screen. Once your lightstrip is in place, use the Play HDMI sync box with the Hue app to sync the lightstrip to your TV and gaming console.
For an added blend of colourful, reactive light, place a Play gradient light tube above or below your TV and then rotate the tube for the perfect wash of light. For an even more dramatic effect, fill even more of your space with colour as you play by placing Signe floor lamps in each corner of your room.
Office by day, gaming room by night
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a space that’s solely dedicated to gaming – for example, your gaming space may double as a bedroom or home office. Luckily, your smart lights can create the perfect atmosphere whether you're gaming or not.
If your gaming room is also an office, try setting your gaming room lights to the Concentrate light recipe while you work. It features a cool white light setting to help you focus. Is your gaming space also a bedroom? Try a Go to sleep automation, which slowly turns the lights to a warm glow and signals that it’s time for sleep – no more late-night gaming sessions!
*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness.