Originally Posted by KGrinols
Any pictures, videos, or opinions to share?
I absolutely love this idea and think it looks incredible in videos. I'm hesitant of how it will actually look/feel in real world applications though.
How many lights did you buy, what was the total cost in the end, etc.
Good questions. I don't do vids so that is not an option. But if you google "Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box reviews" you will get plenty of demo vids.
As far as the cost. It does get pricey. I already had the Hue Hub and all the lights I needed and some. But the Sync App only allows you to use up to a total of 10 lights. I have 9. A lightstirp with 3 extensions around the 85" TV. Two table lamps, Two Iris Lights, Two Hue Play Light bars, Two Blooms, all one on each side of TV in different locations that surround the TV Area. So that's 9 total.
Here is a break down of the costs:
Hue Sync Box $220
Hue Starter Kit includes Hub & 4 Color lights $200
Hue Light Strip kit $80.00
Light strip extensions 3ea $25ea = $75
Hue Iris Lights (2ea) $ 80 x 2 =$160
Hue Play Light Bar Kit (2-bars) $129
Hue Bloom Light @ $59Ea x 2= $120
So, yeah it was expensive. But I invested in Hue lights throughout my home, a few at a time. I have over 50 now. Wait for sales.
To get started you need a Lightstrip and as many extensions as you need to attach the lightstrip around the entire perimeter of that outside edge of the TV in the back. Then you would need two lights under the tv one on each side. Two lights on the outside left and right of the tv. Get the Starter Kit that comes with 4 lights and a Hub. Then the lightsrip + extensions. That would be a great starting point. The 5 lights plus the hub will run you about $350-$400 depending on if you catch a sale. Plus the Hue Sync Box @ $220. Total investment about $600 +/-. Then as time goes on you pick up additional lights down the road, to expand the area and increase the immersion effect.
I just started to rewatch "The Expanse" on Amazon in 4K using the Sync Box. What an incredible experience it is. To me it is worth every penny. I love the effect. Works perfectly.
If you buy the whole kit from Amazon or Best Buy. You could get it all in one go. Hook it up for a few weeks in home demo, and if not happy with what your getting for the money. Return it all within the 30 day return window. Going this route is pretty risk free.
Hue has tons of different lights now. So you can browse and pick the lights that will work best in your room and set up.
Here is a few pics of what my set up looks like and where my lights are positioned:
Best of luck to you Sir!