Originally Posted by jayn_j
If you are questioning a large LED set due to reflections, then I would really have issues with recommending a projector. Any light that was bad enough to cause reflections will totally wash out a FP screen.
I agree with Kirk on the Black Diamond. They work for what they are, but people who buy them expect some sort of magic. There is no silver bullet here. Although a Black Diamond will allow you to project in a moderately lighted room, there is no way it will perform with sunlight hitting it.
Appreciate all the replies.
The 3 windows that we like to open during the day face North and South, so light would never actually hit the screen.
I don't mind a little bit of wash out during the day, but covering up the windows during the day (when a great breeze is blowing through) is out of the question.
I guess my real question is, barring any consideration of cost, what screens have been known to work pretty well in ambient light?
Today is an average day from a brightness perspective here. I installed a lux meter on my phone (Galaxy S5) and sensing directly from the screen location towards the open windows reads max of 35lux. The brightest spot in the room is in the middle of the room on the floor, the reading from there directly toward the 2 open windows on the north is around 300.
I went outside with the same app and reading directly toward the sky reads 10,000 and horizontal reading max out at around 2200.
I'd say today it's just a little brighter in here than the lighting in a movie theater before the movie starts (while people are finding their seats and the commercials are showing), (not as bright as at end of movie when they are cleaning the room).
Today is an overcast day (typical here in Michigan).
Overcast day readings:
From Screen 35lux max (directly toward windows)
Center of room on floor 300lux max (directly toward windows)
outside horizontal reading 2200lux max
outside reading straight up 10,000lux max
On a bright sunny/clear day, I'd expect 2-3x the illumination in this room (100lux at screen)
In the summer, with all the leaves on the trees, very little direct sunlight comes in these windows. In fact, at all times almost all the light coming into this room is indirect.
I hope this wasn't just random/useless rambling.
I probably need to find some showrooms and perform some viewing and measure the brightness in those rooms.