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The Philips Hue Play light bar attaches to your monitor for some cool ambient lighting

By Koh Wanzi - on 22 Aug 2019, 5:59pm

The Philips Hue Play light bar attaches to your monitor for some cool ambient lighting

Image Source: Signify

Signify today announced the local availability of some new Philips Hue lights that will help add an extra dash of color to your study or living room. The Philips Hue Play light bar is a compact device that can be attached to your monitor or placed on your desk. It will project some soft ambient lighting against your wall and is a great complement for your gaming PC because it can also be synced to Razer's Chroma lighting system. 

The Philips Hue Play looks like it could be quite popular among gamers looking to create a fancy setup built around RGB lights. Philips Hue Sync will work on both PC and Mac devices, and it will let you synchronise the Hue Play light bars to the onscreen content and create a more immersive experience. 

On top of that, it has been integrated with Razer's Chroma ecosystem, so you can sync the Hue Play up with your Chroma-enabled laptops, keyboards, mice, and mouse pads. Furthermore, it's able to take advantage of Chroma integration with select games and respond accordingly to specific in-game events. 

For example, each hero has a unique colour in the character select screen in Overwatch and there are special lighting sequences when your ultimate is ready. 

There's also a decent amount of compatibility with existing PC hardware, and you'll be able to use Hue Play together with stuff from brands like MSI, Thermaltake, and Lian Li. This potentially means a synchronised lighting effect from your monitor to the fans in your system, which could be pretty cool. 

You're meant to make the Hue Play light bars face the wall for an indirect lighting effect.

The setup process in the Philips Hue app also lets you indicate each device's position in relation to each other, so more complex lighting effects are possible across your entire setup. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, so you can easily control the lighting from your phone. 

Philips already makes televisions that offer built-in ambient lighting, but these are not part of the Hue ecosystem. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's changing any time soon, since Philips Hue Sync still only supports PC and Mac devices. You can still attach the Philips Hue Play light bars to your TV, but it won't mirror the content onscreen unless your video source is a PC or Mac. 

The Hue Play mounts to the back of a TV or monitor.

The Philips Hue Play light bars are now available to buy here at S$209 for a double pack or S$99 for the extension pack. You'll find it at Challenger, Courts, Best Denki, Gain City, Selffix DIY outlets, GamePro, and Lazada

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