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Published on November 13th, 2019 | by Bibhuranjan

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The Appeal of Bias Lighting in Modern Homes

A very distinct feature of modern homes is that, most of them have subtle ambient lighting, be it for the roof ceiling or behind TV’s. It adds a touch of drama to the overall appearance of the home and looks good too. But the appeal of mood lighting beyond just ambiance and show.

Our eyes are complex and can become tired very easily, especially if you spend long times continually looking at a bright object in darker surroundings. If you are on a PC, then the PC screen is most likely the brightest object in the room you are working in, as is the TV where you watch it. The result is your eyes attach to the bright light that is dominating the area you are focused on, and become fatigued and strained. This can lead to eye-strain and cause headaches, as you are continually a bright patch of light in a dark room.

Now, you may think that adjusting the brightness on your PC or TV screen would be the answer to the problem, or you may play with the contrast until your eyes feel more comfortable. In fact, this might not be the answer at all, as there is another way of making sure you get the best view of your screen, while not putting your eyes through too much strain. It’s called bias lighting, and we’re going to explain what it’s all about!

What is Bias Lighting?

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In a normal room – be it your sitting room, an office, bedroom or wherever you use your PC – you will have lighting from windows during daylight hours, and from the usual ceiling lights and perhaps occasional table or standard lamps around the room. These provide the environment in which you view your bright PC screen.

This layout means that light is being projected onto and around your screen at all times. This does not help the situation, hence bias lighting. Bias lighting is a type of light that is placed behind your PC screen – or your television – and projects the light outwards and around it. In effect, bias lighting is creating a pool of light in which your screen sits, and becomes a part of.

The effect is that you get a widened light area in which your PC screen is no longer dominating, yet the light that saturates the area is not too bright to harm your eyes or affect your vision. It’s clever, very simple, and very effective. There are also further benefits of bias lighting; first, the contrast of your screen will become more notable. You will be able to perceive grey and black on your screen in better clarity, although you have not adjusted the setting.

So, to sum up, using a light behind the screen – we’ll talk about the type of light in a moment – not only gives your eyes a rest, but it improves your viewing quality. It sounds like something you need to know more about!

What is Bias RGB Lighting?

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So far, we’ve talked about bias lighting, so what do we mean when we say – as in the title – RGB lighting? This is where light becomes very interesting indeed, and perhaps things get a little scientific and technical, so we’ll keep it simple!

You might have guessed that RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue. Now, in RGB LED bias lighting – note that LED’s are a very effective and efficient method of creating a bias lighting system – these three colours can combine using LED lights to create more than 16million different colours or shades of light. That’s an impressive performance in any situation, and the fact that LED is so energy efficient makes it even more so.

How do you use RGB to create an effective bias lighting effect? There are many off-the-shelf bias lighting LED kits that use the RGB process to create a very impressive area of usable light, which is perfect for viewing a screen in either light or dark conditions, while reducing eye strain and increasing the clarity and contrast. These usually take the form of strips of LED lights which are attached to the rear of the screen, thus radiating the coloured light outwards.

With many such kits you can adjust the hue as you wish – sometime using a remote control or an app – and they are not expensive or difficult to fit. There are also special kits for gamers that come with an LED set and accessories, and are designed to make long periods at your screen far more comfortable.

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The benefits if having bias RGB lighting for your PC screen can’t be overlooked, and once you get the colour and brightness right, you will find things a lot more comfortable. The same goes for watching television; light from behind serves a very effective purpose, so you should look at having LED lights behind your TV screen. Check out the various RGB light kits now, and you’ll see just how affordable it can be to reduce the strain on your eyes.

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Bibhuranjan

Editorial Officer, technofaq.org I'm an avid tech enthusiast at heart. I like to mug up on new and exciting developments on science and tech and have a deep love for PC gaming. Other hobbies include writing blog posts, music and DIY projects.



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