Best smart lights for gaming 2022

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.

The best smart lights for gaming

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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.

Most of the best smart lights for gaming support standards like Razer Chroma, which allows them to change color along with your game without needing any extra setup on your end. Philips Hue's White and Color Ambiance bulbs are the most popular and best Philips Hue bulbs and work great with Chroma. Once you have one Hue product, why not keep going with more and more lights from the lineup? The best part: while Hue lights used to require a hub to control, they can now operate independently over Bluetooth.

LIFX is another great smart home brand whose lights don't require a hub connecting directly to your Wi-Fi network. If you're after something unique, Nanoleaf's Rhythm Edition light panels or new smart light bars can be arranged any way you like for a truly personal setup.

Olivia Lipski is a freelance writer for Android Central and loves testing out the latest smart home tech and discovering the best cell phone plans. When she's not busy running around NYC trying to find great food or coffee, she's in her kitchen trying to make it herself.

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