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How to Reduce Glare on TV

Flat-screen TVs offer beautiful pictures, but their design can cause glare, making it difficult to watch your TV shows and movies. Glare can make it harder to see details of what you’re watching, and may even be serious enough to cause a headache in extreme cases. Fortunately, a few tips may be all you need to transform your viewing experience.

What Is Glare?

TV glare is caused by light reflecting on the surface of the screen. As many of today’s screens are glossy, they act as mirrors and reflect light. This issue can be compounded by the bright Texas sun streaming in and reflecting on your surfaces.

Ways to Minimize TV Glare

Fortunately, you’re not limited to watching shows after the sun has set. These tips can help you reduce TV glare:

  • Adjust your screen settings: The best way to reduce glare on an outside TV is to turn up the brightness and play with the contrast, color intensity, and other settings until you find the right mix. Many TVs are set for indoor viewing by default.
  • Perfect your TV placement: Avoid placing your TV in front of very bright windows or where the sunlight from your windows will hit. Poor placement will result in the glare as the sun moves across the sky, and direct sunlight hitting the screen is bad for the device.
  • Place the TV in darker surroundings: A deep cabinet indoors our outdoors shades the screen and provides a better picture.
  • Adjust the angles: If you place your TV on a stand that allows you to adjust it up or down, you can often eliminate some of the glare.
  • Control your lighting: Avoid bright overhead lights and bright lamps around your TV. Turning off the lights and closing the blinds can help reduce the reflection on the television.
  • Try sun shades: Sun shades are retractable, sturdy shades placed on the outside of your home. They can be lowered to reduce sunlight, which virtually eliminates glare while also protecting you, your furniture, and your electronics from the sun’s heat and UV rays. Sunshades can create a luxurious theater experience in your own home, and shading a patio will reduce glare on outside TVs as well.
  • Use anti-glare protectors: Anti-glare protectors can be placed in front of a screen to cut glare by diffusing light or reducing the shininess of the screen surface. Some monitors and TVs come with this option already added to their screens.
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