Halos Alexis Floor Lamp Review
When it comes to crafting your perfect gaming setup, we'll plough hours into picking the right console or PC, the perfect controller that makes sure you don't get a claw-like hand, and which headphones will help immerse you in the various zombie hordes, outer space battles, or chilled island simulators.
With sound being such an important part of your perfect gaming oasis, there are plenty of options out there when it comes to surround sound to make sure you can block out the outside world, but what about the visuals? These days, we can barely keep up with the ever-advancing graphics, as your latest AAA titles push for 4K and beyond. Remembering this, why is lighting usually at the bottom of the list for gaming sessions?
What is the Alexis floor lamp?
Stepping up to the plate in hopes of revolutionising the way our homes look, Halos offers a "classier" version of sticking LED strip lights to the corner of your rooms. Yes, it's great that your lights can dance to the TETRIS theme, but it's not really a viable and long-term solution.
In comes the Alexis floor lamp from Halos, which offers you over a million colours. Well, it definitely beats the usual wheel of largely primary colours. If you want to create a tropical lagoon for Horizon or the burning surface of a demon-ravaged Earth for Doom Eternal, now you can.
Apparently inspired by the Aurora Borealis, Italian Designer Fiorenzo Trentini spent two weeks camping outdoors beneath the Northern Lights to create the award-winning Alexis floor lamp. At the click of a button, you can transport yourselves to wherever you want - making gaming all the more atmospheric. Although there's no black variant to channel your inner Lady Dimitrescu, there are more than enough colour combinations to keep you entertained.
Alexis floor lamp setup
Out of the box, the Alexis floor lamp is an easy affair. You take the strip light out of its protective casing, which is a handy way to make sure it doesn't arrive in more bits than it's supposed to. The instructions are pretty basic and come out on a printed piece of paper, but then again, the Alexis floor lamp isn't as complicated as you'd imagine.
The remote comes with a colour wheel to select whatever base colour you'd want, while elsewhere, there's an option to increase/decrease your brightness for more intense gaming sessions. I found that the Alexis was more than enough to illuminate the living room and cast its glow - however, we'd recommend putting it against a wall or in a corner to get the full effect.
Away from one block colour, the Alexis' range of colour options cycles through various pairings and settings. There's a suitably Pride-themed option that gives us all the colours of the rainbow. It can be a bit confusing about what you're getting, meaning the Alexis floor lamp isn't the most intuitive piece of kit, but it's a big upgrade from LED lighting.
Alexis floor lamp final thoughts
Here comes the next part. While the Alexis is a great way to brighten up your gaming space, it's not quite as varied as we'd like. There's also a pretty hefty price tag, and although we probably wouldn't be paying the usual £250 price tag, there's currently a sale on where you can nab an Alexis for £109. Doubling up as more than just a living room lamp, it's your choice on whether you'd part with your cash for an Alexis.
Still, when so much effort goes into making sure your home gaming cave uses the most of its next-gen potential, the Alexis floor lamp is a great addition to your usual setup. Next time you parachute into a game of Warzone to shoot up Verdansk, ask yourself, is a dimmer switch really enough to complete your setup? If not, give Halos a glance and brighten up your day.