Almost all gaming equipment is equipped with RGB lighting, and Logitech's G game brand is no different. Last year, the company redesigned its Logitech Control Center (LCC) app, which lets you fully control its gaming equipment, giving the app a new name in the process: Logitech G Hub.
If you're a fan of RGB lighting, here's how to control the LED technology, which Logitech calls LightSync, in your peripherals. This guide also covers how to apply color settings that do not distract, how to create custom custom lighting configurations, and how to synchronize all your peripherals to the same lighting scheme. If you are not a fan of RGB lighting, then I also go through how to turn everything off.
What You Need
- A LightSync-compatible Logitech peripheral (keyboard, mouse, headset, mouse pad, etc.)
- Logitech G Hub app (required for LightSync control, hardware updates and management)
How to start
The first step in controlling the LightSync lighting requires you to download the Logitech G Hub for Mac or Windows computers. The G hub is Logitech's official hardware management software for its peripherals. I recommend that you hold G Hub in your Windows taskbar or MacOS dock so you can get faster access.
After installing G Hub, you will get a few instructions that refer to change lists or a guided tour. You can skip these if you want to go directly to the customization process.
Logitech's G peripherals – G stands for "games" – varies with different effects and details. In general, they rank in this order (most to the smallest options): keyboards, mice, speakers, headsets and genre-specific controls (wheels, joysticks, etc.). For demonstration purposes, I will test some LightSync effects with a Logitech G513 keyboard, which has turnkey RGB lighting and can display a wide range of colors and effects.
Changing your light settings
- Use your LightSync-compatible Logitech keyboard by selecting your keyboard from the main application screen and making sure you have selected the LightSync tab as you can click on the top left.
- Within that tab you can turn off the backlight completely, use the Freestyle mode to paint over specific keys or areas with the cursor or select animations for some interesting (if distracting) lights show. To control the keyboard brightness of the G513, you must use the physical Fn + F7 keys to toggle between off and four different light control settings.
- From the drop-down menu for presets "Effects" you can choose which of the listed effects should see what they are doing. I suggest you play with the presets to find out which one you like the most (and who can give you any headaches).
- If you want to synchronize your preset light settings via your other Logitech G devices, just select the "Sync Options" button below the image of your periphery.
Create your own lighting settings
With a little experiment you can create your own LightSync effects. The following instructions describe some of the basic G Hub Freestyle controls to give you a better idea of what they are doing and how to use them to create custom effects.
- From the "LightSync" tab, select "Freestyle." You will see options in the sidebar that allow you to use "Color Brush" to digitally paint over specific keys, "Quick Color" options that automatically highlight the WASD keys, the number key row, the function key row, the modification keys, and the arrow keys. different effects by clicking and using the "Effect" drop-down menu.
- If you want an animated LightSync effect, navigate to and click on the "Animations" tab, from which you will see a "Effect" drop-down menu that contains several preset effects. Some examples are: "Contrast" for changing colors between zones; "Verticool", which mixes warm and cold colors vertically; and "Ocean Wave", which uses blue and brown / white keys to initiate tides crash on a sandy beach.  You can also control the cycle process by clicking on the "Cycle" and "Reverse Cycle" drop-down menu, "Cycle", "Bounce" or "Random." ecis under the keyboard visually on the app lets you control the speed of the given power in milliseconds.
There is much room for adaptation here, although it may seem frightening at first. Play around with the options so you can be comfortable creating your own effects later.
Creating your own light settings
- With the G513 keyboard, I'll show you how I created my own simple effect that highlights some of the keys I use in the game. Let's say we don't want to start with an animated keyboard effect. Click on "Freestyle" instead of "Animations" for a static effect.
- Then use "Color Brush" to select a color from the color picker; You can also enter your own HTML hex color code. In this example I have chosen a dark blue, and then I click the "Fill a group" button so that I can choose a group of keys instead of manually "painting" each. In this case, I have selected the "WASD" keys, which are usually reserved for character movement. You can try to do the same, or choose your own color and group of keys.
- You should see the changes reflected in real time. There is no need to save your preset as long as you have an effect selected from the "Effect" drop-down menu and hold the LightSync tab in the "FreeStyle" option, it will remain intact.
- What if you want to create an animated LightSync effect instead? Just select the "Animations" tab to get started. Select one of the preset effects from the "Effect" drop-down menu. For this, how do I choose "Contrastic" because of its slow but satisfying juxtaposition of colors and preset frames that cover most G513 keys.
- This next part is a bit tricky because it is easy to miss the button. Instead of clicking on the "Contrastic" effect, move the cursor to the right of the effect name. Now click on the small window icon to display a popup that lets you control the animated effect.
- For my version of "Contrastic", I will select the first frame from the slider, seen during live visual representation of the G513 keyboard. Frames in the "Contrastic" effect include different groups of colors that appear as the animation is displayed on a loop. For this demonstration, I only edit the first pair, so I have chosen the first image seen in the slider.
- I look at the left sidebars, I'll choose and automatically paint 85 of G513's keys in hot pink. Afterwards I will choose a sky blue for 47 keys, followed by a deep purple for the rest.
- I would also like to tweak the speed of the animation, so I move the "Standard Speed" slider to the left, so it will only be 480 milliseconds. I would also like to keep the "Bike" method, so I left it at the default setting in the drop-down menu.
- Now that I am finished painting the keys, I click on the blue "Save" button. Again, as long as the "Animations" and "Contrast" options are selected, my G513 keyboard continues to display my custom effect.
Share custom LightSync profiles with G Hub Community
If you want, you can also share your own LightSync profiles with the Logitech G Hub Community, per approval via e -mail. To begin, select the small split button, immediately to the right of the effect name on the "Animations" tab.
When the popup pop-up menu appears, you can enter a custom name for your effect, add tags and add a description. Then click on the blue "Publish" button at the bottom of the window. (Make sure you log in to your Logitech account because you have to submit the effect for review before it is shared.) Afterwards, a popup will warn that Logitech will reach out via email if your effect was approved for viewing in G- the community hub.
While waiting for your post to be reviewed, you can check out other users' G-hub profiles. To do so, start from the G-hub's main screen (you can always get there by clicking on the white "G" logo in the upper left corner). Then click on the "Game Profiles" box near the bottom of the window. From here, you can search, browse and download effects for various Logitech G peripherals.
Congratulations! Now you can control the LightSync lighting for all your Logitech G peripherals, create custom effects, submit them for review, and download other users' profiles uploaded to the G Hub Community.
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