Before I make a big purchase, I’m usually pretty good at doing my share of research to make sure I’m getting exactly what I want. If it’s golf clubs, I’ll take weeks trying out different brands and models before selecting a set. I’ll test drive multiple cars before choosing which one to buy. I’ll try on a variety of different shoes to ensure they’re comfortable.
A few years ago, I let my excitement for purchasing a new TV get in the way of my ordinarily thorough research method. Instead of taking my time and checking out different brands of TVs, I settled on the one that immediately caught my attention. The picture on the 42” plasma was crystal clear. It was everything I was looking for and came at what I thought was a reasonable price. I couldn’t wait to get it home and set it up in my living room.
It turns out it wasn’t what I was looking for – not even close. Unless I wanted to turn off all the lights and close the blinds, it was nearly impossible to get a clear picture. My living room at the time was full of windows that caused a terrible glare. Even with the lights off and the blinds closed, a few rays of light during the daytime were more than enough to annoy me. If I would have done my research, I would have easily found out that plasma TVs are known to have this problem. I didn’t, however, and have been stuck with the same TV ever since.
It hasn’t been all bad, though. Before you rush to return the plasma TV you got for a great deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, listen up. There are some steps you can take to cut down on the glare, many of which I use and can vouch for. If you have a problem with glare on your TV, try some of these tips. You’ll get that clear picture back in no time!
This doesn’t mean you have to watch your TV in the basement. It just means you’re better off placing the TV in a position where the back of the TV faces the wall with the window. If that isn’t possible, place the TV at an angle that decreases the amount of direct sunlight on the screen.
Mounting your TV on the wall does more than just save space and look cool. If you get a mount that pivots, you can also reduce glare. A pivoting mount allows you to move the TV from one direction to another to ensure the reflection goes elsewhere.
Blinds and shades
Sunlight will cause the most problems. That’s why it’s even more important to make sure you do what you can to reduce the amount of sunlight that’s able to get into your home. You can easily decrease the amount of sunlight in your home with window blinds and shades.
While you’ll notice a huge improvement by closing the shades, you don’t have to watch your TV in complete darkness. If you strategically place lights either behind or to the side of the TV, glare won’t be an issue. The more lighting you have in front of the television, the more glare you’ll have on the screen.
Most TV manufacturers have some sort of anti-glare protection you can purchase. The plastic cover fits over the TV screen and minimizes glare while also protecting the screen from scratches. The price of a protector for a 32” TV starts around $80.
After using some of these tips myself, I can honestly say I’ve significantly cut down the amount of glare on my TV. I’m sure there are more ways to do the same, and that’s where you come into play. What other advice do you have to help reduce the glare on your TV? Let us know in the comments section below!