The Philips Hue Play 2-pack smart light system is on sale for $122.99 when you use the code 93XSL33 during checkout at Newegg (opens in new tab). This is a unique price because these smart lights stopped going on sale right around the beginning of 2020. They've been selling for $150 ever since and haven't really dropped in price even for the big shopping events. Right now Newegg is the best deal, but you can actually also find them going for $130 at Amazon (opens in new tab), which is the first time in a year they've dropped that low. The Newegg sale is part of the Shell Shocker daily deals, so the code will expire tonight.
If you want to add some ambiance and color to your gaming sessions, this is the way to do it. It's like bias lighting. You can put it on the floor, stand it on a cabinet, or mount it to the back of your TV. The starter kit will paint your wall in light, and it gives you everything you need to set it all up. These are not like light strips. They are aesthetically pleasing enough that you don't need to move them out of the way if you don't want to.
The kit comes with two Philips Hue white and color Ambiance Play bars. While they can certainly work on their own, they won't have any of the regular smart features. You will need to connect them to the Philips Hue Bridge (opens in new tab) to unlock their full features. I've found that's true with most Philips Hue stuff. For some reason the Bridge is necessary even with the Bluetooth lights that I use. You can then use the app to set up all sorts of control over your lights, including timers and routines. You'll be able to do that from anywhere, and you can add other Philips Hue lights so you can control them all at once.
One of the other nice things about the Play bars is that they won't take up a whole bunch of power outlets and spread wires all across your room. They can all connect to a single power supply unit so they only take up one socket.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
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