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How to Enjoy Watching TV In a Well-Lit Room
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. Our best TV is in our living room because that's where we watch the most television. But I have to admit that it's hard to watch it sometimes because of the glare from the windows during the day and our lights at nights. Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve this? A different TV, for instance? We have a Samsung LED. -- Frank, Detroit, Michigan.

Frank, generally speaking, a LED or LCD TV looks better in a well-lit room than a Plasma set. (The opposite is true in a darkened room where the Plasma reigns.) So I don't think your choice in a set is a problem.

However, there are some things you can do to improve your viewing experience both during the day and at night when you have your lights on.

For starters, if possible, position the TV so it doesn't face a window. This will help eliminate any glare coming in from the sunlight. There's nothing worse than trying to watch a big game or an absorbing movie with a giant splotch of sun glare on the screen.

Another idea: invest in some blackout curtains that can keep the daylight at a minimum when you're watching TV.

During the night, again, if possible, place your lamps behind the TV or off to the side so the glare does not directly reflect on the screen. The problem of TV glare often occurs because you are sitting in a chair next to a lamp. If you can position the set so it's facing a seating area without a lamp, or with the lamp off, you will notice a marked improvement in the picture.

Hope that helps, Frank. Best of luck.

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