Now that most of the world is spending a lot of time indoors we are looking at screens for a longer duration for work or social contact. By the time we get some leisure time our eyes are already exhausted from strain and we cannot watch that episode that Netflix keeps reminding us to continue watching. Fortunately, now there are lighting setups that can help reduce that eye strain and provide a comfortable viewing experience. It is incredible what difference a small addition to our setups can make. Not just that it also looks very sophisticated and modern. And there’s a variety of colors to go with your aesthetic or changing moods!
Setting up bias lighting is pretty easy! Here is all you need to consider, decide, and do.
"Bias Lighting is a light placed behind your TV or monitor to create a balanced white background behind your screen. It helps relieve eye strain and improves perceived color contrast while staring at a screen in a dark room. It is a simple LED backlight that sticks directly to the back of your TV and is powered by USB"
1. What Size Should I Choose?
Most often the sizes range from 2 meters to 5 meters of continuous LED light strip but of course TVs and monitors come in all sorts of sizes. For that you should measure the four sides of your screen. It does not have to be exact. You can just take an approximate size and the reason why that should be sufficient is the neat fact that you can cut LED lights to get the size you need without any damage to the lights themselves. Just make sure you cut them at the pre-marked points where it is safe to cut them. And if your TV is bigger than the size you can find available that is no issue. Just order another pack or however many you need and stick them where the last strip ends and no one will be the wiser.
These lights are just meant to be plugged into your screen’s USB port. The technical requirement is 5V, 1A USB power source. This saves you the hassle of turning on and off your lights with a separate plug everytime. However, do note that these will also stay off if your TV is powered off.
When it comes to bias lighting the amount of benefits they provide far outweigh the costs which makes buying them a no brainer. These lights start at $10 and go upto around 60 bucks. The cost depends on the size of course but also the ones which give you color changing and dimming options are more expensive.
Here’s the thing: the type of bulbs do matter. For your bias lighting to enhance your content and not decrease the contrast etc you need to make sure that the bulb you get matches the temperature of the screen as well as the people who create the content you will be looking at. This is partially why your home lights are not a great substitute because they tend to be a lot warmer than the screen. The number to look for is 6500K color temperature when you purchase your lights as this is the most common on. If you want to be sure just check your computer screen spec details. However, a lot of the bias lighting available takes this into consideration and offers their products which have 6500K LEDs.
Short answer: yes. Long answer: the warmer the colors you use like reds and oranges the less it will match the color of your screen. If you are solely looking to reduce eye strain though you can go with any color that you enjoy looking at. You can always go for pure white LED lights or for a few extra bucks you can even go for RGBs and get a lot of variety of colors (around 14!) in one lighting strip. These are also dimmable and usually come with a wireless remote. If you want to be more fancy and have more money to spend you can opt for the bias lighting that changes colors depending on what your screen is showing. These are usually connected through HDMI instead of the regular USB port.
The kit comes with a strip of 3m adhesive LED lights and a cable that you can plug into your monitor/screen’s USB port so that the lights turn on and off with your screen. And a remote if you go with RBGs.
Now that you have your kit you all you have to do is remove the cover behind the lights to reveal the adhesive and simply stick it to the back of your screen. Note that these should be attached far enough from the edge so as to not be visible. About 2 to 3 inches from the edge of the back of the TV is a safe bet. This will ensure that the separate color LEDs don’t show and you get a smooth diffused light behind the screen. If you want to test the placement, without removing the adhesive cover attach the strip with masking tape. The tape should not cover the LEDs as it could damage them. Once you are satisfied with the placement, attach the lights evenly behind the screen, avoiding any ports, vents or other uneven areas. This will ensure that your lights last you a long time.
If there is any extra part of the LEDs you can just cut it with scissors at the pre-marked areas. Then plug in the cable in the USB port of the screen and turn it on. You can use the remote to try out different colors and light intensity and pick one that suits you. And you are all set! Now you can watch TV with less eye strain, better screen colors and a super cool ambiance. Turn your bedroom or living room into a cinema like set up and enhance the time you are spending in your home. Trust us, this makes a big difference. The bonus is you can also take glam shots of your room for instagram.
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