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Old 02-25-2009, 11:34 AM   #1  
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How dark do you need to make a room to make your plasma look good?

When I start reading about plasma TV's and they mention that too much light will destroy the picture. I am confused on what too much means.

Does that mean that you cant watch TV on a Saturday in the middle the day without shutting out all the sunlight from your windows and sliding glass door?

Help me on what I should expect, and educate me on how great the disparity is between a plasma in a dark room, and and overlighted room with natural sunlight.

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Old 02-25-2009, 12:07 PM   #2  
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As long as direct sunlight is not striking the screen, you would have no problem. I have a 58" plasma in room with a sliding patio door on one side of the TV, back about 5 feet from TV: with direct sunlight filling the room, I can watch TV just fine. Sometimes I will bump the picture mode from "movie" to "normal" to brighten the picture-- but not often is that even necessary.

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Thanks Rick,
so what you are saying is, unless it is bright sun gleaming onto the screen it doesnt effect it greatly?

How bout a sliding door that was 20 feet away opposite the screen but not directly across.

Any thoughts on how disruptive that would be?

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If you currently have a CRT tube TV there now it will be even better with a plasma because of the anti-glare screen many plasmas have.

No TV will look good with direct sun shining on it even LCDs, and mfg recommend against doing this also. The only times I can see that LCD would be strongly preferred is if used as a computer monitor a lot also, or in a sunroom with no way to block a lot of sunlight. Other than that a plasma will usually be a good choice in general.
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If you currently have a CRT tube TV there now it will be even better with a plasma because of the anti-glare screen many plasmas have.

No TV will look good with direct sun shining on it even LCDs, and mfg recommend against doing this also. The only times I can see that LCD would be strongly preferred is if used as a computer monitor a lot also, or in a sunroom with no way to block a lot of sunlight. Other than that a plasma will usually be a good choice in general.

I am finishing up the construction of the room it is about 99% done, currently there is just a piece of crap old 27 inch in there for now.

Basically because the room was just added on I have nothing to compare it to. That is why all the questions. I know in my basement what my CRT mitsubishi looks like and where it looks best and why, so I could make better judgements about viewing in that enviorment. But for this room I have very little to go on.

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Do you have a problem with the 27" CRT in regard to light in there? Take into account that if it is an old TV it might be fairly dim already.

If you can see it fine when you try to watch that 27 incher then you should be fine with a plasma.
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Do you have a problem with the 27" CRT in regard to light in there? Take into account that if it is an old TV it might be fairly dim already.

If you can see it fine when you try to watch that 27 incher then you should be fine with a plasma.
I had it on Sunday (Capitals v Penquins), no shades on any of the windows or doors, and the picture was okay, DTV-SD into a 27-Zenith from the 90's. It was the middle of the day and there was a bit of sun out.

I am really trying to make sure I do the right thing in the Plasma v LCD selection, I am pretty sure I need a 50 or 52. and trying to make sure I have an enjoyable picture from all seating locations.

Thanks for everyones help and suggestions, keep it coming.
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If you had no problem with the 27" CRT you should have no problem with a 50" plasma in the same location & seating.
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I just replaced my curved CRT with a plasma, so I understand where you're coming from. You hear so much about light on the plasmas, and the glare factor, that it really makes you leery of the plasma TVs.

I've found that the sunlight does effect the plasma, but it isn't anywhere near as exaggerated as I've seen people say. Like Rick F stated above, you can change your plasma to be brighter if it gets a little washed out in bright light. I haven't had any real issues with this, and I have a 5'x10' giant picture window in the wall to the left of my tv. On weekends, I just turn the mini blinds almost closed, and the issue goes away.

The glare on my 42" plasma (I have some poorly placed windows in my house) isn't anywhere near as bad as it was on my 27" CRT. Yes, there's a glare reflection, but it's a very muted reflection, while I could almost use my CRT as a mirror on bright days. The plasma reflects a bluish reflection that is noticeable, but not distracting.
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I had it on Sunday (Capitals v Penquins), no shades on any of the windows or doors, and the picture was okay, DTV-SD into a 27-Zenith from the 90's. It was the middle of the day and there was a bit of sun out.

I am really trying to make sure I do the right thing in the Plasma v LCD selection, I am pretty sure I need a 50 or 52. and trying to make sure I have an enjoyable picture from all seating locations.

Thanks for everyones help and suggestions, keep it coming.
You may also want to consider your seating locations like you mentioned. A plasma will give you better viewing angles than LCDs will.
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