I finally finished a project I’ve had on my list for ages — installing wall-facing LED backlighting behind my TV in the living room. It’s a 65″ screen, and it can really cause major eye strain when you’re watching a movie in a darkened room. Experts agree that having ambient lighting in the room prevents your eyes from getting fatigued from the high-contrast nature of TV viewing. The problem with new LED TVs, though, is that they tend to reflect ambient light in the room — spoiling the quality of the picture. Major high-end TVs actually come with rear-facing lighting that adjusts in color and brightness to provide the optimal viewing experience. But these are TVs that usually cost as much as a car.
Luckily, I found the time and energy tonight to whip out the soldering iron and some spare parts from the garage, and I lined my TV’s rear perimeter with color configurable RGB LEDs so that I can enjoy the enhanced picture quality of backlighting without the enhanced price tag.
If you’re interested in doing the same, the materials cost about $30 for a 50-75″ TV, and it takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’d be happy to give you instructions!