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LIGHTING : Wipe the Glare Off of TV Screen With Proper Use of Blinds, Lamps

August 06, 1994|From Associated Press

Many people prefer to watch movies in a theater rather than on video because the big-screen picture is more impressive. Another advantage movie theaters have over home theater systems is that there isn't an annoying screen glare, which seems unavoidable in a home setup.

However, a more comfortable home viewing atmosphere can be achieved through some simple observations and strategic lighting.

First, monitor the room's natural light. Even at night, few windows are completely dark. Covering windows with thick curtains not only keeps out the light, but also will cut down on reflections. Blinds can also be very effective. Horizontal blinds should be turned up rather than down to reduce invading light rays.

Although total darkness does obliterate the glare, it also impairs the ability to see the remote control and could cause eyestrain. A home theater should have just enough light to eliminate the potential for this problem.

One of the best lighting configurations involves placing a small light, 15 watts or less, behind the television. Aim the light toward the wall behind the television to produce diffused, bounced illumination that will balance out the picture.

With any light source present, a glare can easily hit the screen from reflections off glass objects such as coffee tables and framed pictures. If you discover such a glare, move the offending objects.

Because every room is different, there's no systematic way to properly light a home theater. Nonetheless, a bit of ingenuity in the placement of lights will produce effective results for picture quality and viewer comfort.

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