Oh boy. I am lucky enough to get to review a fair amount of technology but sometimes things really blow me away.
Philips Hue Smart lights with the new Hue Sync Gaming App have done just that.
Philips Hue Sync Lights Starter Kit Review
These smart lights really are ‘smarter’ than the other ones on the market. They are also more expensive than the majority of other smart lighting features on the market. A starter kit will set you back for about $250 CDN or $190 USD on Amazon – But you get some super powerful extra features, and control with that price point. They do some pretty amazing things. Let’s get into it!
Installation of Philips Hue Lights Starter Kit
First of all, Installation is crazy simple. Screw in a light bulb. Plug in the hub. Open app. Done. So simple your grandma could do this one. Your biggest issue here will be updating the lights after installation and then the positioning of where you want the lights for your home or entertainment setup. The app installation does, in fact, take quite some time to update. The app says up to an hour for each device. Even with my super fast internet, it still took over an hour for the update. Thankfully you don’t need to do anything except have a little patience while you wait for your new toy to get in tip-top shape. In regards to positioning in the room, for the best gaming effect, I put the Philips Light hue strip behind my monitors and positioned two lights to the right and left side of my chair. Your mileage may vary. I also was able to place a light in my bedroom and one in my living room too. Pretty good stuff.
Philips Hue Sync App Review for Entertainment Setups
Recently Phillips has launched its Hue Sync App, which allows you to synchronize whatever is running on your computer with the lights in your entertainment environment you just set up. This amazing new technology determines whatever colors are running on the screen and then paints your room in wonderful matching colors, all in real time.
Philips Hue Sync App for Gaming
When an in-game explosion or a fire appears on the screen in your game – the lights turn a yellow and orange hue. A Frosty spell gets cast across the screen? Your environment is completely turned into purples and blues. In many games, if your character takes damage the screen goes red, but it’s a whole new experience when the whole room turns a dark crimson. In fact, I never really realized how much a possible room lighting effect could add to my overall enjoyment of a game. I can compare this to the first time you hear a high-end gaming surround sound environment or how a curved monitor wraps you in the gaming world. It just kicks your game up a notch. Equally, adding lights to your gaming environment will immerse you in the game to a level you have not experienced before.
Philips Hue Sync App Setup
The Philips Hue sync app is a free app that you can download for Windows and Mac. This allows you to sync your Philips Hue smart lights with movies, video games or music. Again the setup and installation are pretty straightforward and super easy to set up once you have already set up your existing lights. Simply, turn on the lights, load up the app, click the gaming button, choose your intensity (I find high is a good level.), click the light sync button and away you go. Your lights will now mimic exactly what’s going on on your screen, including sometimes different shades and colors per side, depending on what is happening on the left and right side of the screen.
Really it needs to be seen in person to really see, but check out this short video here.
Philips Hue Sync App Review
I now find after a week of fully testing and trying the gaming light sync out that when I don’t have the lights on, I notice them missing. It really increases my enjoyment of the game. I’ve enabled the setting to have the app auto start when my computer starts up and I recommend this feature for you as well. You can sync with your Razer peripherals here too.
There’s also the capability to sync with music that is being played through your PC in preset colors that match a bold, rock show or a lighter, classical Opera concert. It’s an impressive concert like effect. Also, if you have an Apple TV, a Google Chromecast or you can plug your computer into your television via HDMI you can sync up and have the same effect happen for a movie that is streaming through your PC. Just imagine, your sunsets on the screen can now be an entire room sunset. It’s really awe inspiring. I can’t stress this enough. A lot of these flashy ‘smart lights’ that people purchase are cool and you show your friends when they come over for the first time, but just how often are you booting up a ‘Savannah Sunset’ light pattern just randomly in the middle of the afternoon after that? This PC sync effect for media you are consuming live via gaming, music, and movie watching really improves the quality of your experience.
Making Your Smart Home Even Smarter – IFTTT and Google Home Assistant
Another one of the huge benefits of the Philips Hue lighting system is that it works with if this then that(IFTTT). This simple free to use service allows you to sync up multiple device applications and then make them work together in a pattern. For example, I have set up that when my phone comes within the geo-targeted location of my home, it automatically turns on some of the Philip Hue Lights. This means when I walk through the door my lights are already on for me. If I happen to forget to leave my house with the lights on they will also turn off automatically. I also can now say out loud Ok Google, night night and my entire house lights turn off via my Google Home Assistant and these amazing Philips Hue Lights. Although all these things sound really simple, when they are combined it’s really apparent how great it is. I no longer have to get out of bed to turn off or on the lights. I also have an in app “scene” setup, that as it gets closer to the time I go to bed, all the lights automatically start dimming and turning into nighttime colors helping one get ready for bedtime. It’s really easy and straightforward to set these features up from the app with a few clicks of a button. It’s the little things that really make your life easier.
Final Thoughts on Philips Hue Smart Lights and Philips Hue Sync App
The Philips Hue Smart Lights and Philips Hue Sync App can add a whole new dimension to your gaming life. This won’t be for everyone, but if you take pride in a high-end light-up gaming system environment – This will be right up your alley. They are not the cheapest smart home option out there, but they have a ridiculously easy setup, and amazing features and control. If you want to take your gaming environment to the next level, check them out.