Enhance your gaming experience with these smart lights

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Biased lighting has certainly become widespread, with many home theater setups including colored background lights that sync up with movies and TV shows. Games can also take advantage of the lighting trend, through the integration of PC software, or boxes that can turn the input of your consoles into impressive light shows. These are some of our favorite choices to take your gaming sessions to the next level.

The definitive solution

Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit

Staff pick

The sights and sounds of Razer Chroma-enabled apps and games can be synced to Nanoleaf Canvas panels thanks to a free pairing tool for Windows. Since the Canvas has Rhythm Mode built in, you can also sync music from your phone while you play or just relax. Yes, this solution is expensive, but it's worth it.

$ 190 at Amazon$ 200 at Best Buy

Color connection

LIFX Z LED Strip

The LIFX Z LED strip may look like your ordinary light strip, but its polychromatic color technology and Razer Chroma connector capabilities make it ideal for gaming. Polychrome technology allows the strip to display multiple colors at the same time, and the Razer Chrome Connector synchronizes your game images with its bright lights.

$ 90 at Amazon$ 100 at Best Buy

Light bars

Philips Hue Play light bar

Play Light Bar, one of the newest products from smart leader Philips Hue, can create a vibrant atmosphere in any room. Put it on the floor, leave it in the cabinet or mount it on the back of the TV and paint your wall with light.

$ 130 at Amazon$ 130 at Best Buy

Make me lift

Get LIFX

The LIFX Beam combines a slim light strip design with a solid light panel diffuser, creating a truly unique lighting experience. The beam features polychrome technology for multiple lighting zones throughout the entire length of the light, and can go where other lights cannot like sharp corners easily.

$ 150 at Amazon$ 150 at Best Buy

Tri-force

Nanoleaf light panels

Like Nanoleaf Canvas light panels, these triangle lights sync to your games through the Razer Chroma app. Triangular light panels offer softer light compared to canvas, but it lacks tactile sensitivity, so it all comes down to personal preference, as they both cost roughly the same.

$ 199 at Amazon$ 200 at Best Buy

Consoles too

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box

For console gamers, the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is the easiest way to add a little vibe to your sessions. As the name implies, this box connects to your console and TV via HDMI, and syncs with any Philips Hue lighting fixtures you already have in your home. As an added benefit, this box also works with any video decoder, up to four devices in total, and even supports 4K.

$ 230 at Best Buy $ 230 at Philips Hue

I play in

We love the Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit as it provides an amazing gaming experience when synced with Razer Chroma software. When you're not playing, these panels are the life of the party with music syncing, and each one is touch-sensitive, putting games like hitting a mole on your walls!

If you prefer the comfort of your sofa and a good old game console, check out the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. This amazing plug and play accessory connects directly to your console, bringing your Philips Hue lights from home to the gaming session.

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