Get Infinitely Better Picture by Installing LED Backlighting

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.

My TV lined with RGB LEDs facing backward.

My TV lined with RGB LEDs facing backward.

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!

The finished product; ambient light behind the TV so there is no eye strain AND no glare!

The finished product; ambient light behind the TV so there is no eye strain AND no glare! (Click to see full size image)