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How Daylight Savings Time Can Hurt Your TV Watching

Q. I love spring, particularly daylight saving time so my kids can hang out later in the day. But one of the bad things about daylight saving time is that it’s light out longer in the day. So when I come home to watch TV, there’s sun glare on my TV screen all the way up to 8 p.m. Do you have any suggestions on how I can improve this? — Sandra, Dover, Delaware. 

Sandra, you make a very good point. Many Americans begin watching television about 6 p.m. or so when they come home from work. During the winter, it’s already dark outside so there’s no concern about the glare from the sun coming in through your windows and obscuring your TV picture. But when daylight saving time begins, the sun is out until well after 7 or 8 p.m., which means you have to battle that glare for awhile until it finally gets dark.

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

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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. If you want to learn more about blackout curtains, and purchase some, click here.

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, Sandra. Happy viewing!

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