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  • Reflection in TV Screen

    I've gotten conflicting information on this issue from the net so thought I'd toss it out to the room.

    Right now I have an old 26 inch CRT type TV set (IE non flat screen)

    The way my living room is set up I do not have any ceiling light, so I need a lamp next to the chair I sit in.

    The TV is directly in front of the chair.

    As a result, when the lamp is turned on, I can see it reflected in the TV. I'm not talking glare here but literally seeing the lamp in the TV.

    I've been told by some that this would not be an issue with a new flat screen set.

    Is this accurate ?

    There's no real way for me to move the lamp, though of course if I'm not reading or anything I just turn it off and problem solved.

    But I will be shopping for new flat screen and so since this is a factor I wanted to know if a) the reflection problem would be solved with a flat screen and b) if Plasma vs. LCD vs. LED there is a type that is better for this situation

    Also any ideas on good models is welcome, though I'm in no rush to buy.
    ďAny sequel three or higher..... around number five they get a new cast, thatís when the magic really happens": Modern Family

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    Re: Reflection in TV Screen

    a screen with a more matte finish (like most LCDs are) would not suffer as much as your glass front TV. You may get a 'hot spot' but you shouldn't see a mirror reflection.

    Want to test it in the store? Simply take a flash light with you, and point the flash light at the screen and see how much reflection you get

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      Re: Reflection in TV Screen

      Thanks for the feedback.

      Flashlight is a great idea.

      I did some playing with my current CRT and by setting it on widescreen mode the light ends up in the black bar, so that works for now.

      Any suggestions on model/etc

      I'm thinking something in the 40's range size wise
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        Re: Reflection in TV Screen

        It is also flat as opposed to convex like a CRT. This reduces the angle for objects to be reflected. I get damped, muted reflections on my flatscreen LCD, but not like the clear, harsh ones on the old CRT. They are fewer and much, much softer - more like slight lighter areas actually. Far easier to ignore or deal with.

        As for recommending a Make/Model... They seem to change about every six months anyway, so the best advice is listen to feedback on companies as to quality and longevity, decide what features you want, then go to the store and watch the picture on sets from the better manufacturers. Make your choice, get a deal.

        I have a 37" Toshiba LCD and after nearly two years, it is still awesome.
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        • #5
          Re: Reflection in TV Screen

          Thanks for the input Sam.

          My biggest issue is seeing the stupid lamp in the TV screen, though by doing widescreen and putting myself slightly off center of the TV it is to the far left of the screen.

          It would be such a major hassle to put a ceiling light in, plus I doubt the landlord would approve.
          ďAny sequel three or higher..... around number five they get a new cast, thatís when the magic really happens": Modern Family

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            Re: Reflection in TV Screen

            The above (brilliant) posters pretty much said it all. If possible, move the lamp or the chair. I know it's obvious, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

            I have 2 newer tvs, a 23" and a 52". The larger one is a Sony Bravia, a couple of years old now, but never any problems. The smaller is a Magnavox, only has one problem, it gets wonky with the on/off switch on its own remote, and usually won't recognize the satellite box's remote at all. DirecTV guy told us it's a common problem with that brand.

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            • #7
              Re: Reflection in TV Screen

              Originally posted by tiggerfan View Post
              My biggest issue is seeing the stupid lamp in the TV screen...
              With a new flat screen - that will not be a problem. :thumbup:





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              • #8
                Re: Reflection in TV Screen

                Originally posted by Sambo View Post
                With a new flat screen - that will not be a problem. :thumbup:
                Indeed :thumbup:
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                • #9
                  Re: Reflection in TV Screen

                  Thanks for the flashlight hint

                  Did some prelim shopping today and it was amazing how the light did not show up in most LCD's

                  Though it did show up in a few and really showed up in the plasma.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Reflection in TV Screen

                    Yes plasmas have an all glass front (in part why they are so heavy).. LCD are different in that regard so are lighter and less reflective. It's why plasmas are not desirable in high glare rooms (like uncovered windows) vs LCDs.

                    The performance of LCD has come up so much that plasma just really just isn't worth it for most people.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Reflection in TV Screen

                      In the interest of full disclosure, a couple of the LCD's did show the light but most did not.

                      I still probably wont buy till January but was impressed with performance
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