Windows 11 gets ‘Dynamic Lighting’ to control RGB lights for peripherals

You will soon no longer have to install third-party apps to control those RGB lighting accessories in your computer cave.

Windows 11 RGB Lighting
Windows 11 RGB Lighting
  • Microsoft confirms that it is working on the Dynamic Lighting feature for Windows 11.
  • The feature will allow users to control RGB lighting accessories on their devices.
  • Dynamic Lighting will standardize RGB lighting so users no longer have to install multiple apps.
  • The lighting controls are expected to arrive soon as a preview.

Microsoft is making it official that Windows 11 will soon be able to control RGB lighting for computer accessories. According to the company, the development team is working on a new feature known as “Dynamic Lighting” that will make it possible to manage lighted accessories without third-party tools. 

The company says that “many of these accessories rely on third-party apps and integrations that are highly fragmented,” and Dynamic Lighting will allow users to effortlessly set up and customize their devices with RGB lights directly from the Settings app.

Although the software giant is announcing this now, the RGB controls were previously spotted in preview builds of Windows 11, but you need to enable the feature manually. However, Microsoft now says that in the coming days, Dynamic Lighting will become available for testing for devices enrolled in the Windows Insider Program.

Once the feature rolls out, you will find a new “Lighting” page on Settings > Personalization that will include the  “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” toggle switch to turn the feature on or off. After enabling the feature, you will be able to control features like brightness, lighting effects (solid color, blink, and rainbow), speed effect, and color, and you will have the option to match the lighting with the Windows 11 accent color.

Windows 11 RGB lighting settings
Windows 11 RGB lighting settings / Image: @thebookisclosed

Although there are many applications you can choose to control the RGB lighting on your computer (such as those from Corsair, Logitech, Asus, Razer, and some other open-source), some of them are proprietary software and won’t let you manage other accessories brands. 

The idea is to roll out the experience early to allow developers and hardware partners to experiment with new integrations for RGB accessories and components.

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