How to Reduce Window Problems in Home TheatersWindows wreak havoc on home theater lighting and acoustics. Use these tips to minimize interference.
Windows add architectural interest and beauty to any space. It's too bad they're such a pain when it's time to watch a movie. You know the drill: Close the drapes before you pop in the DVD; open them back up when the final credits roll. The glare that sweeps across the screen when sunlight hits it is just one of many problems windows can cause. Fortunately, there are a slew of solutions that are easy and affordable to implement.Problem #1: A Washed-Out Picture
There's something unnerving about seeing Superman in pink tights. Oh wait, those tights are really red. Sunlight has a way of muting even the most vibrant hues, tossing a distracting glare over the movie action and casting weird shadows while you're trying to catch a key play of the ball game.Solutions:
Bright displays - Allowing light to spill into a home theater is never a good thing, but thanks to advances in technology, it's not as problematic as it used to be, say professional home theater designers. Plasma TVs work great in high-light environments, and now they come in big screen sizes, says Aaron Carmack of Progressive Audio in Columbus, OH. Even newer video projectors, devices that once required complete darkness, can function admirably in sunny rooms. You can actually enjoy a DLP projector without having to put up any window coverings at all, claims Jim Sweeney of Hometronics Lifestyles in North Haven, CT.
Window coverings - Covering the windows with drapes and shades is an obvious solution. But you can go a step further by attaching the coverings to a motor that can be controlled from a handheld remote or automated to open and close based on certain conditions, like whenever the DVD player is activated. If your home theater will exist in a room that's unfinished, like a basement or a bonus room, you could simply cover up the windows with the newly constructed walls.
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