Improve your TV watching experience with bias lighting

Would you like to watch TV in the best way possible? Bias lighting, also know as backlighting, is the best way to watch TV shows.

What is bias lighting? Don’t worry, I didn’t know what it meant, either. Through my research, I’ve discovered that bias lighting is the name given to any ambient lighting that’s used behind your TV set. This process is also called “backlighting” for obvious reasons. Okay… Now that we have an idea of what bias lighting is, let’s talk about what it does. Backlighting improves your TV viewing experience in three major ways: It improves your perceived contrast, reduces eyestrain headaches, and creates an enjoyable ambience. Solid Signal has a backlighting solution to improve your TV viewing experience but first, let’s get into the science of bias lighting.

Black and Grey Contrast

Take a look at the grey bar in the middle of this image. Does the middle to right side of the bar seem darker than the left side? It certainly looks that way, but it isn’t. Would you believe me if I told you that bar is the same shade of grey from end to end? The difference you perceive is due to something called the “simultaneous contrast illusion.” It has something to do with how our eyes perceive grey to be darker and richer when seen against a lighter background. If this simple exercise is any indication, imagine how backlighting will affect the contrast with which you view blacks and greys on the programs you watch. (No more having to adjust the values for brightness and contrast on your TV set!)

Less Eye Strain

Are you prone to eye strains and associated headaches? I know that I am. Well, watching a brightly illuminated TV in a dark room can actually bring on these minor but irritating discomforts. Backlighting puts an end to the eye strains and headaches by preventing your eyes from constantly adjusting between a bright TV screen and a darkened room. When done properly, soft white LED lights behind your TV also gives your TV viewing room a pleasant ambience. It’s the perfect balance you need to enjoy your favorite news, sports, weather, and entertainment.

Want to add Bias Lighting to Your TV?

Bias lighting can be yours with a little help from your friends here at Solid Signal. We’re proud to offer this USB LED backlight kit. It’s a strip of soft, zero-glare lights attaches to the back of your TV set with easy-to-apply 3M adhesive tape. A USB connector plugs into your TV, which turns the lights on and off with your set. This backlight kit improves the contrast on your TV while it reduces eye strain. The end result: A more enjoyable TV viewing experience thanks to Solid Signal and the power of bias lighting!

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.