One of the experiences that many tech enthusiasts enjoy are the ones in front of their home theatre system streaming the latest series. Careful thought goes into the selection of speakers, the receiver, and of course, the TV. And once you’re ready to enjoy your favourite Netflix series, the default is to turn the lights off or dim them. But what if we can make a smart lighting system part of that experience?
We learned a lot from our experience making Halloween scarier with a range of Philips Hue lighting products. We also learned that with the tight integration between the app, the bridge, and the lights, you could achieve a range of lighting experiences. So, when we discovered the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, that’s when a proverbial lightbulb went off.
We went to the Philips Hue website to get inspired and browse for ideas. The products are also available at retailers like Home Depot, Best Buy and Amazon.
Check out the video below to see how we created a next-level entertainment experience, Philips Hue Bridge required!
We also discovered that it all works with your gaming system too. Connect your Nintendo Switch, Xbox One Series X, or PlayStation 5, and you can be sure that every game night will be at your house.
Here are the products we selected to make it all come together.
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box makes everything work together and provides synchronization functionality with the visuals on the screen. Just plug in all your sources, including your streaming sticks, game systems, and digital cable box, and pair it to your existing Philips Hue Bridge with the app. Once that’s done, you can download the Philips Hue Sync App and start creating your space. Choose the lights you want to include in your setup, even where you want to place them, and they’ll be ready to react to your content with a light show customized to your space.
Price: $259 CAD Where to Buy: Best Buy Canada
Philips Hue Gradient Light Strips For TVs are a flexible way to add some pizzazz to any screen. The flexible strips are a peel-and-stick installation. Just add the mounting clips, install the light strip to the back of the TV, and then plug it in. Use the Philips Hue app to sync it to the bridge and add it to your entertainment setup with the Hue sync app. Offered in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, it should accommodate a wide range of TVs. It’s probably one of the more simple ways to upgrade your TV without actually buying a new one.
The Philips Hue Play Light Bar comes in a handy two-pack and gives the walls a much-needed splash of colour. It ties in perfectly with the gradient light strip installed on the back of your TV. Place the Hue Play Light Bars facing the wall, plug them in, and then sync them to your Philips Hue bridge using the app. Once that’s done, get them added to the Philips Hue Sync App, and they are at your command, giving you a rich and colourful experience for the rest of your space.
Philips Hue offers a wide array of lighting products and gives a splash of colour to any room in your home. So, who knew that with the help of the Philips Hue Play Sync Box, you could start integrating video and gaming content into those experiences? Well, you do now!
If you want to take this idea to even greater levels of awesomeness, you can go to the Philips Hue Surround Lighting page for more inspirational ideas.
You can find all the products we talked about and more on the Philips Hue online store.