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Summer Sadness: When Sun Glare Kills Your TV Picture

Q. The one thing I don’t like about summer is that the day is sunny all day. It makes it impossible to watch TV in our living room because the sun glare is all over the set. Do you have any ideas how to make this better — Sheila, Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Sheila, there are some things you can do to improve your viewing experience during the day, particularly when the sun is taking over your room, or during the night when your lamps are too bright.

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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.

During the night, 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, Sheila. Happy viewing!

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