If there is one thing that causes real frustration among TV viewers, then it has to be those annoying reflections that you get on the screen if you are watching television with the lights on, or if it is a particularly sunny day. They can be incredibly distracting and interfere with the picture quality even on the most high tech 4K televisions. Most people feel like the only way to combat it is to watch television in the dark, but this is not the only answer. Let’s take a look at how to combat these annoying reflections.
Why Does This Happen?
These unwanted reflections occur because the screens on a flat panel television tend to be very glossy and they will act almost like a mirror and reflect any light source that is in the room. Choosing a television with a matte LCD screen instead of a glossy one can reduce the occurrence of this, but you will still get some degree of reflection. In fact, with a matte screen it can be more frustrating because the light actually ends up spreading out more and the result is that black patche son the screen become lighter giving strange distortion. When you have light bouncing off of your screen it is going to have a negative impact on the quality of the picture on the screen.
What Can I do to Fix it?
The easiest solution is of course to turn out your lights when watching television. However, a lot of people do not like watching television in the dark because it can cause eye fatigue. This happens because the screen is a bright spot in an otherwise dark room so it causes your pupils to dilate. It is essentially like shining a torch right in your eyes and it can become painful over time.
Reducing Eye Fatigue When The Lights Are Off
This discomfort can be just as bad as the annoying reflections on the screen, so it isn’t really a solution for most people. However, it is possible to make some adjustments to your television in order to reduce eye fatigue when the lights are off. The majority of LCD televisions have a backlight control which is accessible via your menu options. If you are unsure of how to find this control then consult the info supplied by the supplier. As standard, the level is usually set fairly high making the screen extremely bright. When watching television at night you can turn down this level in order to make it more comfortable to look at the screen with the lights off to stop reflections. It is important to note that this fix only works on LCD screens, it will not work with a Plasma TV because the contrast will be affected.
Moving The Light Source
While the solution above can help at night time when the problem is coming from a man made light source, it isn’t going to be helpful during the day – or if you have a plasma screen. The good news is that there is an alternative and that is moving the light source. If you place a lamp behind the screen then you will increase the ambient light which will in turn reduce eye fatigue without causing reflections. It is important that the light is color neutral so that the picture on the screen is not altered.
The same principle applies if the reflections are being caused by the sun coming in through the windows during the day. You will want to make sure that the light source is always behind the screen, so you will want to position your television in such a way that the windows are behind it. If rearranging your room is not really an option, then you can simply install some sun shades.
Hopefully these tips can help you to reduce reflections on your screen giving you a more comfortable viewing experience.
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