Lighting Your Entertainment Space

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One often overlooked aspect of the home entertainment space or man cave is the lighting. It is often either too bright, with a light from a window causing an annoying glare on a TV, or it is so dark that you are tripping over your own feet. Here are a few tips to give your space just the right vibe.

Backlight your TV

Many of us watch a TV while sitting in the dark. It is a bright panel against a black wall. This is not the most optimal situation for our eyes. The TV will look better if it has a small amount of light behind and around the sides. A backlight can help it all look better.

An easy way to do this is with LED strips. You can buy pre-made lengths of LED lights in a tube or a strip. You can find them online or at your local big box home improvement store. They are very energy efficient, using only 10% of the electricity of incandescent bulbs. You can get these in various colors or multicolored strips with a control box.

You can also get kits that work with your television and vary the color, timing and intensity of the lighting based on what is on the television. Creators of some movies have designed lighting shows to go along with their movies, to create a more impressive viewing experience.

Help your eyes

If you need prescription eyeglasses, buy them with an antiglare coating. If you wear glasses, you may not notice how much reflections on the inside of your eyeglasses are a distraction. At places like Coastal or Zenni you can buy glasses with an antiglare coating for just a few extra dollars. Your view of the TV will be much better, especially in dark scenes or an especially dark room.

Dimmer Switches

If you have overhead lights, you may like having them on a dimmer switch. Putting in a dimmer switch is a task that can be handled by the average homeowner, as long as you follow safety rules, like turning off the electricity before installation.  Being able to lower the lights makes for better movie watching or gives the room a more intimate feel. You can even buy gadgets that will connect your dimmer switch with a remote or an app, for quick adjustment without even having to get up.