TV's Answer Man
What Is Color Temperature On My TV?
Washington, D.C. (January 30, 2013) --
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Q. I've been trying
to improve the picture on my TV. What is this setting called
Color Temperature and what should I set it on? Will it help my
picture if I set it right? -- Don, Dallas, Texas.
Don, Color Temperature basically
describes the color of the light source that's being displayed
on your screen. Colors such as yellow or red are considered
'Warm' colors while blue is a 'Cool" color.
Most TVs allow you to set your
Color Temperature at Warm, Cool or Normal. So what 'Color
Temperature' should your TV be set at?
This is not a black and white answer, if you'll forgive the pun.
Generally, though, you should set your TV at 'Cool" if you are
watching it in a well-lit room. The Cool setting enhances the
blue colors, which tends to brighten the image. That should
improve the way your picture looks in an equally bright room.
However, if you're watching your TV in a dimly lit room, use the
Warm setting. This will heighten the yellow colors, which tends
to soften the image and give it, well, a warmer feeling. That
will create a more pleasing picture in a room with little
Okay, now that I said that, let me qualify it by adding that
this is a trial-and-error process. If you think that the Warm
or Cool setting doesn't quite look right, try the other or the
Normal setting. Like
on your TV, there is no absolute right setting. Play around with
it and see which one looks best to you.
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