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Guide: How to Avoid Reflections on the TV Screen

Most people do not like to watch TV in the dark. The problem is that the flat panel TVs – both LCDs and plasmas – reflect the environment light. Even if you have an LCD TV screen with matte-screen type, the most efficient in this respect, the light emitted from the display ends up reducing image quality, one way or another.

We bring here tips to overcome the problem – some of them may seem obvious, but others do not. The important thing is that you have in your living room the amount of light you want with the best possible image quality. Almost all flat panel TVs have a reflective screen, which acts almost like a mirror, reflecting both the natural light entering through windows, as light bulbs, lamps etc..

The problem is less when using matte screens, but still happens. In that screens, the display light is not reflected directly on the people in the room, but spread out in various directions. The solution would then be … turn off the lights, right? Well, more or less. There is a reason for people to leave lights on when you watch TV: eyestrain.

Many people feel dry eyes when they spend some time on the TV with the lights off. Whether you realize it or not, a lighted environment increases the feeling of relaxation, unless, of course, that light is reflected on the screen.

If you have an LCD TV, know that most of them have a backlight control (check the menu on the device). This control can be set to its maximum, recommended when the lights are on, or minimal, when you want to increase the black level of the image. This adjustment does not alter the contrast ratio. Since plasmas do not bring that backlight control. Theoretically, you can minimize the reflection in the plasma by setting at least the contrast control. But in this case, you lost the black level, damaging the reproduction of dark images.

There is also the option to exchange the TV for a larger screen, or sit closer. One cause of eyestrain is that the eye iris needs to open more in a dark environment. Think of a person pointing a flash to your face. That little light, but strong  will have a violent impact on eyes. The same happens with TVs. If the screen is small, the brightness is concentrated in a smaller area, contrasting more with the environment around. In a large screen, there is more light – and therefore not need to open the iris as much.

Well, this is all theory. Please do not run out to buy a giant TV, as this will not necessarily solve the problem of reflection. There are other factors to be considered, including the opinions of your wife, who may not like the giant screens. If you do not want or can not buy a 100-inch plasma, consider other options. Place a not too big lamp behind the TV, for example, it will increase the ambient light (which means less eyestrain), without causing reflections on the screen.

The technical name for it is bias light. Ideally, this light should be as neutral as possible, because any color will subtract the TV screen source color. If you use a red light, it will cause the red tones of the images lose their impact. Bias lights are commonly used in studios or professional environments, where people sometimes spend an entire day in a dark room in front of video screens.

Another solution is to adopt an automation system with automated control of lights. There are several on the market, and all allow you to adjust the lighting in “zones” or “scenes”. Example: the light at the back of the room – the one that reflects more on the screen – can be programmed to switch off when the scene turns “watching TV” and light up the scene “party” or, very common in the scene ” where’s the remote? “

There is also the option of motorized blinds that can be triggered by the same remote that controls the lights and equipment. Who has many windows you should seriously consider this solution because the TV will ever emit a brighter light than the sun, right? Yes, the TVs with the highest luminosity can be used even during the day, but then you are drawing the best picture quality.

I, for exemple, only have a projector in my living room. Any input light makes images washed … The solution was to install blackout curtains type. Anyway, motorized blinds are an excellent resource for controlling lighting. When choosing it, make sure the model in question is compatible with automation systems.

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