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glare and reflection in Plasma TVS

by jschill9 / January 25, 2006 3:21 AM PST

I am in the market for a 50" Plasma but when viewing them in some stores I notice an unacceptable amount of glare & reflection due to the store lighting. In other stores who have darkened viewing areas there is no problem. What can I expect when I bring a TV home into a room <say> illuminated by normal tabel lamps or a bright room from windows?

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You shouldn't encounter the same experience at home.......
by Riverledge / January 25, 2006 11:50 AM PST

Indirect lighting, of course, would be ideal. What sets are you considering ??? Some models have non-glare screens.

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by HTHMAN / January 25, 2006 12:24 PM PST

I think the glare and reflections on plasma is less than the RP sets. Most have reflective protective covers over the screen that reflects a lot of light.

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New Sony CRT's have a non-glare surface.......
by Riverledge / January 25, 2006 2:17 PM PST
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Sony models with an "N" at the end of the model number
are supposedly non-reflective. That's what I've heard.
I don't find plasmas or flat screen LCDs very reflective, either. If you have recessed or track lighting you'll be ahead of the game. Good shopping.


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Glare & Reflection
by jschill9 / January 26, 2006 2:23 AM PST

Thanks for your input, I am considering a panasonic,pioneer or Sony. I should have added that in order to conduct a "test" I brought home a Maxvent from Costco. The glare caused by the light from the windows was terrible. Also in the eveing when a table lamp was on about 20 feet away you could see the entire reflection of the lamp. Needless to say that set was returned to Costco

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No Reflections Here Except In My Head
by RoadRunner6 / January 25, 2006 4:17 PM PST

I have had no problems at all with reflections. The only problems I have seen are in the frames of the sets that have the shiny black bezels like some of the Pioneer units.


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Anti Glare coatings
by how / January 27, 2006 9:27 PM PST

Zenith 50'' plasma has an anti Glare coating. It is the best I've seen but, no flat surface will be completely free from reflecting bright light from every angle.

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It's called optical physics. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 27, 2006 10:55 PM PST

Flat glass = reflection. Period. Anti-glare coatings help.

I get this same question asked almost every day from my customers. They're concerned that the ENTIRE WINDOW WALL might cause glare or reflections. I have to hold my temper to keep from asking them if they are dense. I explain politely that yes, a thirty foot wall of windows might wash out the picture or cause a little glare.

It's the nature of flat glass TVs. Normal room lighting will not affect a plasma. Three hundred square feet of windows will.

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Less glare if you angle down the screen.
by aarnoldt / January 27, 2006 11:08 PM PST

Just tilt the screen down so the reflections are off the screen. I have notice that most LCD screen are non-reflective. I have both but LCD in a 40" or larger screen are very exspensive.

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