Don’t not let the awesome lighting effect fool you. Antec’s new Soundscience Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit is not a cosmetic upgrade. These lights are functional upgrades to your monitor to help reduce eye strain from extended viewing and improve perception of the contrast of your monitor. It may seem like Antec is making this up to sell you an LED lighting kit, but I can prove their theory is scientific.

The bias lighting illumination technique adds a ring of white backlight to PC monitors, reducing eyestrain and eye fatigue caused by differences in picture brightness from scene changes in movies, TV shows and video games. The Soundscience Halo 6 LED bias lighting kits USB-powered LED strip (14.6 / 370 mm in length) attaches to the back of the monitor and complements any PC monitor up to 24.

The Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit is backed by Antecs Quality 2-year (AQ2) limited warranty on parts and labor and is available now for 9.99 MSRP (about $16 US) through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors.

The color and brightness of the LEDs are carefully calibrated and help increase a monitor’s perceived contrast ratio enhancing perceived black levels, vibrant colors and picture detail by enabling dark adapted viewing. The practice of video bias lighting has been used for years by professionals and end-users who understand what’s required for optimal picture quality and viewing comfort, said Frank Lee, director of the Soundscience Business Unit.

The Soundscience Business Unit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Antec, Inc. They design and create audio and video lifestyle products and accessories for the PC and home entertainment markets. Founded in 2010, soundscience brings Antecs expertise and reputation in PC enclosures, cooling, and power systems to speaker systems and multimedia components.

If you want a scientific demonstration of how and why this works, I recommend you go through the Mind Lab Presentation. The Mind Lab is unrelated to Antec or Soundscience, but provides an interactive and interesting way to demonstrate how your eye really works. If you just want to know why the Antec Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit does exactly what it says, start with Visual Interpretation of the Physical World.

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