Originally Posted by Tom V
The glowing blue backlight in the picture is called "bias lighting." Instead of blue or any other distinct tint (a marketing hype a couple of manufacturers [not Pioneer] DID build into their sets), the recommended bias lighting should be 10% white (a pale gray). The purpose is to reduce eye strain from watching such a relatively small screen in a completely dark room. CinemaQuest is a company that makes a product line called Ideal-Lume. Joe Kane's Blu-ray DVE is a good source for additional info and set-up.
Don't have it now, but am considering adding some kind of bias lighting to my 111.
I went this route with my Panny 85U and will move my "generic" bias light from my Panny to my 111FD. You can spend the $60-$90 on the Ideal-Lume (forget how much it costs), or you can make your own cheaper version for about $16-$20.
This is a link from the Panny 85U thread and my buddy Elway Lite posted the materials, cost, and even a pic to show you how to do it (you need to take the filter shield off the fixture and use electrical tape on the bulb to cut off some of the light).http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...light&page=180
All I know is, that this made a big difference on my Panny and am sure it will help with my Elite as well.
BTW...Elway Lite did eventually purchase the Ideal-Lume (was thrown in with his professional calibration), but he said the difference in effect was marginal.